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Quickly tail local and remote files


npm install -g tailr

to add zsh completions:

tailr --completions >> ~/.zshrc

NOTE: If you're using the completions and you get a warning about insecure directories it's because the owner of the directory ".../node/.../lib/node_modules/tailr/completions" should be either the root user or the current user.


Create a file named '' in your home directory:

module.exports =
      server: 'myserver'
      username: 'myuser'
      port: 1234
      filename: '/path/to/file/on/remote/server.log'
      filename: '/path/to/local/file'
    blabla: 'red'


# show the names of the logs specified in ~/
tailr --list
# tail a specific log:
tailr my_remote_log
# tail and highlight specified expressions:
tailr my_remote_log expr1
tailr my_remote_log expr1=red
tailr my_remote_log expr1=red,bgWhite
tailr my_remote_log expr1=underline
  # you can use "\_" instead of underline:
tailr my_remote_log expr1=_


0.2.0 (2013-09-10)

  • added support for tailing multiple servers at once

0.1.5 (2013-02-26)

  • remove the 0x0e (ascii 14, shift-out) character before console.log (it messes up the terminal).

0.1.4 (2013-02-04)

  • got rid of the "tail" command (you can now use "tailr {log}")
  • "tailr completions" is now "tailr --completions"
  • "tailr list" is now "tailr --list"

0.1.3 (2013-02-04)

  • Highlighting bugfixes
  • Improved highlighter: you can now define foreground and background color:
  tailr tail mylog expr1=red,bgWhite,underline
  tailr tail mylog expr1=red,bgWhite,_
  • Added partial sudo support (by Avia Aharon)

0.1.2 (2013-02-04)

  • Added highlighting

0.1.1 (2013-02-04)

  • Added zsh completions