How to Install Piwik on Ubuntu 20.04?


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Piwik is an open-source web analytics application that provides detailed reports on website traffic and visitor behavior. It allows you to track various metrics such as the number of visitors, page views, keywords, geographical location, and much more. Piwik is a popular alternative to Google Analytics as it offers advanced features, customizable dashboards, and full data ownership. Here are the steps to install Piwik on Ubuntu 20.04: 1. Install LAMP Stack: - Open your terminal and run the following commands: ``` sudo apt update sudo apt install apache2 mysql-server php libapache2-mod-php php-mysql ``` - During the installation, you will be prompted to create a MySQL root password. 2. Create a Database for Piwik: - Log in to MySQL with the following command: ``` sudo mysql -u root -p ``` - Enter your MySQL root password. - Create a new database and user for Piwik: ``` CREATE DATABASE piwikdb; GRANT ALL ON piwikdb.* TO 'piwikuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your_password'; FLUSH PRIVILEGES; EXIT; ``` 3. Download and Configure Piwik: - Download the latest version of Piwik from the official website using the command: ``` wget https://builds.piwik.org/piwik.zip ``` - Unzip the downloaded file: ``` unzip piwik.zip ``` - Move the extracted files to the Apache document root directory: ``` sudo mv piwik/ /var/www/html/ ``` - Set appropriate permissions: ``` sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/piwik sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/piwik ``` 4. Configure Apache: - Create a new Apache configuration file: ``` sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/piwik.conf ``` - Paste the following configuration into the file: ```html ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost DocumentRoot /var/www/html/piwik/ ServerName your_domain_or_IP_address Options Indexes FollowSymLinks AllowOverride All Require all granted ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined ``` - Enable the configuration and restart Apache: ``` sudo a2ensite piwik.conf sudo systemctl reload apache2 5. Complete Piwik Installation: - Open your web browser and navigate to `http://your_domain_or_IP_address/piwik/` - Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. - When prompted for the database details, enter the following: - Database Server: localhost - Login: piwikuser - Password: your_password - Database Name: piwikdb - Set up your administrator account and configure other settings as desired. - Click on the "Next" button to finish the installation. Piwik is now successfully installed on your Ubuntu 20.04 server. You can now start tracking your website's analytics using this powerful self-hosted solution.

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