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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.

1.0.4 Released

May 26th, 2007No Comments

This is a bug fix release. Fixes and features include:

  • Fixed broken anchortext logging and report
  • Fixed condition where referring page title was not being logged due to anchortext extraction method removing the title tag.
  • Vastly improved the referring link snippet creation code. Snippets should now not contain CSS/HTML entitities.
  • Added ability to track multiple wordpress blogs using the same instance of the OWA database by overriding the databse configuration in the owa-config.php file. See the wiki for more info.

To upgrade just replace your old files with the new ones. No database schema changes were made as part of this release.

Is Google Analytics Not Enterprise Ready?

May 18th, 2007No Comments

A new report from CMS Watch suggests that the lack of an API or ability to integrate Google Analytics with other systems is an enterprise deployment deal breaker.

I couldn’t agree more, but think that this is really the case for all the Web analytics service providers. Most hosted web analytics solutions are essentially integrated at the presentation layer (i.e. pixel tracking) making database access or code extension off limits to users. This makes it impossible to extend these systems feature wise on your own timeline.

Companies that need a more custom solution but do not want to start from scratch will hopefully find Open Web Analytics to be a welcome alternative.

OWA’s asynchronous event processing model allows it to be deployed in high volume enterprise scenarios and the plugin/module framework makes adding features pretty straight forward.

There is still a lot more to do, but give OWA a whirl if you are looking for an alternative to the commercial services or want really tight integration with your applications.

1.0.3 Released

May 13th, 2007No Comments

Version 1.0.3 is now available. This release contains:

  • Re-design of most reports for readability and usability
  • Added a check for file system permissions before attempting to create OWA’s error log file
  • Fixed permission isue with Content tab

There are no schmea changes in this release.

To upgrade to this release, download the tarball and overwrite your old files with the new ones. SVN users can simply do an ‘svn up’ from trunk or the 1.0 branch.

1.0.2 Released

May 9th, 2007No Comments

Small release re-organizes the layout of the main dashboard page as well as new versus repeat visitor indicators.

1.0.1 Released

May 6th, 2007No Comments

This is a major re-write of the framework and is not upgradable from the latest Release candidate.

New features and changes in this version include:

  • Module system – can easily extend OWA by adding modules as well as plugins.
  • ORM Layer – OWA now uses an object relational mapping layer to access the data store.
  • Configuration has moved to the database so no more managing config files. A cache is in the works for this.
  • Google Maps integration – plot your visitors on a Google Map (API key required)
  • Google Earth Integration – now you can plot your visitors on Google Earth by outputing KML files.
  • Heat Maps – generate heat maps of where visitors are clicking on your web pages. Thanks toYvan at ClickHeat project for contributing.

1.0 RC4 Released

Jul 15th, 2006No Comments

1.0 RC4 has been released and is available from subversion. This release fixed many bugs and god willing will be the final release before 1.0.

v1.0 RC1 now available.

Jun 27th, 2006No Comments

I’m pleased to announce that Version 1.0 RC1 is available from the trunk in subversion. This release fixes multiple bugs and fills in most of the reporting framework that was missing in the last release.

Beta 1 almost ready

Feb 14th, 2006Comments Off on Beta 1 almost ready

Beta 1 is almost ready for genral release. A ton of fixes have gone into svn for your persusal.

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