Convert .etl trace log file into readable txt file

gaolei 206 Reputation points

Hi Heroes,

Just curious, is there has some easy ways to convert the .etl trace log into readable text files?
I have seen some private tools to view .etl trace log before, but I'm not a programmer, just wondering is there has some easier ways to approach this so that I can do some troubleshooting things when necessary.
Thanks in advance...

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  1. Sunny Qi 10,896 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hi @gaolei ,

    Thanks for posting in Q&A platform.

    May I know if the .etl file is Windows update log?

    • If yes

    Please run the following command in PowerShell to convert ETL files related Windows update to a readable WindowsUpdate.log on desktop. And then I would suggest to open this file with Notepad or Notepad++.




    • If not

    You could save the trace log files of type .etl on your device. And then please open Event Viewer and go to Action menu and choose the option "Open saved log".


    Select Trace Log files (*.etl)


    Locate to the file you saved and click Open


    Select Yes, for easier to navigate and manipulate, Event viewer will convert the .etl file into event log format


    Insert Description and then click OK


    Then you can read the content of the .etl log files in Save logs of Event Viewer.


    Best Regards,


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  1. gaolei 206 Reputation points

    Thanks!! exactly what I need.