The ELOG Home Page  

Home of the Electronic Logbook package by Stefan Ritt

Current version is : 3.1.5

  What is ELOG ?  

ELOG is part of a family of applications known as weblogs . Their general purpose is :

  1. to make it easy for people to put information online in a chronological fashion, in the form of short, time-stamped text messages ("entries") with optional HTML markup for presentation, and optional file attachments (images, archives, etc.)

  2. to make it easy for other people to access this information through a Web interface, browse entries, search, download files, and optionally add, update, delete or comment on entries.

ELOG is a remarkable implementation of a weblog in at least two respects :

  Screen shots  

elog.gif On the left upper panel is a typical logbook page displayed by Netscape Navigator. Each logbook page can contain attachments in a similar way to emails. This makes it possible to store images or text files and retrieve them easily. You could for example attach a sample configuration file which can later be copied to the local machine with the "Save As..." function of the Web browser.

Several logbooks can be served though a single ELOG server. Each logbook can use different attributes for its entries. The logbook can then be searched using these attributes. The right pane on the left image shows a search for all entries with attribute "Type" equal to "Configuration ", and the lower pane shows the search result. It is also possible to use full-text search in attributes and the entry body.

While logbook entries are usually displayed one entry per page, they can also be listed consecutively which makes it easy to produce a paper printout of a logbook.

Logbook pages can be edited or deleted. This feature can be turned off in the configuration file so that a logbook entries cannot be changed after being submitted.

An additional feature is the automatic generation of a notification email messages based on a certain type or category of a logbook entry.

Also try out the online demo !

  Use cases  

The features of ELOG make it useful for several applications:


ELOG is released under the GNU Public License .


The author would like to give credits to following people:

  Talks and presentations  

Here are some talks and presentations given at various occasions:


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