ULS Viewer for SharePoint 2013 download

This SharePoint tutorial explains, what is USL Viewer in SharePoint? How to download and use URL Viewer in SharePoint 2013/2016.

Finally, Unified Logging Service (ULS) VIewer for sharepoint 2013 released (at the time of writing this article).

What is URL Viewer in SharePoint?

ULS Viewer is a useful FREE tool from Microsoft, which will run on the SharePoint on-premises server like SharePoint 2013/2016 to connect to the log files which SharePoint maintains in the environment. We can only get the log details from the local SharePoint server.

ULS Viewer is a Windows application that provides a simplified view of ULS log files in SharePoint 2013. Not only view, in ULS viewer, you can filter, sort, highlight, aggregate, append logs. ULS also, writes events to the Trace Log and stores them in the file system.

Note: We can not use ULS Viewer to connect to SharePoint Online logs.

According to Bill Baer article, there are some fixes in the ULS Viewer.

  • Resolved updating defined filters while in a paused state which provides IT Professionals and Developers an additional tool to isolate issues in high trace flow environments.
  • Fixed Find Again command missing matching entries.
  • Fixed issues with multi-line messages.
  • Applies more strict filter with RegEx when finding the uls log files in the log folder so that non-uls log files are not picked.

ULS viewer SharePoint 2013 download

Before using ULS viewer in your SharePoint server, you can download ULS viewer for SharePoint 2013.

download uls viewer sharepoint 2013
download uls viewer sharepoint 2013

Run ULS Viewer in SharePoint 2013 Server

Once you download ULS viewer, it will provide a zip file, which you can unzip and it will provide a .exe file like below:

download uls viewer sharepoint 2013
download uls viewer sharepoint 2013

To start ulsviewer, double click on the setup file, which will open the ULS viewer tool like below:

SharePoint uls viewer
SharePoint uls viewer

In the tool, click on the File Open icon to load our ULS log fille. The default location for the log file is:

E:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\16\LOGS

Here I have installed SharePoint 2016 on E drive.

SharePoint 2016 uls log viewer
SharePoint 2016 uls log viewer

Filter Logs in ULS Viewer using Correlation ID

We can easily filter the logs based on the Correlation id in ULS viewer in SharePoint 2016/2013.

Click on the Filter icon, which will open the Filter dialog box. There you can select the Field on which you want to run the filter. We can choose various options from the Operations like Equals, Not Equals, Contains, etc. We can use the And/Or conditions to add more filter conditions like below:

filter log in uls viewer sharepoint
filter log in uls viewer sharepoint

Apart from this, we can also quickly see High importance messages by clicking on the Show High Messages like below:

filter log in uls viewer sharepoint 2010
filter log in uls viewer sharepoint 2010

Show selected columns in ULS Viewer

By default, the uls viewer will display all the columns like Time, Server, Process, Thread, Product, Category, EventID, Level, Correlation, Message etc.

Here, we can display only selected columns. Go to Formatting -> Choose Columns…

Then in the ColumnChooserForm dialog box, we can uncheck the columns which we do not want to appear like below:

filter log in uls viewer sharepoint 2013
filter log in uls viewer sharepoint 2013

Once you select the columns, now only those selected columns will appear in the ULS Viewer.

filter log in uls viewer sharepoint 2016
filter log in uls viewer sharepoint 2016

Monitor Log in Real time in ULS Viewer

We can easily monitor log in real time in URL Viewer in SharePoint 2013/2016. Click on the “Monitor log in real time” button. Once you click on the button, it will ask you to select the default logs file location like below:

monitor log in real tieme in ulsviewer in sharepoint
monitor log in real tieme in ulsviewer in sharepoint

Once you click on OK, it will start monitor the logs in real time and you can check like below:

monitor log in real tieme in ulsviewer in sharepoint 2013
monitor log in real tieme in ulsviewer in sharepoint 2013

Export Logs in ULSViewer in SharePoint 2013/2016

We can easily export the filter logs in CSV file formation in ulsviewer in SharePoint 2013/2016.

Click on File -> Save as…

export logs in ulsviewer sharepoint
export logs in ulsviewer sharepoint

This will ask to save the file in csv format in SharePoint ULSViewer in SharePoint 2013/2016.

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Hope this SharePoint tutorial explains, what is ulsviewer in SharePoint? How we can use ULSViewer in SharePoint 2013/2016 to see logs and filter logs. We also saw how we can monitor logs in real time using ulsviewer in SharePoint 2013/2016.

We also discussed how to download ulsviewer for SharePoint 2013/2016.

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