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Google Analytics for your S3 bucket

Problem:

I want to see my S3 bucket stats in Google Analytics

Solution:

build minimalistic Heroku app which acts as a redirecting proxy which hits Google Analytics server with every visit

My motivation

I host my download server for my Mac apps on Amazon S3. Also I host there XML files for Sparkle updater. I want analytics!

How it works

When someone requests http://downloads.binaryage.com/TotalTerminal-1.2.3.dmg, it goes to Heroku app, which:

  1. parses URL into domain, product and version (download.binaryage.com, TotalTerminal, 1.2.3)
  2. hits Google Analytics with event (category=domain, action=product, label=version)
  3. redirects to http://downloads-1.binaryage.com/TotalTerminal-1.2.3.dmg (HTTP 307)

In Action

	➔ curl -I http://downloads.binaryage.com/TotalTerminal-1.2.3.dmg
	
    HTTP/1.1 307 Temporary Redirect
	Content-Type: text/html
	Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2012 10:20:59 GMT
	Location: http://downloads-1.binaryage.com/TotalTerminal-1.2.3.dmg
	Server: Apache/2.2.19 (Unix) PHP/5.3.6
	X-Powered-By: PHP/5.3.6
	Connection: keep-alive  

Installation

  • DNS, S3

    • originally:

      • had S3 bucket: downloads.binaryage.com
      • had DNS mapping: downloads.binaryage.com (DNS) -> downloads.binaryage.com.s3.amazonaws.com (S3 bucket)
    • newly:

      • created new Heroku app: binaryage-leechgate with content of this repo
      • created new S3 bucket: downloads-1.binaryage.com
      • copied S3 bucket content: from downloads.binaryage.com to downloads-1.binaryage.com
      • set new DNS mapping: downloads-1.binaryage.com (DNS) -> downloads-1.binaryage.com.s3.amazonaws.com (S3 bucket)
      • modified original DNS mapping: downloads.binaryage.com (DNS) -> binaryage-leechgate.herokuapp.com (Heroku)
  • Heroku

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