11/2/15 - Support for Windows Server 2012 added.

Wintail is a small FREE program I wrote after struggling to view log files as they were being updated using Windows Notepad. I missed using 'tail -f' in UNIX and since there was no program like it in Windows, I wrote my own. It is much more useful than even the UNIX tail -f because you can have several tiled windows open at once, and you can pause updates while looking closely at the file (so important pieces of information do not whiz by). Very large files are supported (over 2 GB) and error highlighting is available to make errors easier to spot in log files.

License: Wintail is FREE for commercial and non-commercial use with no warranty or guarantees.


Run Wintail and select the open menu item to open files you wish to monitor. You may also drag and drop files onto the title bar or menu bar to open them. If you monitor the same files repeatedly, the most useful way to use Wintail is to create a shortcut and add the files you wish to monitor to the command line as arguments. In the shortcut, modify the 'target' by adding the files to monitor separated by spaces. For files with spaces in the path, surround with double quotes:
c:\progs\wintail.exe c:\somefile.txt "c:\program files\a path with spaces.txt"

Version history:

1.19.2 1.19.1 1.19 1.18 1.17.2 1.17.1 1.17 1.16 1.15 1.14 1.13 1.12 1.11 1.10.1 1.10 Email Andy Hofle