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Audit logs in Microsoft Stream (Classic)

You can use audit logs to monitor and investigate actions taken in Stream. Knowing who is taking what action on which item can be critical in helping your organization meet regulatory compliance and records management requirements.

You can filter the audit data by date range, user, dashboard, report, dataset and activity type. You can also download the activities in a CSV (comma separated value) file to analyze offline and use PowerShell to search for audit logs.

Stream (Classic) audit logs are included in the Microsoft 365 audit logs:

  • To access the auditing section of the Microsoft 365 Security and Compliance portal, you must have an Exchange Online license (included with Microsoft 365 Enterprise E3 and E5 subscriptions).

  • You must either be a Microsoft 365 Global Admin or have an Exchange admin role that provides access to the audit log.

  • Exchange admin roles are controlled through the Exchange admin center. For more information, see Permissions in Exchange Online.

  • If you have access to the audit log but are not a Microsoft 365 Global Admin or a Stream (Classic) admin, you do not have access to the Stream (Classic) admin settings. In this case, use this direct link to the Microsoft 365 Security and Compliance portal audit log.


To view audit logs for Microsoft Stream (Classic) in your Microsoft 365 tenant, you need at least one exchange mailbox license in your tenant.

  1. Go to the Microsoft 365 Security and Compliance portal audit log.

  2. On the Audit log search page, select the criteria for the search.

    • In the drop-down list for Activities under Search, select one of the Stream (Classic) activities: video activities, group / channel activities or general activities. Select anywhere outside of the selection box to close it.

      Menu of Stream (Classic) audit logs.

    • Select dates in the Start date and End date fields.

      The last seven days are selected by default. The date and time are presented in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) format. The maximum date range that you can specify is 90 days.


      Information the user should notice even if skimmingIf you're using the maximum date range of 90 days, select the current time for the Start date. Otherwise, you'll receive an error saying that the start date is earlier than the end date. If you've turned on auditing within the last 90 days, the maximum date range can't start before the date that auditing was turned on.

    • Select specific users in the Users. Use the username that they sign into Microsoft Stream (Classic) with.

      Search date of Stream (Classic) audit logs.

  3. Click Search. After a short time the results are displayed under Results. When the search is finished, the number of results found is displayed.

    View search results of Stream (Classic) audit logs.


    A maximum of 1000 events are displayed; if more than 1000 events meet the search criteria, the newest 1000 events are displayed.

    The results contain the following information about each event returned by the search.

    Column Definition
    Date The date and time (in UTC format) when the event occurred.
    IP address The IP address of the device that was used when the activity was logged. The IP address is displayed in either an IPv4 or IPv6 address format.
    User The user (or service account) who performed the action that triggered the event.
    Activity The activity performed by the user. This value corresponds to the activities that you selected in the Activities drop down list.
    Item The object that was created or modified because of the corresponding activity. For example, the video that was viewed or modified or the user account that was updated. Not all activities have a value in this column.
    Detail Additional detail about an activity. Not all activities have a value in this column.


    Select a column header under Results to sort the results. You can sort the results from A to Z or Z to A. Click the Date header to sort the results from oldest to newest or newest to oldest.

  4. View details about an event by selecting the event record in the list of search results. A details page is displayed that contains the detailed properties from the event record. To display additional details, select More information.

    The following table provides details on that you may see displayed.

    Parameter Definition
    ObjectId EntityId, if applicable \nVideoId \nGroupId
    Resource Title The name of the entity, such as Video Title, Group Name, etc.
    Resource URL The complete path of the entity (video, group, channel) in Microsoft Stream (Classic)
    Operation For a list of operations, refer to the actions being logged section
    ClientIp The IP address of the device that was used when the activity was logged. The IP address is displayed in either an IPv4 or IPv6 address format.
    OrganizationId The tenant ID for your tenant provisioned in Microsoft Stream (Classic)

Actions logged in Stream (Classic)

The following actions are logged.

Action Name Definition
Created video Video entity has been created. No video uploaded yet.
Edited video Video metadata has been edited.
Deleted video Video has been deleted.
Uploaded video Video has been uploaded.
Downloaded video Video download happened.
Edited video permission Video permissions were modified
Viewed video A video has been viewed either in the Stream (Classic) portal or via embed
Shared video Video shared via email.
Liked video A user in the organization liked this video
Unliked video A user disliked a video that they previously liked
Commented on video A comment was made on a video
Deleted video comment A comment on a video was deleted
Uploaded text track A subtitle file was uploaded for a video
Deleted text track A subtitle file was deleted for a video
Uploaded thumbnail A custom thumbnail was uploaded for a video
Deleted thumbnail Custom thumbnail was deleted for a video
Linked on Video A video was associated with a Microsoft 365 Group
Group view* A user viewed an M365 group
Created group Microsoft 365 Group was created from Microsoft Stream (Classic)
Edited group Metadata was updated for Microsoft 365 Group
Deleted group A Microsoft 365 Group was deleted from Microsoft Stream (Classic)
Edited group memberships Microsoft 365 Group permissions were edited
Channel view* A user viewed a Stream (Classic) channel
Created channel A new channel was created
Edited channel Channel metadata was edited
Deleted channel Channel was deleted
Set channel thumbnail Logged after thumbnails complete upload
Logon User Logged in to Microsoft Stream (Classic)
Edited user settings User edited their user settings, such as language
Edited tenant settings Admin updated settings in the Stream (Classic) admin center
Edited global role assignment Admin made updates to the global role assignments such as adding/removing stream admins, video uploaders or channel creators.
Get transcript* A user retrieved a Stream (Classic) transcript
Get text track* A user retrieved a Stream (Classic) text track
Get video* A user failed to retrieve a Stream (Classic) video

*Some Stream (Classic) audit actions are only available in Advanced Audit. That means users must be assigned the appropriate license before these actions are logged in the audit log

Export the Microsoft Stream (Classic) audit log

  1. To export the Microsoft Stream (Classic) audit log to a CSV file, click Export results.

  2. Select either Save loaded results or Download all results.

    Exporting Stream (Classic) audit logs.

Use PowerShell to search the log

You can use PowerShell to access the audit logs based on your login. This is done by accessing Exchange Online.

Here is an example of a command to pull Microsoft Stream (Classic) audit log entries:


In order to use the New-PSSession command, your account needs to have an Exchange Online license assigned to it and you need access to the audit log for your tenant.

 Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned

 $UserCredential = Get-Credential

 $Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://outlook.office365.com/powershell-liveid/ -Credential $UserCredential -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection

 Import-PSSession $Session
 Search-UnifiedAuditLog -StartDate 4/01/2018 -EndDate 5/03/2018 -RecordType MicrosoftStream -ResultSize 1000 | Format-Table | More

For more information about connecting to Exchange Online, see Connect to Exchange Online PowerShell.

For more information about parameters and using the Search-UnifiedAuditLog command, see Search-UnifiedAuditLog.

See also

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