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Is there a free tool to read .ldf (Sql server database transaction log files) files ?

Thanks in advance,


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I know of a couple of options, unfortunately I don't know of any free ones, but many offer free trials if your just looking to do something as a one off:

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There's an undocumented command which allows you to query a transaction log.


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Have a look at SQL Log Rescue http://www.red-gate.com/products/SQL_Log_Rescue/index.htm

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Just bear in mind this is only for SQL 2000 –  Sam Nov 9 '09 at 15:03

What exactly are you trying to achieve?

There are undocumented command such as fn_dblog() and DBCC LOG that will give you a dump of SQL Server log transactions, although don't expect to see nicely formatted DDL/DML.

There are products (not free) which can be used to reconstruct the log output into T-SQL. They are:

  • ApexSQL Log
  • SQL Log Rescue
  • Log Explorer
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