Welcome to Warcraft Logs!
This article will help you get familiarized with the website, how to start logging in-game, and how to upload your logs. This process is very simple, but make sure you follow every step.
To upload logs to the site, you will need to create an account. Make sure to use a valid email as we verify your account via an activation email. If you can't see the email, make sure to check your spam folder.
After you have signed up and verified your account, you can link your account to your Battle.net account in your user settings. This gives us access to your retail characters and guilds.
Advanced Combat Logging
Before any logging in World of Warcraft, you need to make sure Advanced Combat Logging is enabled in your Network settings. This is required in order for logs to be accepted on the site.
To turn this on, you need to go to your Systems -> Network settings in World of Warcraft. There is a toggle for 'Advanced Combat Logging' which needs to be enabled.
Enabling Combat Logging
Once Advanced Combat Logging is enabled, all you have to do to start logging is type /combatlog in-game.
This is an in-game toggle that makes the game write all the combat events in a file called WoWCombatLog.txt. This file can be found in the Logs folder in your WoW folder. You need to do this every time you log on and want to combat log, as it gets disabled on logouts, disconnects, and by exiting the game. Addons can help you with this, more information on that below.
Once you are done logging, you can write /combatlog again to disable it or turn it off by logging off or exiting the game.
Log Uploader Clients
In order to upload logs to the website, you need to use a client application. We have two options, either the Warcraft Logs Uploader or the Overwolf Companion app.
The Warcraft Logs Uploader is a simpler version, which requires very little setup. Read more about the Uploader in our help article.
The Companion app is more in-depth and offers more features, such as an in-game overlay. Read more about the Companion app here.
If you have any issues getting the application to launch or install, you can either go to the forums to see if anyone has encountered the same issue, or join our Discord for help.
Uploading to the Website
There are two ways to log. The first option is to upload the entire log file after you are done with the content you wish to upload. The second way is what we call live logging. When you live log, the client monitors the log file and uploads any new fights instantly to the website.
When you upload logs, you have two choices of where they go. Every user gets a personal log space, where you can always upload. The second option is to your specific guild's logs. When you do this, everyone in the guild will be able to see the logs. This is a shared space for every guild member.
Is Warcraft Logs Safe?
Warcraft Logs simply takes raw combat log data and organizes it into a neat, visual format to allow you to analyze your performance. Processing your data this way is perfectly safe!
I turned logging on and am hitting a target dummy, but nothing is being written to that file! What gives?
Outside of raids, the combat log file is only written to when a certain number of events have been generated. This means it can be very slow to update if you are just doing solo content out in the world.
Are there add-ons to help me with combat logging?
Yes, you can use add-ons like Loggerhead or DBM to have logging turned on automatically in raids and turned off when you leave. We do not recommend using addons for this purpose, as it is very important when using Warcraft Logs that you log the entire raid though. DBM's auto logging feature, for example, only logs bosses, and this will cause it to not log pet summons. This can lead to problems where pets won't be connected with owners.
If possible we always recommend that you log the entire raid night. Do not leave trash and events that occur outside of the combat out of the log.
Where Can I Find the Log File?
You can find the raw log file in by first locating the World of Warcraft file. You'll want to go into the correct game version. Here, there is a Log folder, and you will find your recent logs inside.
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