Logbook used for NASA's Mars Ingenuity helicopter
Two different logbooks for scuba divers.

A logbook (or log book) is a record used to record states, events, or conditions applicable to complex machines or the personnel who operate them. Logbooks are commonly associated with the operation of aircraft, nuclear plants, particle accelerators, and ships (among other applications).

The term logbook originated with the ship's log, a maritime record of important events in the management, operation, and navigation of a ship. The captain was responsible for keeping a log, as a minimum, of navigational wind, speed, direction and position.


Logbooks come in many varieties, but they are sometimes standardized in form and/or content within certain organizations or industries. In some applications like flight training or trucking hours of service, they contain specific information used to satisfy legal requirements.

Electronic logbooks

Prior to the advent of mobile computing, logbooks were almost exclusively printed and bound in hard copy form. While physical logbooks offer advantages in frontline applications with many users (like aircraft maintenance logs), the proliferation of cloud computing and mobile devices has enabled the development of electronic logbooks. They may be as complex as software packages, or as simple as editable spreadsheets, but electronic logbooks offer several advantages—like virtually unlimited capacity and digital backups.


Maritime logbooks

To record key navigation, engine watch, port calls and other operational activities on board vessels of all sizes, marine logbooks must meet the specific reporting requirements of IMO, SOLAS and flag states. When maritime logbooks are of the electronic variety, manually-inserted information is normally combined with data recorded from the vessel's instruments such as time and position. Typical marine logbooks are:

Shift logbooks

On any industrial site, there is a continuous stream of operational, maintenance and safety events occurring at all levels and areas within the process.[2] An electronic shift logbook is used at power plants and in process industry where several shift teams cooperate in maintaining production. Typically the electronic shift logbook is used to record state at the production plant, but it can also contain simple planning functions that notify personnel about upcoming maintenance activities. Compared to the paper logbook the electronic shift logbook enhance the value of the gathered information through;

Additionally, access to the information storage can be controlled through user authentication and authorizations mechanisms.[3][4]

Manufacturing logbooks

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In manufacturing processes, eLogbook[5] is required to simplify and digitize traditional logbooks and manual paperwork. It offers an easy-to-use platform that allows you to record, track, and manage production activities, inventory, quality control, and maintenance in real-time. With its intuitive interface and robust features, eLogbook revolutionizes the way to manage documentation and saves time and money. Key features and functionalities of eLogbook in the manufacturing process:

Other applications

It has since been applied to a variety of other uses, including:

See also


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  2. ^ "j5 Operations Logbook Software - j5 International". j5 International. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  3. ^ "ABB shift book product website", ABB Group, Retrieved on 27 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Fortum TOPi logbook product website", Fortum, Retrieved on 27 July 2015.
  5. ^ "The Power of eLogbook: Streamlining Manufacturing For Frontline Success". 14 May 2024. Retrieved 2024-06-03.
  6. ^ Triant G. Flouris; Dennis Lock (2016), "Case History or Project Diary", Managing Aviation Projects from Concept to Completion, Routledge, p. 484, ISBN 9781317101956
  7. ^ Nick Graham (2014), "Project Log Checklist", Project Management Checklists For Dummies, John Wiley & Sons, p. 126, ISBN 9781118931431
  8. ^ Ontario Ministry of Transportation (25 July 2019). "Commercial Vehicle Operators' Safety Manual". www.mto.gov.on.ca/.
  9. ^ Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (17 December 2020). "FMCSA Hours of Service (HOS)". www.fmcsa.dot.gov.
  10. ^ "Heavy vehicle work time requirements and logbooks". DT Driver Training. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  11. ^ "Get a vehicle log book (V5C)".