Turn Notepad++ into a log file analyzer
It’s always a pain to analyze log files using a text editor. The good news is that Notepad++ supports user-defined languages, so I wrote a custom syntax highlighter. I’ve kept it simple: green numbers, grey strings and custom colors for different log levels. But this little bit of color usage is a huge improvement while scrolling through tons of black text. Here’s how you enable it:
- Download this XML file
- Import the file:
Define your language...→
- Restart the application.
.log extension automatically use this syntax highlighter, but you can always activate it manually:
This configuration was written for Java logging (Log4J, Logback etc.), but it can be easily customized to work with other log patterns. Use the same dialog to adjust the colors and/or keywords, no XML hacking needed.