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tail is described as 'A command line tool to output the last part of files' and is a web log analyzer in the network & admin category. There are more than 10 alternatives to tail for Mac, Windows, Linux and BSD. The best alternative is less, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like tail are unxutils, gnome-logs, Tail for Win32 and macOS Console.

tail alternatives are mainly Web Log Analyzers but may also be Log Analyzers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of tail.
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A command line tool to output the last part of files.

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  1. less

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
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    10 alternatives to less 

    Less is a free, open-source file pager. It can be found on most versions of Linux, Unix and Mac OS, as well as on many other operating systems.

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    1.  Command line interfaceless either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    2.  Lightweightless consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    • unxutils

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      6 alternatives to unxutils 

      Here are some ports of common GNU utilities to native Win32. In this context, native means the executables do only depend on the Microsoft C-runtime (msvcrt.dll) and not an emulation layer like that provided by Cygwin tools.

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      gnome-logs

      13 alternatives to gnome-logs 

      Logs is a viewer for the systemd journal.

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    • Tail for Win32 icon

      Tail for Win32

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      25 alternatives to Tail for Win32 

      Tail for Win32 is used to monitor changes to files; displaying the changed lines in realtime. This makes Tail ideal for watching log files.

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      macOS Console

      • Mac
      15 alternatives to macOS Console 

      An application to view live log files.

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      Log Transformer

      9 alternatives to Log Transformer 

      Monitor log files in real time using customized filter and formatting rules. Use regular expressions to apply color and formatting. Go even further by filtering out unwanted text or lines. https://logtransformer.com.

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    • slit

      • Mac
      • Windows
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      • BSD
      8 alternatives to slit 

      A modern pager for viewing logs, get more than most in less time.

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      1.  Command line interfaceslit either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
      2.  Portableslit can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    • tail for Windows icon

      tail for Windows

      • Windows
      25 alternatives to tail for Windows 

      tail for Windows is a UNIX/Linux like tail DOS Command for Windows that designed to display last lines of a file and trace/monitor file's change. You can also intercept a file from specified line by using the redirection symbol.

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    • Goldilogs

      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      17 alternatives to Goldilogs 

      Intuitive and powerful real-time log viewer. Low CPU/RAM/network usage. Handles large files (gigabytes), instant loading, colour highlighting, tailing and powerful text/RegEx searching.

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      Easy to use Colour Highlighting Scheme Editor.
    • more

      • FreeOpen Source
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      7 alternatives to more 

      More is a filter for paging through text one screenful at a time. This version is especially primitve. Users should realize that less(1) provides more(1) emulation and extensive enhancements.

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      1.  Command line interfacemore either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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