SWATCH (Simple WATCHer) Alternatives

    SWATCH (Simple WATCHer) is described as 'SWATCH, the Simple WATCHer of Logfiles, started out as the "simple watchdog" for activly monitoring log files produced by UNIX's syslog facility. It has since been evolving into a utility that can monitor just about any type of log' and is an app in the Network & Admin category. There are eight alternatives to SWATCH (Simple WATCHer) for Windows, Linux and Mac. The best alternative is Logwatch, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like SWATCH (Simple WATCHer) are Log Parser Lizard (Freemium), Microsoft Log Parser (Free), Retrospective Log Analyzer (Paid) and Specto (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 22, 2017

    1. Logwatch is a customizable log analysis system. Logwatch parses through your systems logs and creates a report analyzing areas that you specify. Logwatch is easy to use and will work right out of the package on most systems.
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    2. Log Parser Lizard is a versatile GUI tool that provides query access (using SQL) to text-based data, such as log files, XML files, Event Logs, TSV/CSV text files, as well as databases like MS SQL Server, Google BigQuery, OLEDB (MySQL, Oracele, etc.).
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    3. Log parser is a powerful, versatile tool that provides universal query access to text-based data such as log files, XML files and CSV files, as well as key data sources on the Windows operating system such as the Event Log, the Registry, the file system, and Active Directory.

      Discontinued

      The program is no longer updated. Last version, 2.2, released in April 2005, can be still downloaded from the official website.

    4. Retrospective is a lean solution for IT people to manage enterprise log data on either Windows, Mac or Linux.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      Specto is a desktop application that will watch configurable events (such as website updates, emails, file and folder changes, system processes, etc) and then trigger notifications.

      Discontinued

      The program is not actively maintained anymore. Last version, 0.4.1, released in August 2011, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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    5. Logcheck is a simple utility which is designed to allow a system administrator to view the logfiles which are produced upon hosts under their control. It does this by mailing summaries of the logfiles to them, after first filtering out "normal" entries.

      Discontinued

      Domain no longer registered.

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    6. LogAnayzer is a text editor specifically designed to analyze log files faster and easier by allowing the user to create, store and apply rules. When a log line contains all the patterns of a rule a match is added to the index.
    7. Log Parser Studio is a utility that allows you to search through and create reports from your IIS, Event, EXADB and others types of logs. It builds on top of Log Parser 2.2 and has a full user interface for easy creation and management of SQL queries.
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