Google Analytics: free substitutes (Piwik & Open Web Analytics)


Piwik is a free and open source web analytics application written by a team of international developers. It runs on a web server with PHP / MySQL. Piwik is used by more than 1.000.000 pages, equivalent to 1,2% of all existing websites, and has been translated into more than 45 languages. New versions of Piwik are regularly released every few weeks.

Piwik displays reports regarding the geographical location of the visits, the source of the visits (that is, if they came from a website, directly, etc.), the technical capabilities of the equipment used by the visitors (browser, size of the screen, operating system, etc.), what the visitors did (the pages they saw, the actions they took, how they left the website), the time of the visits and much more.

In addition to these reports, Piwik provides some other features that can help users analyze the data that accumulates in Piwik. What's more, developers are encouraging users to extend the platform using Piwik APIs, and many are already doing some creative stuff.

Piwik, free substitute for Google Analytics

Download Piwik Source code

Open Web Analytics

Open Web Analytics (OWA) is a completely open source web analytics software created by Peter Adams. OWA is written in PHP and uses MySQL as a database engine, being possible to run it under a range of AMP solutions (Apache + MySql + PHP) on different web servers (Apache, Nginx, etc.). OWA is comparable to Google Analytics, although the biggest difference is that anyone can install and run it on their own server, while Google Analytics is a service offered by a monopoly (Google) for purposes that some believe may be unsanctified. OWA brings support for WordPress and MediaWiki, two very popular content management systems that are also open source.

Open Web Analytics, free substitute for Google Analytics
Download Open Web Analytics Source code

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  1.   Rafael Mardojai said

    Great, one more service from Google that you can remove.

  2.   nuanced said

    Very good! Thanks for the data! 🙂

    1.    let's use linux said

      You're welcome! Hug! Paul.

  3.   diego said

    That good! I was thinking of making myself a similar system and it turns out that it is opensource! This I implement in my pages yes or yes. Thanks for the info!

    1.    let's use linux said

      you're welcome, Diego!
      hug! Paul

  4.   ? said

    Does anyone know if sabayon and gento is as they should. in other words, the user decides whether to install only paq. free or private?
    Does sabayon and / or gentoo prohibit any country from using it?

  5.   ice said

    little by little we leave google

    1.    let's use linux said

      So is…

  6.   bapgnu said

    Great!!! In train of adding features, the activation of the camera and the microphone could be added to know what the visitor says and what face he makes when he sees the site. This is scary my friends. I can't believe there are people who think this is good.
    For those of you who read this article and are as concerned as I am about these things, some security measures to neutralize these services.
    1) Prevent the storage of cookies. (cookie Monster)
    2) Prevent the execution of scripts (noscript)
    3) Block where the tracking comes from (lightbeam)
    4) Make the browser send wrong information to the server. In firefox / iceweasel (they are the only two browsers that are worth it) there are add-ons for it.
    When on the side of whoever creates a site there is a manifest desire to know the behavior of their visitors, they probably want to sell you something. Otherwise, the contents are simply offered without expecting anything in return, at the most prestige for the quality of what is published.
    With just one google it is enough and more than enough ... although it would be great if it didn't exist, and even better if this fucking habit of wanting to know what others are doing ceased to exist ...

    1.    let's use linux said

      hello bapgnu!
      Look, there are a lot of people who don't look bad at tracking itself. It can be very useful for blogging admins, like us, for example. Obviously, with the ultimate goal of offering better content.
      The big difference is that with Google Analytics, that information goes to Google's servers and we don't really know exactly for what purpose. To this must be added the fact that the software itself is closed, so no one knows what information it keeps exactly, in addition to what it makes public to the administrators of the site where it is used.
      That said, I leave some articles in which we suggest alternatives for those who do not want to be tracked under any point of view:
      Hug! Paul.

  7.   Roberto said

    Very good, thanks for all the information