How to Parse the Log File Using Notepad + +

Posted: June 20, 2018 by Natalya Rahmany

How to parse  the log file using Notepad + +

As part of a daily testing routine with logs, I  analyze the log using Notepad++. 

Various tools in the market provide a convenient parse solution to the logs, but from my experience, most of the testers and developers work with logs use Notepad++. 

In this post, I will explain how easily can be configured Notepad++  for log analyzing.

Most of the cases, a common search keyword that tester searches “Fatal”, “Error” or “Warn”.

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An easy way to identify the Exception in the log to mark each search entry in color. You could write a script and save as an XML file, see an example:

<NotepadPlus>

<UserLang name=”server lag” ext=”log“>

<Settings>

  <Global caseIgnored=”no” />

  <TreatAsSymbol comment=”no” commentLine=”no” />

  <Prefix words1=”no” words2=”no” words3=”no” words4=”no” />

  </Settings>

<KeywordLists>

  <Keywords name=”Delimiters“>(00)00</Keywords>

  <Keywords name=”Folder+” />

  <Keywords name=”Folder-” />

  <Keywords name=”Operators” />

  <Keywords name=”Comment” />

  <Keywords name=”Words1“>FATAL</Keywords>

  <Keywords name=”Words2“>ERROR</Keywords>

  <Keywords name=”Words3“>WARN</Keywords>

  <Keywords name=”Words4” />

  </KeywordLists>

<Styles>

  <WordsStyle name=”DEFAULT” styleID=”11” fgColor=”000000” bgColor=”FFFFFF” fontName=”” fontStyle=”0” />

  <WordsStyle name=”FOLDEROPEN” styleID=”12” fgColor=”000000” bgColor=”FFFFFF” fontName=”” fontStyle=”0” />

  <WordsStyle name=”FOLDERCLOSE” styleID=”13” fgColor=”000000” bgColor=”FFFFFF” fontName=”” fontStyle=”0” />

  <WordsStyle name=”KEYWORD1” styleID=”5” fgColor=”8000FF” bgColor=”FFFFFF” fontName=”” fontStyle=”1” />

  <WordsStyle name=”KEYWORD2” styleID=”6” fgColor=”FF0000” bgColor=”FFFFFF” fontName=”” fontStyle=”1” />

  <WordsStyle name=”KEYWORD3” styleID=”7” fgColor=”FF8000” bgColor=”FFFFFF” fontName=”” fontStyle=”1” />

  <WordsStyle name=”KEYWORD4” styleID=”8” fgColor=”003162” bgColor=”FFFFFF” fontName=”” fontStyle=”0” />

  <WordsStyle name=”COMMENT” styleID=”1” fgColor=”000000” bgColor=”FFFFFF” fontName=”” fontStyle=”0” />

  <WordsStyle name=”COMMENT LINE” styleID=”2” fgColor=”000000” bgColor=”FFFFFF” fontName=”” fontStyle=”0” />

  <WordsStyle name=”NUMBER” styleID=”4” fgColor=”000000” bgColor=”FFFFFF” fontName=”” fontStyle=”0” />

  <WordsStyle name=”OPERATOR” styleID=”10” fgColor=”000000” bgColor=”FFFFFF” fontName=”” fontStyle=”1” />

  <WordsStyle name=”DELIMINER1” styleID=”14” fgColor=”000000” bgColor=”EAEAEA” fontName=”” fontStyle=”0” />

  <WordsStyle name=”DELIMINER2” styleID=”15” fgColor=”000000” bgColor=”FFFFFF” fontName=”” fontStyle=”0” />

  <WordsStyle name=”DELIMINER3” styleID=”16” fgColor=”000000” bgColor=”FFFFFF” fontName=”” fontStyle=”0” />

  </Styles>

  </UserLang>

  </NotepadPlus>

What are you using to logs analyzing? Comment here your best practices with an logs. 

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