Files with etl extension can be usually found as system log files generated by the Microsoft Windows Trace Log utility.

There are 2 other file types using
the ETL file extension!

empty icon.etl - ThermaData Logger log data

empty icon.etl - Active Media Eclipse transition listing data

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Software that open etl file

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ETL file extension - Microsoft Windows trace log

What is etl file? How to open etl files?

File type specification:

System file type icon System file type

Temporary file type icon Temporary file type

etl file icon: etl filetype icon

File extension etl is associated with Microsoft Windows and is used for files created with Trace Log utility.

A typical etl file usually appears in root of system drive after crash (BSOD). It is stores in compressed binary file format. These files can be quite large sometimes, but can be safely removed.

They basically just serve for purpose of logging activity during crash (performance, status of memory etc.).

Updated: November 9, 2023

The default software associated to open etl file:

Microsoft Event Viewer icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Event Viewer  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Event Viewer is a part of Microsoft Windows Administrative Tools used to view Windows system, Applications and Server logs.

Help how to open:

To view the etl files, use Event Viewer (%SystemRoot%\system32\eventvwr.exe) - Start -> search for Event Viewer -> Run.

How to convert:

These files are not meant to be converted, but you can work with them much like any other text files once they are exported as texts.

List of software applications associated to the .etl file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open etl file, edit etl file, convert etl file, view etl file, play etl file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting etl files.

Software that open etl file - Microsoft Windows trace log

Programs supporting the exension etl on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open etl file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with etl file by default:
Microsoft Event Viewer small icon Microsoft Event Viewer
Other suggested software:
Microsoft Log Parser

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