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Gogo Logbook

Posted: March 18, 2017
Last modified: December 23, 2020

What is Gogo Logbook?

Gogo Logbook logo Gogo Logbook is an electronic logbook to record events and agreements for projects. For example agreements made during a conversation with a customer can be recorded. The logbook allows you to quickly find back messages per project. One advantage of an electronic logbook is that multiple users can add messages and can read messages from each other.

Why Gogo Logbook?

Other electronic logbooks exist. ELOG is an example of a webapplication that is easily configurable. Unfortunately it is not feasible for every company to install a webapplication on their own intranet. Gogo Logbook is a stand alone application that stores the logbook in a single text file. If this file is located on a network share multiple users can use Gogo Logbook at the same time.

System requirements

Gogo Logbook demands little from the system. A computer that is not too old has plenty memory and processor capacity for Gogo Logbook.

The single requirement is a Java runtime or Java SDK must be present. Java 8 or higher is required. Here is a link to download Java from the website of Oracle, the owner of Java. Java can be downloaded from other websites too, but then possibly unwanted toolbars for your browser might be installed too.


Click here to download Gogo Logbook 1.6.


In a command prompt (Windows) or shell (Linux) start Gogo Logbook with the following command:

java -jar gogologbook.jar -lang=en <path to logbook file>

The path to the logbook file can be a file on the computer or on a network share (for exmaple \\computer-name\direcotry\logbook.txt). The logbook file must not exist when Gogo Logbook is started for the first time. When creating the first log message this file will be created.

Since the logbook file contains the complete logbook it is wise to backup this file regularly.

The parameter -lang=en changes the language of the user interface to English. If your operating system also uses English as standard language then this parameter can be omitted.

Double clicking the jar file to start gogo logook does not work because Gogo Logbook then does not know the path to the logbook file.

Creating a shortcut in Windows

For most users it is cumbersome to start Gogo Logbook in a command prompt. A shortcut in the start menu or on the desktop is way more convenient. To create a shortcut on the desktop follow these steps:


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