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A free text file tail utility for Windows.

Free WinTail for Windows

What is WinTail?

WinTail allows you to view the last 64K of a growing text file in real time under Win32 operating systems. It's a bit like using the "tail -f" command under UNIX. This is particularly useful for:

Current Release Features

The current release of Wintail is Version 2002, Release 7 (29 November 2002). Release 7 has improved command line handling with the ability to specify multiple files on the command line. The key features of WinTail are:

About the Author

WinTail has been written by Doug Edwards, a software engineer based in Brisbane, Australia. To contact the author e-mail

Use and Distribution

It is the intention of the author to provide the WinTail program freely to the computing community. In particular:


Download WinTail.exe (approximately 50K).

or Download baretail.exe (only 220k).

BareTail is a new, improved tool to replace WinTail. BareTail has many more features than WinTail. With BareTail it is possible to scroll instantly to any point in the file. It supports highlighting, international character sets including Unicode and UTF-8 and more!

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