Gets the contents of the event log.
Assembly: System (in System.dll)
Use the member when reading from the event log.
Because the property is read-only, you cannot modify an entry or write to the log using . Instead, specify a Source and call WriteEntry to write a new log entry. You can use to count the number of entries in the event log, and view each EventLogEntry in the collection. Use the indexed Item member to retrieve information about a specific entry, such as Message, Category, TimeWritten, or EntryType.
It is not necessary to specify a Source when only reading from a log. You can specify only the Log name and MachineName (server computer name) properties for the EventLog instance. In either case, the member is automatically populated with the event log's list of entries. You can select the appropriate index for an item in this list to read individual entries.
An important distinction between reading and writing log entries is that it is not necessary to explicitly call a read method. After the Log and MachineName are specified, the property is automatically populated. If you change the value of the Log or MachineName property, the property is repopulated the next time you read it.
The following example reads entries in the event log, "MyNewLog", on the local computer.
Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)
The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.