New utility to export event logs into different formats

By | October 14, 2019

Event Log Explorer can export events into Excel, HTML, CSV and PDF files. The export is implemented as an option of user interface and it can be scheduled using internal Event Log Explorer scheduler. Some time ago, I wrote a couple of articles how to schedule export of events into Excel: https://eventlogxp.com/blog/exporting-event-logs-with-windows-powershell/

https://eventlogxp.com/blog/case-study-generating-regular-reports-about-the-problems-in-your-windows-network/).

Both methods are not without drawbacks. The Powershell method doesn’t work well with multi-line descriptions, and Event Log Explorer scheduler requires you to have Event Log Explorer running.

That’s why we are removing the scheduler from Event Log Explorer and releasing a new command-line utility to export events into document files. LogExport utility will be included with new Event Log Explorer 5 and it’s designed to export Event Log Explorer tasks (special event views). However, you can use it even right now to export the whole event logs or log files.

LogExport utility (beta version) is available for download at
https://eventlogxp.com/download/logexport.exe

LogExport can save your events in Microsoft Excel (XLSX), Open Document (ODS), CSV, HTML and PDF files. As a console utility, you can schedule it with Task Manager. The command-line interface is clear and well documented. The usage details are available when you run the utility without parameters.

Examples:

To export local Security log into Excel file, just run it as follows:

logexport /LOGNAME:Security

Note that you may need to run it as administrator to access the security log.

To export Application log from server SERV1 into App.pdf file, run it as follows:

logexport /HOST:SERV1
/LOGNAME:Security /TARGET:PDF /TFILE:App.pdf

To export file C:\Logs\Systembackup.evtx into a set of HTML pages, run

logexport /LOGNAME:"C:\Logs\Systembackup.evtx" /TARGET:HTML

We are waiting for your comments, suggestions and bugreport.

Don’t want to use beta version until final release? Download the latest release of Event Log Explorer to explore and export your events right now!

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