Sajid Ali
Sajid Ali
Linux & Windows Server Administrator | Cloud Architect: I possess 10 years of professional experience with administration of different hosting provider’s Linux and Windows based servers on a large production level.

Watch or Monitor Multiple Log Files in Real Time at once in Linux

In the following article, I illustrate several common use cases of multitail command to Monitor Multiple Log Files in real taime.

1. Monitor multiple log files as they grow in horizontally-split screens.

The terminal screen will automatically be split into the number of log files specified.

$ sudo multitail --follow-all /var/log/auth.log /var/log/kern.log /var/log/syslog

2. Monitoring log files as they grow in vertically-split screens.

Use “-s N” option to vertically split the screen into N columns.

$ sudo multitail -s 3 --follow-all /var/log/auth.log /var/log/kern.log /var/log/syslog

3. Monitor command outputs simultaneously

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Besides tailing log files, multitail can also monitor the output of an external command whiles the execution of the command is in progress. For this, use “-l "command-to-run"” option. For example, you can run multiple ping commands, and monitor individual ping outputs simultaneously in split screens as follows.

$ multitail -l "ping" -l "ping"


In this article, we showed how to watch data being appended in log files in real-time on the terminal in Linux. 

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