Crawl log permissions

As a Global Administrator or SharePoint Administrator in Microsoft 365, you can grant users read access to crawl log information for the tenant. The crawl log tracks information about the status of crawled content.

A typical use case is in eDiscovery, where you can grant a security group permission to view the crawl log information for the tenant. The users in the security group can view the crawl log data via the eDiscovery portal to check whether crawled content was successfully added to the search index, or whether indexing failed because of an error. For more information, see Get started with eDiscovery (Standard) in Microsoft Purview and Investigating partially indexed items in eDiscovery.

Grant users permission to view the crawl log information

  1. Go to More features in the SharePoint admin center, and sign in with an account that has admin permissions for your organization.


If you have Office 365 operated by 21Vianet (China), sign in to the Microsoft 365 admin center, then browse to the SharePoint admin center and open the More features page.

  1. Under Search, select Open.

  2. On the search administration page, select Crawl Log Permissions.

  3. In the Crawl Log Permissions box, enter names or email addresses. The names of valid users or user groups appear in the list as you enter letters in the box.

  4. Select OK.