Information about the .log (log) file type

Below is all the information we have available on file about the .log (log) file type.

.log
Generic application log file.

Log files are typically either text or binary. A text log file is typically a human readable log of events or actions, possibly with time or date information. Binary log files are often used by databases and do not contain any human readable information. The content and the purpose of a .log file will vary according to the application that generates it.

 Since so many applications generate .log files it is not practical to attempt to identify the application from the .log file extension. However, if the application can be identified then this will help identify the purpose and role of the .log file.

Where this is available we would like to include file format information on .log files, as well as information on how to view or open files of type .log. If you know of any information which we have missed then please let us know.