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A minimalist, self-hosted WakaTime-compatible backend for coding statistics
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📈 wakapi

A minimalist, self-hosted WakaTime-compatible backend for coding statistics

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  • Go >= 1.10 (with $GOPATH properly set)
  • A MySQL database


  • Create an empty MySQL database
  • Get code: go get
  • Go to project root: cd "$GOPATH/src/"
  • Install dependencies: go get -d ./...
  • Copy .env.example to .env and set database credentials
  • Set target port in config.ini
  • Build executable: go build
  • Run server: ./wakapi
  • Edit your local ~/.wakatime.cfg file
    • api_url = https://your.server:someport/api/heartbeat
    • api_key = the_api_key_printed_to_the_console_after_starting_the_server
  • Open http://localhost:3000 in your browser

User Accounts

  • When starting wakapi for the first time, a default user admin with password admin is created. The corresponding API key is printed to the console.
  • Additional users, at the moment, can be added only via SQL statements on your database, like this:
    • Connect to your database server: mysql -u yourusername -p -H your.hostname (alternatively use GUI tools like MySQL Workbench)
    • Select your database: USE yourdatabasename;
    • Add the new user: INSERT INTO users (id, password, api_key) VALUES ('your_nickname', MD5('your_password'), '728f084c-85e0-41de-aa2a-b6cc871200c1'); (the latter value should be a random UUIDv4, as can be found in your ~/.wakatime.cfg)

Best Practices

It is recommended to use wakapi behind a reverse proxy, like Caddy or nginx to enable TLS encryption (HTTPS). However, if you want to expose your wakapi instance to the public anyway, you need to set listen = in config.ini


  • Persisted summaries / aggregations (for performance)
  • User sign up and log in
  • Additional endpoints for retrieving statistics data
  • Enhanced UI
    • Loading spinner
    • Responsiveness
  • Support for SQLite database
  • Dockerize
  • Unit tests

Important Note

This is not an alternative to using WakaTime. It is just a custom, non-commercial, self-hosted application to collect coding statistics using the already existing editor plugins provided by the WakaTime community. It was created for personal use only and with the purpose of keeping the sovereignity of your own data. However, if you like the official product, please support the authors and buy an official WakaTime subscription!


GPL-v3 @ Ferdinand Mütsch

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