Tuesday, November 15, 2011

How to tail a file in Windows using Notepad++

Q: Notepad++ is great for viewing log files but the prompt that file has been updated gets old.  How can we configure it to automatically reload when the log file has been updated?
A: Install the Document Monitor Plugin.
  1. Open Notepad++ (Available here)
  2. Click Plugins / Click Plugin Manager / Click Show Plugin Manager
  3. Click the checkbox next to "Document Monitor" (Figure 1) 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.
Figure 1: Install Document Monitor plugin

There is also a great application called Baretail for this.