Web Analytics. Open Source.

Open Web Analytics Dashboard

Easy, Open, Web Analytics.

Open Web Analytics (OWA) is open source web analytics software that you can use to track and analyze how people use your websites and applications. OWA is licensed under GPL and provides website owners and developers with easy ways to add web analytics to their sites using simple Javascript, PHP, or REST based APIs. OWA also comes with built-in support for tracking websites made with popular content management frameworks such as WordPress and MediaWiki.

For more information about OWA, it’s features, and how to install, visit the OWA Documentation Wiki or the Demo & Examples site.

Download OWA!

OWA can be downloaded as a tarball or by checking it out of it’s Subversion repository. If you would like to see a demo of OWA before you download, head over to the Demo & Examples site.

Download a Tarball

To download the latest releases of OWA, point your web browser at http://downloads.openwebanalytics.com or click the button below:

Download a Tarball

Subversion Access

Subversion access to the OWA source code is available at http://svn.openwebanalytics.com/owa.

For the latest code, tell your SVN client to:

svn co http://svn.openwebanalytics.com/owa/trunk

For a specific release of OWA, choose the release you want from the tags directory:


Help and support for OWA is provided by it’s community of authors, users, and contributors. To get help take a look at one of the resources below.

Demo & Examples

You can find a full demo of OWA along with development examples over at the Demo & Examples site.


The OWA wiki contains all end user and developer documentation. To access the wiki point your web browser at:


Bug Reporting & Feature Requests

To report a bug, check the status of OWA development, or log a feature request, visit OWA’s tracking system at: https://github.com/padams/Open-Web-Analytics/.

Below are some screenshots of OWA’s reports, tools, and visualizations. If you’d like to see a full demo of OWA, head on over to the Demo & Examples site.

1.0.8 Released

Jul 2nd, 2007No Comments

We are pleased to announce the release of 1.0.8. This release includes all of the numerous bug fixes and re-factoring efforts included in prior release candidates plus a few more. Notables include:

  • Site specific session cookies
  • Real-time visitor spy
  • Fix for properly logging http referrers when using the Javascript invocation method.
  • Fix for cookie setting under IE when security setting is set to medium or above
  • Added config setting for P3P compact privacy policy
  • Added config setting for special delayed first hit processing mode
  • Added descriptions for all config settings
  • Added config to turn off the crawling of referring web pages
  • Re-factored OWA’s entity classes to provide layer of abstraction needed for upcoming object caching layer.

To upgrade just copy the new files over the old ones.

1.0.8rc5 Released

Jun 21st, 2007No Comments

This release candidate includes the following:

  • Re-named OWA’s site session cookie from “owa_site_xxxxx” to “owa_ss_xxxxx” to avoid namespace conflicts with other params. One can ignore or delete the old style cookies.
  • Added admin option for logging first hit to cookie.
  • Added admin option for fetching referring web page info.

This will hopefully be the last release candidate before releasing 1.0.8.

To upgrade just copy the new files over the old ones.

Is Web Analytics Dead

Jun 21st, 2007No Comments

Anil blogs his response to the question: “Is Web Analytics Dead?” and concludes that no, it’s just maturing into a holistic platform for gaining a 360 degree view of the customer.

Personally I think companies are still a long way from having that 360 degree view of their customers due to the fact that web analytics data is mostly stored in a disonnected or outsourced silos and systems.

There are many reasons for this, but I blame the lack of strong open source web analytics efforts like the ones that exist around other areas of web application development (i.e. web servers, or content management, or databases, or tagging, etc.).

Think about it. When a developer sets out to build a new web application for their company, they don’t spend any time writing code to serve the web pages. Instead they use an open source web server like Apache and rely on its features. In fact, frameworks like Ruby On rails or the Zend framework now allow the developer to bypass spending time on a whole lot of lower level application code and base services like authentication and database access.

However, when it comes to web analytics, developers have historically been out of luck when they reached for the an open source solution to the problem. This has put their company on a collision course with outsourcing their web analytics and data management to a 3rd party.

Working with a 3rd party service provider allows a company to put a lot of base capabilities in place quickly, but can begin to cause problems when it comes time to link web analytics data to detailed customer records stored in internal databases.

Right now that is hard to do for most companies that have outsourced their web analytics to a 3rd party service provider because that service provider either does not provide access to the raw event level data, or they set their own tracking cookie with their own unique visitor ids.

We are hoping to reverse this trend by providing developers and companies with a full featured toolkit that they can use to quickly add web analytics capabilities to their own web applications.

Our goal is to ultimately provide plugin level integration for OWA with all the major application frameworks that developers are using today. For example, if you are developing an PHP based web application or using WordPress or MediaWiki then you can use OWA to add web analytics functionality to your application in minutes.

If this sounds familiar to you or your situation, then you might want to give OWA a try.

1.0.8rc4 Released

Jun 13th, 2007No Comments

This release candidate contains:

  • fixes some addtional issues with the javascript invocation method under Internet Explorer.
  • Introduces a “Digg-like” Spy report that allows for a real-time, continual, AJAX update of new site visitors – perfect for that plasma screen in your reception area…

1.0.8rc3 Released

Jun 7th, 2007No Comments

Release candidate fixes a few bugs including:

  • Referrers now tracked properly when tracking a second domain under a WordPress Install.
  • Fixed bug in first hit processor that was causing fatal error under certain php configurations.
  • Enabled Google Earth KML export to be saved as a file with the proper .kml extension.
  • Refactored development error logger to be resiliant to cases when does not have permission to write to its logs directory.

To upgrade just copy the new files over the old ones.

1.0.8rc2 Released

Jun 4th, 2007No Comments

Quick bug fix release for a fatal error that happens under PHP4 when users are behind an http proxy.

1.0.8rc1 Released

Jun 4th, 2007No Comments

This Release Candidate fixes some bugs and refactors a few things. Includes:

  • Javascript tags are now XHTML compliant
  • Re-factored OWA’s cookies to set a per site cookie to store session and last request timestamp. A cross site visitor cookie is still used as the default. You may see some strangeness when you upgrade around new sessions getting created for users that are already within the 30 minute session window.
  • Includes a fix for apache redirects that cause php to set the wrong cookie domain.
  • Adds a config file setting for logging all php errors to OWA’s error.txt file
  • Fix for tracking multiple sites under a single instance of WordPress where the second site uses the Javascript invocation method.

This is a release candidate, so please give it a try and look for anything odd.

To upgrade just copy the new files over the old ones.

1.0.7 Released

May 31st, 2007No Comments

This version fixes a problem with using OWA’s javascript invocation method.

1.0.6 Released

May 29th, 2007No Comments

Bug fix release. Includes:

  • Numerous fixes to incoming link snippet creation
  • Refactoring of the global configuration object including adding a proper update() and setSetting() methods that can be used to easily add settings to the database.
  • Fixed case where inproperly formated HTML was causing the dashboard layout to trash the WordPress footer

To upgrade just copy the new files over your old ones.

1.0.5 Released

May 27th, 2007No Comments

This is a security bug fix release. It is strongly recommended that you upgrade to this release.

The release fixes insecurities in the standalone installer among other things.

To upgrade, just copy the new files over your old ones.

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