alphabetical list of extensions

File extension .ETL

File description

Microsoft uses event tracing technique which is used for efficient kernel level tracing. With this technique application defined events or kernel log is created.

This log file is then used to debug the program or the find the performance issue in the program. An ETL file (Event Trace Log) is used to store trace messages which are generated by the trace providers during trace sessions. The system first saves these messages and then transfers them to either a trace log or trace consumer. The trace log files are saved in compressed binary format to reduce the memory size required for these files.

Description of the problem
If you have on your computer a .ETL file that you cannot open, you are in exactly the same situation as thousands of other people who have similar problems with this or any other unknown file.

There may be several reasons why you cannot open the file with .ETL extension. Directly on this website you can find a solution of the most common problem with the .ETL file – that you do not have on your computer the appropriate program to open the file.
From the list below, select the appropriate program, install it and double click on the icon of a file that did not want to open - the problem with the .ETL file extension should be solved. However, if this does not happen, go back to the website to learn about other possible causes of the error, which have been described at the bottom of the website.
System Files
Last updated
July 21, 2014
File name: Microsoft Event Trace Log File
Programs that will open this file:
Microsoft Event Viewer Microsoft Event Viewer
Microsoft Log Parser Microsoft Log Parser
Microsoft Tracedmp Microsoft Tracedmp
Microsoft Tracelog Microsoft Tracelog
Microsoft Tracerpt Microsoft Tracerpt
Microsoft Windows 2000 Microsoft Windows 2000
Microsoft Windows 7 Microsoft Windows 7
Microsoft Windows 8 Microsoft Windows 8
Microsoft Windows Vista Microsoft Windows Vista
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Microsoft Windows XP Professional
The .ETL file extension can correspond to several not related file formats. If there is more than one file format with the .ETL extension, you will probably find most of them at this website. Remember that you need to download a program to support a particular file type. So first look through the entire contents of the website to select a program to support just the file you have.

Other possible reasons why your .ETL file does not want to open

In addition to the problem described above, i.e. the lack of the appropriate application to support the .ETL file, there may be several reasons that cause problems with opening and operation of the data format:

1. Incorrect version of the installed application

A quite common problem is the lack of application in the appropriate version. Even if you have an application, with the help of which you should open the .ETL file, you may have a problem with it because of its version. Perhaps in previous versions the application has not yet supported the .ETL file, so download the update and check again.

2. Incorrect .ETL file association with the program

If you have already installed the appropriate application, and it is the correct version, the file may not open correctly, because the operating system does not have information that this program supports the file. So you need to "show" which program the computer should use. To do this:

  • Right-click the .ETL file
  • Go to the "Open with" - then "Choose default program ..."
  • Locate the appropriate application
  • Click "OK"

3. The file is corrupt

It also happens that the file you want to open is corrupt and therefore there is no such possibility. In this situation, you should find its different version, or ask a person from whom you got, to send it again.