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Debian / Debian based

apt install logtop

Void Linux

xbps-install -S logtop

From sources

Compile dependencies: libncursesw5-dev, uthash-dev.

So on a Debian:

$ sudo apt install libncursesw5-dev uthash-dev
Reading package lists... Done
[...skipped for readability...]
Processing triggers for man-db (2.8.2-1) ...
$ make
gcc -c -O3 -DVERSION=0.7.0 -Wall -fPIC -Wextra -ansi -pedantic -Wstrict-prototypes -I. src/avl.c -o src/avl.o
[...skipped for readability...]
$ make install


logtop displays a real-time count of strings received from stdin. It can be useful in some cases, like getting the IP flooding your server:

$ tail -f /var/log/apache2/access.log | cut -d' ' -f1 | logtop

Or the top buzzing article of your blog:

$ tail -f /var/log/apache2/access.log | cut -d' ' -f7 | grep article | logtop

Python bindings

Dependencies: python-dev, swig.

$ sudo apt install python-dev swig
Reading package lists... Done
$ make python-module
$ python install


I use a hashtable to store strings and an AVL tree to store frequencies, so I can fetch by string or fetch ordered by frequency to display the top-strings.


Logtop can be used by your C programs, you may to compile against logtop's sources (src/{avl.c,history.c,logtop.c,libavl/avl.c}) or against liblogtop, obtained using make liblogtop.

C API is described in logtop.h, you need:

struct logtop *new_logtop(size_t history_size);
void delete_logtop(struct logtop *this);
void logtop_feed(struct logtop *this, char *line);
struct logtop_state *logtop_get(struct logtop *this, size_t qte);
double logtop_timespan(struct logtop *this);
unsigned int logtop_qte_of_elements(struct logtop *this);

You can find an example of using the C API in examples/example1.c.

Python API

logtop module exposes a logtop class containing:

logtop.__init__(history_size)  # to build a new logtop keeping
                               # at most history_size lines.
logtop.feed(line)  # to feed a new line in logtop.
logtop.get(qte_of_elements)   # to get the top qte_of_elements lines.
logtop.qte_of_elements()  # to get the current total number of lines.
logtop.timespan()  # to get the duration from the oldest line to now.

timespan may be less than the runtime, as logtop drop old lines, to keep, at most, history_size lines, given in the constructor of the logtop class.

About libavl

The libavl used here is the Ben Pfaff's one, statically build with logtop, as Ben want it to be (see INSTALL file and here: So this libavl is NOT packaged as a library for Debian, the libavl you'll found in Debian repositories is the Wessel Dankers's one.

About the project

For copyright information, please see the file COPYRIGHT in this directory or in the files of the source tree.

This project was initiated on 2010-06-29 by Palard Julien See or ask me questions at : julien at palard dot fr.


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