What is a .ETL File And How To Open It – Microsoft (Guide)

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Have you downloaded a file with .etl extension, but you are not sure what it is? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. That’s why you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .etl file extension and how to open it.

What is a .ETL file?

The .ETL file extension is Microsoft Event Trace Log File. The development of this file was done by Microsoft. This file belongs to the binary format and it is a system related files.

What to know

There is currently 1 software that can open the .etl file on 1 platform.

How to open a .ETL file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .ETL file on various operating systems.

How to open a .ETL file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .etl file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Microsoft Event Viewer software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .ETL file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Microsoft Event Viewer software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .ETL file?

If you are still unable to open the .ETL file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .ETL file.etng – RM, .ett – Kingsoft, .etx – TeX Font Encoding File, .euc – Extended Unix Code File, .euf – Microsoft. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .ETL file with the Microsoft Event Viewer program on Windows.