Awesome Humane Tech

GoatCounter is an open source web analytics platform available as a hosted service (free for non-commercial use) or self-hosted app. It aims to offer easy to use and meaningful privacy-friendly web analytics as an alternative to Google Analytics or Matomo.

There are two ways to run this: as hosted service on goatcounter.com, free for non-commercial use, or run it on your own server. The source code is completely Open Source/Free Software, and it can be self-hosted without restrictions.

See docs/rationale.markdown for some more details on the “why?” of this project.

There’s a live demo at https://stats.arp242.net.

Please consider contributing financially if you’re self-hosting GoatCounter so I can pay my rent ๐Ÿ™‚ GoatCounter is sponsored by a grant from NLnet’s NGI Zero PET fund.

Features

  • Privacy-aware; doesnโ€™t track users with unique identifiers and doesn’t need a GDPR notice. Fine-grained control over which data is collected. Also see the privacy policy and GDPR consent notices.

  • Lightweight and fast; adds just ~3.5K of extra data to your site. Also has JavaScript-free “tracking pixel” option, or you can use it from your application’s middleware or import from logfiles.

  • Identify unique visits without cookies using a non-identifiable hash (technical details).

  • Keeps useful statistics such as browser information, location, and screen size. Keep track of referring sites and campaigns.

  • Easy; if you’ve been confused by the myriad of options and flexibility of Google Analytics and Matomo that you don’t need then GoatCounter will be a breath of fresh air.

  • Accessibility is a high-priority feature, and the interface works well with assistive technology such as screen readers.

  • 100% committed to open source; you can see exactly what the code does and make improvements, or self-host it for any purpose.

  • Own your data; you can always export all data and cancel at any time.

  • Integrate on your site with just a single script tag:

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