The title says it all. Prior to iOS 8, one could use iPhone Configuration Utility, but that no longer works. Is there any other way to access these logs without installing the gargantuan XCode? Are there any third-party utilities that can do this?
Yes. Apple Configurator 2 has a command line tool that can tail and/or dump the console logs and do some other nice operations like pair, enumerate connected devices, etc...
That's the official Apple way and it's much smaller a download than Xcode. Both are free but
cfgutil is much more powerful and can do things like remove apps, erase, pair, and even run scripts when you attach and detach iOS devices to your Mac.
cfgutil available at the command line, open Configurator 2, and choose Configurator 2 -> Install Automation Tools ... from the menu.
brew install libimobiledevice
There is a tool called iTools
It provides real time system logs just like Console log in iPCU or xcode
Connect Your deviceto system.
itools->Under iPhone->>Advanced->System logs
With iTools 18.104.22.168 (available for Mac & Windows) you can get logs from your iOS device by selecting
I'm using libimobiledevice(link). This is a cross-platform software protocol library and tools to communicate with iOS® devices natively.
Once these are installed, you can plug in a paired device, unlock it and use the following command to view the logs on the screen:
This is akin to running a tail against the device. Again, the device must be paired. You can use the command line (e.g. if you’re running this on Linux) to view the logs, but if you’re not paired you’ll need to pair your device:
You can also unpair:
When pairing and unpairing, you should see the appropriate entries in
There's also an app called "iOS Console," but it requires iOS 9.