Log Parser Meta Resource Site (Last Updated: Jul 09, 2021)

Welcome to the wonderful, niche world of the free command-line tool, Microsoft LogParser (or "Log parser", as it's formally known). Whether you're new to it or an old hand, I've been keeping and curating this list of resources for years, to help folks make the most of this ancient but still-valuable tool.

All the resources below have been confirmed as being accessible as of July 2021. I welcome additions/corrections. Reach out to me.

If you may be new to the tool, here's a brief paragraph from the MS download site that just scratches the surface of its many powers. See below for many more resources that can take you down the rabbit hole of amazing things you can do with LP:
Log parser is a powerful, versatile tool that provides universal query access to text-based data such as log files, XML files and CSV files, as well as key data sources on the Windows® operating system such as the Event Log, the Registry, the file system, and Active Directory®.
Available sections:

Fundamental Log Parser Resources

Log Parser GUIs

There are some available GUIs which can help process LP commands:

Learning More about Log Parser (articles and blog entries)

I've found many more resources since I wrote the article above. Don't worry if some are a few years old. The Log Parser tool hasn't really changed much since 2003. That's ok, though. It does what it does well. Similarly, some of them focus on using it with things like ASP.NET, or MS Exchange, etc. Don't dismiss the articles, though. They may still discuss a feature that could benefit you.

Other Log Parser Resource Lists

  • Log Parser Plus, another meta resource site, with links to examples, articles, references
  • Lizard Labs, the lower portion of this page about the LogParser Lizard tool does have a section pointing to many other LP resources

Bloggers writing a lot about Log Parser

My Own Log Parser Resources

My own personal interests for working with LP started with (and remains focused on) doing troubleshooting and log analysis related to Adobe ColdFusion and the FusionReactor monitor tool. Following are some resources I'd created years ago, but which may still benefit their original audience. If you would like to propose other resources that could be listed here, please contact me.

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