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Simple attempt at keeping track of visitors to django-powered web sites
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``django-tracking`` is a simple attempt at keeping track of visitors
to django-powered Web sites.  It also offers basic blacklisting

Authored by `Josh VanderLinden <>`_, and some great
`contributors <>`_.

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* Tracks the following information about your visitors:

  * Session key
  * IP address
  * User agent
  * Whether or not they are a registered user and logged in
  * Where they came from (HTTP-REFERER)
  * What page on your site they last visited
  * How many pages on your site they have visited

* Allows user-agent filtering for visitor tracking
* Automatic clean-up of old visitor records
* Can ban certain IP addresses, rendering the site useless to visitors from
  those IP's (great for stopping spam)
* The ability to have a live feed of active users on your website
* Template tags to:

  * display how many active users there are on your site
  * determine how many active users are on the same page within your site

* Optional "Active Visitors Map" to see where visitors are in the world


As far as I am aware, the only requirement for django-tracking to work is a
modern version of Django.  I developed the project on Django 1.0 alpha 2 and
beta 1.  It is designed to work with the newforms-admin functionality.

If you wish to use a Google Map to display where your visitors are probably at,
you must have a `Google Maps API key
<>`_, which is free.  You
are required to have the `GeoIP C API library
<>`_ installed.
You might want to grab the `GeoLite City binary
<>`_ unless you are a paying MaxMind
customer.  This is the data file that ``django-tracking`` uses to translate an
IP into a location on the planet.  Configuring this feature is discussed later.


Download ``django-tracking`` using *one* of the following methods:


You can download the package from the `CheeseShop
<>`_ or use::

    pip install django-tracking

to download and install ``django-tracking``.


You can download the package from the `CheeseShop <>`_ or use::

    easy_install django-tracking

to download and install ``django-tracking``.

Checkout from BitBucket/GitHub/Google Code

Use one of the following commands::

    hg clone
    git clone
    hg clone django-tracking

Package Download

Download the latest ``.tar.gz`` file from the downloads section and extract it
somewhere you'll remember.


First of all, you must add this project to your list of ``INSTALLED_APPS`` in


Run `` syncdb``.  This creates a few tables in your database that are
necessary for operation.

Depending on how you wish to use this application, you have a few options:

Visitor Tracking

Add ``tracking.middleware.VisitorTrackingMiddleware`` to your
``MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES`` in ````.  It must be underneath the
``AuthenticationMiddleware``, so that ``request.user`` exists.

Automatic Visitor Clean-Up

If you want to have Django automatically clean past visitor information out
your database, put ``tracking.middleware.VisitorCleanUpMiddleware`` in your

IP Banning

Add ``tracking.middleware.BannedIPMiddleware`` to your ``MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES``
in ````.  I would recommend making this the very first item in
``MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES`` so your banned users do not have to drill through any
other middleware before Django realizes they don't belong on your site.

Visitors on Page (template tag)

Make sure that ``django.core.context_processors.request`` is somewhere in your
``TEMPLATE_CONTEXT_PROCESSORS`` tuple.  This context processor makes the
``request`` object accessible to your templates.  This application uses the
``request`` object to determine what page the user is looking at in a template

Active Visitors Map

If you're interested in seeing where your visitors are at a given point in
time, you might enjoy the active visitor map feature.  Be sure you have added a
line to your main URLconf, as follows::

    from django.conf.urls.defaults import *

    urlpatterns = patterns('',
        (r'^tracking/', include('tracking.urls')),

Next, set a couple of settings in your ````:

* ``GOOGLE_MAPS_KEY``: Your very own Google Maps API key
* ``TRACKING_USE_GEOIP``: set this to ``True`` if you want to see markers on
  the map
* ``GEOIP_PATH``: set this to the absolute path on the filesystem of your
  ``GeoIP.dat`` or ``GeoIPCity.dat`` or whatever file.  It's usually something
  like ``/usr/local/share/GeoIP.dat`` or ``/usr/share/GeoIP/GeoIP.dat``.
* ``GEOIP_CACHE_TYPE``: The type of caching to use when dealing with GeoIP data:

    * ``0``: read database from filesystem, uses least memory.
    * ``1``: load database into memory, faster performance but uses more
    * ``2``: check for updated database.  If database has been updated, reload
      filehandle and/or memory cache.
    * ``4``: just cache the most frequently accessed index portion of the
      database, resulting in faster lookups than ``GEOIP_STANDARD``, but less
      memory usage than ``GEOIP_MEMORY_CACHE`` - useful for larger databases
      such as GeoIP Organization and GeoIP City.  Note, for GeoIP Country,
      Region and Netspeed databases, ``GEOIP_INDEX_CACHE`` is equivalent to
      ``GEOIP_MEMORY_CACHE``. *default*

* ``DEFAULT_TRACKING_TEMPLATE``: The template to use when generating the
  visitor map.  Defaults to ``tracking/visitor_map.html``.

When that's done, you should be able to go to ``/tracking/map/`` on your site
(replacing ``tracking`` with whatever prefix you chose to use in your URLconf,
obviously).  The default template relies upon jQuery for its awesomeness, but
you're free to use whatever you would like.


To display the number of active users there are in one of your templates, make
sure you have ``{% load tracking_tags %}`` somewhere in your template and do
something like this::

    {% visitors_on_site as visitors %}
        {{ visitors }} active user{{ visitors|pluralize }}

If you also want to show how many people are looking at the same page::

    {% visitors_on_page as same_page %}
        {{ same_page }} of {{ visitors }} active user{{ visitors|pluralize }}
        {% ifequal same_page 1 %}is{% else %}are{% endifequal %} reading this page

If you don't want particular areas of your site to be tracked, you may define a
list of prefixes in your ```` using the ``NO_TRACKING_PREFIXES``.  For
example, if you didn't want visits to the ``/family/`` section of your website,
set ``NO_TRACKING_PREFIXES`` to ``['/family/']``.

If you don't want to count certain user-agents, such as Yahoo!'s Slurp and
Google's Googlebot, you may add keywords to your visitor tracking in your
Django administration interface.  Look for "Untracked User-Agents" and add a
keyword that distinguishes a particular user-agent.  Any visitors with the
keyword in their user-agent string will not be tracked.

By default, active users include any visitors within the last 10 minutes.  If
you would like to override that setting, just set ``TRACKING_TIMEOUT`` to however
many minutes you want in your ````.

For automatic visitor clean-up, any records older than 24 hours are removed by
default.  If you would like to override that setting, set
``TRACKING_CLEANUP_TIMEOUT`` to however many hours you want in your

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