How to view Minecraft client logs

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Published on: November 10, 2015

A lot of people do not know that the Minecraft Client creates a log file every time you login and play. It is stored in your Minecraft folder. However, it’s not as easy to find unless you are familiar with installing plugins and mods. Below is a quick tutorial on how to access this folder so you can view your logs if you wish. This was done for a friend who has Windows 8.1. Instructions for Win7 and Win10 may differ slightly, but should be similar. Any questions or comments please let me know.

Follow these steps to display hidden files and folders in Windows 8 and 8.1:

  1. Press the Windows + S key combination to open the “Search” box.
  2. Type “folder” into the Search box, then select Folder Options from the list of search results. The “Folder Options” window should open.
  3. Select the View tab.
  4. Under “Advanced Settings”, select Show hidden files, folders, and drives.
  5. Click Apply, then click Ok.

Now all of your system’s hidden files and folders should be visible.

Now lets find the .minecraft folder.

  1. Press Windows + R (Windows button and “R” at the same time). This will bring up the “Run” Dialogue box
  2. Type in %appdata%. Click Ok
  3. It should bring you to \Yourusername\AppData\Roaming folder
  4. You should now see a folder named “.minecraft
  5. Click “.minecraft”. You should see a folder called “logs
  6. Click “logs”. You should see a bunch of files with *.log.gz extensions. For example, YYYY-MM-DD.log.gz

You can open the files with a compression program like winzip, winrar, or 7zip. If you don’t have any of those, I suggest you install one.

Open any of the .gz files with your compression program (winzip, winrar, or 7zip). Then you will see a file that has an extension of .log. For example, YYYY-MM-DD.log. You can view the .log file with Notepad/Wordpad or any other wordprocessor program.

Each logs are archived by date.

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  1. Ирина says:

    We re going to create a text file in mcserver s home that will contain the configuration data for the Overviewer. This file is usually called overviewer.cfg and contains many stanzas of code. First, we re going to cover the basics of the configuration file and generate our first map, then we ll come back and cover how to set points of interest. If you are still logged in as root, use  su mcserver to switch to the Minecraft server user.

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