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How to Delete Audit Logs in Discord – Tutorial

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Written by Kelly Houstan

Audit logs are a digital trail of almost everything that happens on a Discord server. They basically record who gets kicked and who kicked them as well, bot actions, actions performed that need admin privileges, and a whole lot more. They are a record of everything that happens and should be kept intact as much as possible. However, can you delete audit logs in Discord? Just read this article to know all about How to Delete Audit Logs in Discord – Tutorial.

The short answer is no, you guys cannot edit, change or delete audit logs actually. They are written using higher privileges than even server owners have and are there to give an irrevocable record of server activities.

I see this question asked a lot in the Discord forums and elsewhere online actually. Mostly mentioned in conjunction along with some strange happening like mass bans or new admins being added along with no corresponding audit log. The question then arises, can someone modify or delete those audit logs in Discord or not. The answer is actually no. Discord has confirmed many times that the logs are sacrosanct and cannot be modified through any user, whatever their permissions.

How to Delete Audit Logs in Discord – Tutorial

Audit logs are basically the written record of everything that happens on a Discord server that needs admin privileges. They do not record chats, DMs, messages, and the daily discussions of members. They do not actually record who logs on, when, for how long, or also anything a member wouldn’t want a record of. It is purely about recording particular actions within that server.

More specifically, actions that need permissions to do such as message deleting, member kicking, adding new members, changing permissions, adding roles, and all the other things. That actually happens behind the scenes on the average Discord server actually.

If you guys have View Audit Logs or Administrator permissions on your server, then you can check them out.

  • You can open Discord and then log in with an account with those permissions.
  • Choose Server Settings from the main window and select Audit Log from the left menu.
  • Select an entry in order to see exactly what it contains.

Further

On my SwipeTips test server, there aren’t that many logs to check. However, on a live server with members, there will be hundreds of logs. You can also see at the top level who did what and then an overview of what they actually did. You can choose each entry individually to see more about what actually happened.

When you’re dealing with hundreds of logs, then you may also need to use the filters on the log page. Check the top right of the Audit Log page and you should see dropdown menus beside ‘Filter by User’ and also  ‘Filter by Action’. If you’re dealing with lots of logs and are also looking for something specific, then this is where you go.

Audit log types

According to this page on The Discord Wiki, the audit logs that you will see include:

  • Channel creation, deletion, and updates as well
  • Channel permission creation, deletion, and updates
  • Emoji creation, deletion, and updates
  • Invite creation, deletion, and updates
  • Member kicks ban and unbans
  • Also, Member role and nickname updates
  • Role creation, deletion, and updates as well
  • Server updates too
  • Webhook creation, deletion, and updates
  • Message deletion via the users and bots

As you can see, that’s most of the actions a server owner or administrator would take. There are some moderator actions included in there too like the kicks, bans, and unbans. These are the logs you will likely see the most or be asked to check the most.

As well as the default audit logs in Discord, you can supplement them with specific bots that add their own logging features. The standard logs should be enough for most situations and most server owners but if you want more, there’s a bot for that. In fact, there are a bunch of bots for that.

Further

There is one key difference between bot-created logs and Discord audit logs as well. Where Discord’s logs are sacrosanct and cannot be deleted as well, bot-created logs can also be. Make extra sure that you restrict permissions only to yourself or folks you trust in order to maintain log integrity otherwise it kind of defeats the object.

I have used ProBot before and liked it. I didn’t dig too deep into the logging side of things. However, there are a ton of logs it can keep to supplement the default logs if that’s your thing actually. Alongside a ton of other features, if you guys think things are happening on your server that isn’t being logged. Then this is a way to find out. Remember to keep bot permissions to yourself in order to make sure the logs are accurate.

Audit logging is a really important tool in managing a busy Discord server. If you’re lucky, then you will never need to use them. If you’re not so lucky, you’re going to be spending a lot of time looking through them actually!

Conclusion

Well, That all from my side. If you want to know more about this article or have any queries. Then feel free to ask me anything in the comments section below.

Have a Good Day!

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