Piwik (pronounced /ˈpwk/) is a free and open sourceweb analytics application written by a team of international developers that runs on a PHP/MySQL webserver. It tracks online visits to one or more websites and displays reports on these visits for analysis. As of September 2015, Piwik was used by nearly 900 thousand websites, or 1.3% of all websites, and has been translated to more than 45 languages. New versions are regularly released every few weeks.

Features

Piwik displays reports regarding the geographic location of visits, the source of visits (i.e. whether they came from a website, directly, or something else), the technical capabilities of visitors (browser, screen size, operating system, etc.), what the visitors did (pages they viewed, actions they took, how they left), the time of visits and more.

In addition to these reports, Piwik provides additional features for analysis of the data it accumulates, such as:

  • Annotations — the ability to save notes (such as one's analysis of data) and attach them to dates in the past
  • Transitions — a feature similar to Click path-like features that allows one to see how visitors navigate a website, but different in that it only displays navigation information for one page at a time
  • Goals — the ability to set goals for actions it is desired for visitors to take (such as visiting a page or buying a product). Piwik will track how a large number of visits result in those actions being taken
  • E-commerce — the ability to track if and how much people spend on a website
  • Page Overlay — a feature that displays analytics data overlaid on top of a website
  • Row Evolution — a feature that displays how metrics change over time within a report
  • Custom Variables — the ability to attach data, like a user name, to visit data

Piwik additionally provides features that aren't directly related to analysing web traffic, including:

  • Privacy Options — the ability to anonymize IP addresses, purge tracking data regularly (but not report data), opt-out support and Do Not Track support. In Germany, thirteen percent of .de websites use Piwik because of these options.
  • Scheduled Reports — reports sent regularly by e-mail or text message
  • Log Importing — a script is additionally provided that imports data from web server logs
  • the API — every report is accessible through a web API as well as almost every administrative function, and programmes can be created to use this API
  • the Mobile App — a free mobile app is provided so users can access their analytics data on their phone

Piwik can additionally be integrated with third-party apps including CMSes such as WordPress or Drupal, E-Commerce apps such as Magento or PrestaShop, bulletin board systems such as phpBB, and more.

The Piwik community has additionally created several plugins that can be used to augment Piwik. There are currently 58 third-party plugins.

Commercial services

The developers of Piwik offers commercial services including yearly support plans, training, managed hosting and general Piwik-related consulting (for installation, system configuration and maintenance, scaling and custom development).

History

Piwik was released in late 2007 as a replacement for phpMyVisites, with full API support, a cleaner UI, modern graphs, better architecture and better performance.

On 21 November 2008, SourceForge.net announced the availability of Piwik as a hosted application for developers.

Piwik was selected SourceForge.net's Project of the Month for July 2009.

In August 2009, Piwik was named among the best of open source enterprise in InfoWorld's 2009 Bossie Awards.

In December 2012 Piwik started crowdfunding for requested new features.