Plausible: Self-hosted Privacy-aware open-source Google Analytics Alternative

Website Analytics is a crucial tool for website admins, content creators and marketers. While Google Analytics is the primary choice for many site admins and content creators, it is not easy to use, manage and learn.

Furthermore, Google Analytics is a web service hosted and managed by Google, users do not own their data or better control over the analytics script.

So, here Plausible comes to the rescue as an open-source alternative which focuses on privacy and decision.

Plausible is completely free self-hosted web analytic software for website admins, owners and content creators to keep track of their users and reader activities.

Unlike several others self-hosted open-source web analytics, Plausible is made to follow and comply with the new EU user privacy standards.

It is the right choice for bloggers, freelancers, startups and companies.

Key features

1- Privacy-aware


Plausible does not need cookies banners or GDPR consent.

2- Compliant with the new privacy standard

Currently, Plausible is fully compliant with:

  1. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  2. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
  3. The Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR)

3- Super easy to use and control

Plausible is easy to control, configure and use. It also offers a simple metric within a clean dashboard which allows the user to focus on the important numbers and make the right decision.

Features

  1. Clean UI
  2. Simple metrics dashboard
  3. Lightweight tracking script
  4. Privacy-friendly
  5. Open-source
  6. Easy-to-install
  7. Search keywords
  8. Docker installation support
  9. Email and Slack reporting
  10. No tracking cookies, no personal data is collected
  11. Well documented
  12. Developer-friendly
  13. Track error pages
  14. Team
  15. Email reporting
  16. Slack integration notification
  17. Define key goals
  18. Track conversions
  19. Search keywords analytics
  20. SPA: Single Page App support
  21. Integrates with Google's Search Console
  22. Analyze marketing campaigns
  23. Metric filtering with simple clicks
  24. Google Integration
  25. Twitter integration
  26. IP Geolocation
  27. Mailer/ SMTP server
  28. ClickhouseDB support
  29. Google Search Integration

Tech stack

The software is built on top of Elixir/ Phoenix, it uses PostgreSQL database and TailwindCSS framework for cosmetics.

Install and setup on your server

Because, Plausible supports Docker, you can install it easily on any server with Docker-compose such as DigitalOcean.

All you need is a $5-$10 droplet, Ubuntu or Debian Linux systems, have Docker and Docker compose up, clone the source, configure the several basic parameters and run docker-compose up -d. In few moments you will have everything up and running.

You may require some extra configuration like domain, SSL and/ or custom settings, but that will not be an issue.

License

Plausible is an open-source project released under GNU Affero General Public License Version 3

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Hamza Musa Author: Hamza Musa

A physician with programming skills and Linux user.



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