July 8, 2013

Audit Logging in SharePoint 2013

Audit Logging gives the following information in Site Collection:

  1. Opening or downloading documents, viewing items in lists, or viewing item properties
  2. Editing items
  3. Checking out or checking in items
  4. Moving or copying items to another location in the site
  5. Deleting or restoring items
  6. Editing content types and columns
  7. Searching site content
  8. Editing users and permissions
Below are the steps to achieve:                                                                 
       1. Go to Central Administration -> Manage Service Applications

    2. Choose Secure Store Service 

    3. Then Click on the Properties in the Ribbon
4. In the Enable Audit option Select the Check Box Audit Log Enabled (the default value is 30 days and it can be changed)
5After enabling the Audit Logging in Central Administration, we have to configure the audit settings at the site collection level and below are the steps:
Go to Site Settings -> Site Collection Administration -> Site Collection Audit Settings 
Under this settings, select the settings as shown below:

 Now, Audit Logging is configured for the site and now you can view the following types of Reports.
Checking the Reports Generated for the Site Collection
Go to Site Collection Administration -> Audit Log Reports
Once you click on any reports, it will ask for the Report Save location. Select any of the Libraries to store the Report.
Example Report Generated Screenshot:
 Select an Library to store the Report and Click OK
Report Generated in Excel

Hope this article helps you in understanding the Audit Logging in SharePoint 2013. Please feel free to share and comment about this post if it helps you.


  1. Hi Maruthachalam,

    I need SharePoint 2013 development training.

    Please help me if you know about any best resources.
    Feel free to contact at my email address.

  2. What is the solution to archive the audit log ? Moving it via excel to various libraries is not the right solution? can you help

  3. How do I do this for a library and where would the audit log be stored? How would I view it?

  4. Accessing to reports from integrated SSRS is not audited

  5. A great information shared !
    Though, to manage same task for auditing SharePoint changes, I use LepideAuditor for SharePoint (http://www.lepide.com/sharepoint-audit/ ) that works fantastic in my work-station.
    However, I will take a look into this method for future prospective.

  6. is it possible to get previous and new values of sharepoint list column in auditing report

  7. Can I connect somehow an Access Database to the Sharepoint audit logs for my site to generate usage statistics?


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