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Tail for Win32

This is the homepage of Tail for Win32 - the Windows version of the UNIX 'tail -f' command.

Tail for Win32 is used to monitor changes to files; displaying the changed lines in realtime. This makes Tail ideal for watching log files.

Tail has a plugin architecture, which allows notifications to occur when certain keywords are detected in monitored files. At the moment a MAPI plugin is available, and work is in progress on an SMTP version.


A few features of Tail:

  • Watch multiple files in realtime

  • Detect keyword matches, and highlight occurences

  • Send mail notifications on keyword matches by SMTP or MAPI

  • Plugin architecture allows you to write specialised handlers

  • Can process files of any size on all types of drive (local or networked)


A number of downloads are available:

  • The binary package: a precompiled version, ready to go out of the box. The ZIP file contains the runnable EXE and a readme.

  • The source package: everything you need to build and modify Tail

  • The 'Devel' package: a snapshot of my development version at the time of the upload. Only download the 'Devel' package if you don't mind sofware that doesn't really 100% work...

Please go to Tail's SourceForge project page to download.


If you find Tail for Win32 useful, then why not donate a little to show your appreciation. Even a small amount will be very gratefully received! If you're happy to leave a comment when you donate, I'll add you to the supporters page.

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Tail's License

Tail is OpenSource and is licensed under the GPL. In a nutshell, this allows you to give Tail away free or for a cost, but to do so you must also give the source away with it.



©2002 Paul Perkins 

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