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Captain’s Log


Latest Version : 1.4.4 (2017-04-14) – changelogs available on new web site News section.

Captain’s Log 2.0.0 Now Out Of Beta!

Also new Captain’s Log-specific Web Site!
Go here : https://captainslog.scarygliders.net/
cl2_main_latestDiscord : https://discord.gg/F7CJDTM


Download Captain’s Log

Windows – 32 & 64-bit

Version 1.4.4 “Define Gravitas”


Version 2.0.0 “Minimum Viable Gravitas”

If you find Captain’s Log awesomely helpful, please consider making a donation, which will help to keep my web server running and the ongoing development of the application (not to mention the odd beer and/or coffee to fuel my brain  :) )




Captain’s Log is primarily an Elite: Dangerous Explorer’s application, allowing you to keep track of all your jumps into systems, as you explore the galaxy.

I wrote this for myself, inspired by the most excellent EDDiscovery application. I really like EDDiscovery, but I didn’t need/want some of its features, and I wanted features that weren’t available in it at the time. So here is Captain’s Log.

It comes without guarantee or warranty as to its fitness for purpose, and comes as-is. You have no rights or entitlements to bug fixes, updates or otherwise – BUT, I will be making updates as time wears on, and I do genuinely hope you find it useful and enjoyable to use. :)

With thanks to CMDR Psieonic for your extremely helpful and positive input!



How To Use Captain’s Log


NOTE : Always start Captain’s Log before running the ED Launcher, especially at each game update. If there is a game update, shut down Captain’s Log and after the game update has completed, exit the game launcher, run Captain’s Log, then run the game launcher again. This will guarantee that verbose netlogs will be enabled and that Captain’s Log will detect a jump into a star system.


Jumps are added automatically to the database and the Jump Table when Elite: Dangerous is running and you jump to a new system.

Adding A Star Type


Just click on the star icon representing the star type you wish to log for that system. e.g. if the system has a type K star, click the star icon with the K in it. If there are more than one K type stars, click that same icon again for the number of K types in that system. A new icon will appear above, and on the Jump Table. If you made a mistake and wish to decrement or remove a star type, click the corresponding top icon.

Adding Or Removing A Planet

NEW: Planet input has 3 modes: Standard, Fast Mode, and Lazy Mode

Standard Mode

1) Click the relevant icon, depending on the planet type you’d like to add…



2) Add the Designation and press RETURN or click OK



When adding a planet, the Designation will need to be specified.

Designation will be shown in the System Map View in Elite: Dangerous.

For systems with only 1 star, the planet designations will be “1“, “2“, etc.

For systems with more than one star, the designation will be “A 1“, “A 2” etc. , for planets orbiting the first star. “B 1“, “B 2” etc. , for planets orbiting the second star, and so on.

Sometimes planets may be orbiting some barycentre between stars, in which case the designation might be “AB 1“, “AB 2“, and so on.

Moons of planets will usually have a designation of “1 a“, or “A 1 a“, or “AB 1 a” and so on.


New Feature: Planet Prefix


Previous versions of Captain’s Log had you typing in the Designation in full – this was a drudge and also time consuming.

Planet Prefix helps with this task :)

Scenario 1 : Planets orbiting a Barycentre

These are usually classified as something like ABC1, ABC2, ABC3 and so on…

Rather than typing in “ABC1” etc., simply type “ABC” into the Planet Prefix box, then select your planet type, and for the designation type “1”<Enter>, “2”<Enter>, and so on. Like so…


When you press <Enter> , the prefix will automatically be added to the planet Designation…


Scenario 2: Moons. Lots and lots of moons….

So perhaps planet ABC3 has 5 moons.  Rather than type “ABC3 a”, “ABC3 b”, and so on, just type “ABC3 ” into Planet Prefix.
Note: Elite:Dangerous usually has a space between the “3” and “a”, “b” etc. So leave a space after “3”. Like so…


As before, the Designation will be “ABC3 a” and so on…




3) To get back to the planet icon list, either press RETURN if nothing is in the Designation box, or click X.


Fast Mode

Fast Mode simply switches off the fancy animation when you click a planet icon. This feature is for the impatient users out there – I know who you are ;)

To activate Fast Mode, simply click the Fast Mode check box…


Input of planets is exactly the same as when using Standard Mode.


Lazy Mode

Lazy Mode is for those Explorers who are – let’s face it – just too darn lazy to enter proper Designations. :)

To activate Lazy Mode, simply click the Lazy Mode check box…

Captain’s Log will now auto-assign a planet Designation for you, and add the planet type to the planet list for the system. The Designation will look like “001”, “002”, and so on. This is to differentiate between Genuine non-lazy data, and lazy data…


Lazy Mode overrides Fast Mode, which overrides Standard mode.

Also note that Lazy Mode disables Planet Prefix – because it’s irrelevant to the mode.

Getting out of Lazy Mode is simply a case of clicking the check box again. Same with Fast Mode.

Both Fast Mode and Lazy Mode’s status will not be saved in the configuration file, so you’ll have to re-enable them if you exit Captain’s Log and restart it later.


Removing a Planet

To remove a planet, highlight the planet you wish to remove and click the remove icon:  CL_PLANETS3a




Adding/Removing A Bookmark



Simply double-click a system in the Jump Table view on the left, to bookmark it.

To remove a bookmark, either double-click it again, or use the Bookmark Manager to remove it.

You can review all bookmarks by calling up the Bookmarks Manager, either by using the top menu under Tools, or by using the CTRL+B hotkey.

Adding, editing System and Jump Notes


Simply click into either the System Notes or Jump Notes entry box and start typing/editing. These notes will be automatically stored in your database and updated as you type. They will simultaneously appear in the Jump View under the relevant Notes column.

System Notes are unique for that particular System – so any notes you enter here for a system, will appear any time that system is displayed in the Jump Table. e.g. You jump to that system often, so that system its System Note will appear in the Jump Table.

Jump Notes are unique to each jump – therefore even if you jump to a system often, the note can be different for each Jump Entry in the Jump Table.

Single-Click Copy System Name To Clipboard

By clicking on the System Name Label located at the middle of the System Bodies tab, it’ll copy that system name to the clipboard, so you can then paste the system name into the Galaxy Map Nav Tab .





To be updated when I get the time & strength.

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692 comments to Captain’s Log

  • M Hunt

    I just tried to install the new 2.1.3 update and it broke.
    Giving me and error saying duplicate column name: navbeacondata
    base.py line 1182 and default.py line 462

    was running 2.0.0. worked good. uninstalled.. downloaded 2.1.3 installed.. and get error when running. have uninstalled several times and even tried to go back to 2.0.0. but still get error on startup.

    Please help.

  • Jeff

    I was using CL2.1.2 with no problems. I updated to CL 2.1.3 and when I get it running it is stuck on the last system I was in when I ran 2.1.2. Any clue how to fix it?

  • John Miceli

    Hi Kevin,
    I am a long-time user of Captain’s Log and I love what you have done with it. Two questions:
    1. I have just switched to v 2.x, but cannot get the window to all fit on my laptop screen. I am running at 1366×768, the max my laptop can do. Is there a way to make the borders of CL2 fit within the borders of my screen?

    2. I have been using CL1 for years and have an extensive amount of data in my various trip databases. Is there a way to convert those databases to CL2 format so I do not lose all my notes and the like?

    Thanks in advance!

  • Phaedra LaGrange

    Hello Kevin,
    first of all Thank You for having created an useful Tool for ED, I’ve installed CL2 2.1.4 and enjoying it.

    I know that the version 2.1.4 is still new and can have some bug.
    I’ve find one. Inputing my Destination-name inside the Camp “DISTANCE FROM (Destitination)”; that diststace INCREASE after any Jump, that’s NOT correct.
    In Game the distance is always DECREASING, that’s CORRECT.

    Other little thing; can You please allow to resize, manualy, the Window for a better screen fix ?
    Hoping to not giving You to much trouble with this bugs

    with friendly regards
    Phaedra LaGrange

  • RH


    I have been using Captains Log 22 for a while now and find it very useful. A small suggestion that may be of use to others and I know would be to me. The small suggestion may not be so small if you are not already tracking that data from the journal files.

    When you scan an item and it shows the minerals available. Would it be possible to add in the icon the quantity you already have? Could be smaller font or whatever works.

    The main benefit I see is that when you do a scan you can instantly see if you have those minerals in stock. If not or very low you can then decide to go land and get some.

    Sorry if already suggested but started reading history and a lot of comments there and a page search found no mention of minerals


  • Roland

    How do you use this . I installed it started it up and minimized it to the tray. then lanched ED nothing on screen. pressed alt+c and all controls stopped working no keyboard nothing working so I had to close down. I need some clear instruction. please help

  • Drakken

    at first let me say i like this tool, really, more than all others. and with the last version i don´t have anymore the problem that the directories are not found when ED was updated.

    but now i have seen that some systems are not shown, but if i scan planets they are not matching the right system.
    at this time i am on a long trip far from home, at system Dryoea Gree LX-U e2-635. before i was at Dryoea Gree NN-T d3-63, before at Dryoea Gree KH-V d2-337. the d3-63 is not shown in the CL jump list, and all planets from Dryoea Gree NN-T d3-63 are shown in Dryoea Gree KH-V d2-337. this is annoying. i have checked the logfile from ED manually, insite this everything seems ok.
    any suggestions?
    greetz, drakken

  • James Denehy

    Hello, I have just bought a new imac and it is 64 bit, which regrettable is incompatable with Captains log. when can we expect an upgrade. Great program.

  • Andrew Mason

    Probably my fault but I could do with some advice. I have been running the Log 2.2 on PC and it was really good, my PC crashed while playing Elite and now Captains Log will not start nor will it re-load after an uninstall, comes up with “failed to execute script”. Running Windows 10 can you help please as I really like this add on

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