Getting Started With FF Logs
Welcome to FF Logs! This page will help you get familiarized with the Web site and all of its features. You will need an account to upload logs to the site, so if you plan on uploading logs, first create an account. You do need a valid e-mail address, since we verify it via an activation e-mail.
What is a Combat Log?
A combat log is a file created by the game that contains a series of events. These events contain information such as what abilities your team used, what damage they did and to whom, and what healing was received.
The idea behind combat logging is pretty simple: record what happened so that it can be sent to Web site for analysis.
Enabling Combat Logging
The first step is to get combat logging turned on such that the combat log file is getting written to disk.
The FF Logs Uploader works by monitoring the logs created by the FFXIV Plug-in for ACT (Advanced Combat Tracker). Kdaymea has been kind of enough to prepare a tutorial video regarding setting up ACT. You can view it below.
He has also made a video explaining how to register and link your characters.
In order to upload logs to the Web site, you use a client application. This application can be obtained here. If you have any issues getting the application to launch or install, we encourage you to go to the forums for assistance, since it's likely someone else has encountered the same issue and can help.
Two Kinds of Logging
There are two ways you can choose to log. The first is to upload the entire log file after your raid is over. The second way is to do what we call live logging. In this model, the client monitors the log file and whenever it sees new events tacked on to the end of the file, it sends those events up to the Web site. The live logging mode is great for when you want to study wipes right after they happened to see what went wrong.
Where Do Logs Go?
You have two choices for where to upload your logs. Every user on FF Logs gets a personal log space just for them, so you can always upload your logs there without ever joining a guild.
The second option for log uploading is to upload your logs to your guild's area. When you do this, everyone in the guild will be able to see the logs. Think of it as a shared space for official raids by your guild.
Before you can upload logs to a guild, you must first join the guild. If the guild does not exist, you can also create a guild.