I wish to tail a large log file. I used to access the file through samba but IT don't agree to install samba on the servers. We have sFTP but I can only download the log file and then view it. However, I want to read it as it grows in realtime, like using tail -f on a *nix machine.

Is there a plugin for notepad++ that I can use in order to view the log in such a way?

  • Can't you ssh and tail directly it? You can tail -n NN > newlog.txt and then copy and open the new shorter one with Notepad++ (but why Notepad++?) – dadexix86 Jul 7 '16 at 7:26
  • I have the same problem, i have notepad++ 7.8.3 and tail dont works in realtime, i can see the file with NPPftp, but not in realtime, i have to download it each time. Any solution? Thanks! – JonGa Jan 28 '20 at 11:05

Install the Document Monitor Plugin in Notepad++.

  1. Open Notepad++.
  2. Click Plugins, click Plugin Manager, click Show Plugin Manager.
  3. Click the checkbox next to Document Monitor, then click Install (let it restart Notepad++ when prompted).
  4. With Notepad++ open, open the log file to be monitored.
  5. Click Plugins, click Document Monitor, click Start to Monitor.
  6. The file will automatically be reloaded when it is updated.

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Since the last version (7.5.6) the tail -f function should works. enter image description here

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