Choosing the best editor for log search

Logs, logs, logs… they are everywhere! While scanning another endless log file, I wondered if there is any difference in the speed and performance of popular text editors when working with large log files. It turns out there is! Let’s compare Notepad, Notepad++, TextPad, and Atom in the speed of text search in log files.

Let’s focus on the following:

  • Startup time
  • Memory consumption at startup
  • Time to open an editor and a file (100 MB and 1 GB)
  • The amount of RAM used
  • Searchin for a line of text
  • Regular expression search

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