General info

What is it in short?

MultiTail follows files in style, it is tail on steroids.

Can you elaborate on that?

MultiTail lets you view one or multiple files like the original tail program. The difference is that it creates multiple windows on your console (with ncurses). It can also monitor wildcards: if another file matching the wildcard has a more recent modification date, it will automatically switch to that file. That way you can, for example, monitor a complete directory of files. Merging of 2 or even more logfiles is possible. It can also use colors while displaying the logfiles (through regular expressions), for faster recognition of what is important and what not. It can also filter lines (again with regular expressions). It has interactive menus for editing given regular expressions and deleting and adding windows. One can also have windows with the output of shell scripts and other software. When viewing the output of external software, MultiTail can mimic the functionality of tools like 'watch' and such.
For a complete list of features, look here.


The latest version can be found on github: repo


2022/07/24: released stable version 7.0.0 on github
2011/04/14: released stable version 5.2.8!
2007/07/06: released development release 5.1.2!
2006/03/13: new logo thanks to Peterpaul Kloosterman
2004/05/25: added a complete list of features

Verified to run on...

All major UNIX platforms (Solaris, Linux, *BSD, IRIX, HP-UX, AIX, Tru64, SCO OpenServer).
Will also run on Cygwin 1.5.19-4 (cygwin enables you to run UNIX programs on microsoft windows).
I've tried to make MultiTail as much UNIX platform-independent as possible. If it doesn't run on one, please e-mail me at:


MultiTail running inside a Gnome terminal.
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