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Plausible Analytics

Plausible Analytics is a simple, lightweight (< 1 KB), open-source and privacy-friendly alternative to Google Analytics. It doesn’t use cookies and is fully compliant with GDPR, CCPA and PECR.



  • Download, extract and place the file(s) in a directory called Plausible in your extensions/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php file:
wfLoadExtension( 'Plausible' );  
$wgPlausibleDomain = "";  
$wgPlausibleDomainKey = ""; // change to your site address
$wgPlausibleApikey = ''; // Only necessary when using Extension:PageViewInfo
  • Configure as required.
  • Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.


Key Description Example Default
$wgPlausibleDomain Plausible Domain. Required null
$wgPlausibleDomainKey Domain Key set on the plausible website. Required null
$wgPlausibleApiKey Auth Bearer key for integration with Extension:PageViewInfo
$wgPlausibleHonorDNT Honor the Do Not Track header and disable tracking. false true
$wgPlausibleTrackOutboundLinks Enable Tracking of outbound link clicks. true false
$wgPlausibleTrackFileDownloads Enable Tracking of link clicks that lead to files, sending a File Download event. See the official docs. true false
$wgPlausibleTrackFileDownloadExtensions List of additional file extensions to track. See the official docs. ['js', 'py'] []
$wgPlausibleTrackLoggedIn Enable Tracking for logged in users. true false
$wgPlausibleEnableTaggedEvents Enable click tracking via css classes. See the official docs. true false
$wgPlausibleIgnoredTitles List of page titles that should not be tracked. Examples. ['/Page1', '/Special:*', ] []
$wgPlausibleEnableOptOutTag Enables or disables the <plausible-opt-out /> tag that allows users to opt-out from being tracked. false true

Included tracking scripts

The following tracking modules can be activated by setting the provided configuration key in LocalSettings.php to true.

Key Description Event Name
$wgPlausibleTrack404 Sends a 404 event for unknown titles. 404
$wgPlausibleTrackSearchInput Send inputs to #searchInput to plausible as a custom event named Search: Input. Search: Input
$wgPlausibleTrackEditButtonClicks Track clicks to #ca-edit a as a custom event named Edit Button: Click. Edit Button: Click
$wgPlausibleTrackNavplateClicks Track clicks to links inside .navplate elements. Navplate: Click
$wgPlausibleTrackInfoboxClicks Track clicks to links inside .mw-capiunto-infobox and .infobox elements. Infobox: Click
$wgPlausibleTrackCitizenSearchLinks Only for Skin:Citizen. Track clicks to search result links found in #typeahead-suggestions. Event is named Citizen: Search Link Click. Citizen: Search Link Click
$wgPlausibleTrackCitizenMenuLinks Only for Skin:Citizen. Track clicks to links in the sidebar menu. Event is named Citizen: Menu Link Click. Citizen: Menu Link Click

Server Side Tracking

Some events can be sent serverside without having to rely on the included plausible client script.

The following custom events can be activated:

# Default Configuration
$wgPlausibleServerSideTracking = [
    // Event Name: pageview
    'pageview' => false,
    // Event Name: 404 
    'page404' => false,
    // Event Name: Page: Edit 
    'pageedit' => true, // Page has been successfully edited
    // Event Name: Page: Delete
    'pagedelete' => true, // Page has been deleted
    // Event Name: Page: Undelete
    'pageundelete' => true, // Page has been undeleted
    // Event Name: Page: Move
    'pagemove' => true, // Page was moved
    // Event Name: User: Register
    'userregister' => false, // A new user registered
    // Event Name: User: Login
    'userlogin' => false, // A user logged in
    // Event Name: User: Logout
    'userlogout' =>  false, // A user logged out
    // Event Name: File: Upload
    'fileupload' => true, // A file was uploaded
    // Event Name: File: Delete
    'filedelete' => true, // A file was deleted
    // Event Name: File: Undelete
    'fileundelete' => true, // A file was undeleted
    // Event Name: Search: Not found
    'searchnotfound' => true, // A searched term was not found / has no title on the wiki
    // Event Name: Search: Found
    'searchfound' => true, // A searched term was found / has a corresponding title on the wiki

Event / Goal Names

This extension chooses the following convention for naming events / goals: Subject: Event/Action.

Tracking Custom Events

If you want to track custom event goals like button clicks or form completions, you have to trigger these custom events from your website using JavaScript.

Scripts need to be placed in MediaWiki:<Your Skin>.js e.g. MediaWiki:Citizen.js.

Example: Tracking edit button clicks on Skin:Citizen.

if (typeof window.plausible === 'undefined') {

document.querySelector('#ca-edit a').addEventListener('click', function (event) {
    plausible('Edit Button: Click');

Via css classes

With setting $wgPlausibleEnableTaggedEvents = true; click to elements can be tracked by setting css classes. From the official docs:

You can also add class names directly in HTML If you can edit the raw HTML code of the element you want to track, you can also add the classes directly in HTML. For example:

<!-- before -->
<button>Click Me</button>
<!-- after -->
<button class="plausible-event-name=Button+Click">Click Me</button>

Or if your element already has a class attribute, just separate the new ones with a space:

<!-- before -->
<button class="some-existing-class">Click Me</button>

<!-- after -->
<button class="some-existing-class plausible-event-name=Button+Click">Click Me</button>

When you send custom events to Plausible, they won't show up in your dashboard automatically. You'll have to configure the goal for the conversion numbers to show up.

Ignoring Pages

By default, Plausible Analytics tracks every page you install the snippet on. If you don't want Plausible to track specific pages, do not include the snippet on those pages.

Common use cases and examples

$wgPlausibleIgnoredTitles input Prevents tracking on pages with a URL path of:
/blog4 /blog4 and exactly /blog4 with nothing before or after it, so not /blog45 nor /blog4/new nor /blog
/rule/* /rule/<anything>, with <anything> being any set of characters (length >=0), but not a forward slash - for example, both /rule/1 as well as /rule/general-rule-14, but not /rule/4/details nor /rules
/how-to-* /how-to-<anything> - for example, /how-to-play or /how-to-succeed, but not how-to-/blog
/*/admin /<anything>/admin - for example, /sites/admin, but not /sites/admin/page-2 nor /sites/2/admin nor /admin
/*/priv/* /<anything>/priv/<anything> - for example, /admin/priv/sites, but not /priv nor /priv/page nor /admin/priv
/rule/*/* /rule/<anything>/<anything> - for example, /rule/4/new/ or /rule/10/edit, but not /rule nor /rule/10/new/save
/wp/** /wp<anything, even slashes> - for example, /wp/assets/subdirectory/another/image.png or /wp/admin, and everything in between, but not /page/wp

Lua Integration

With Extension:PageViewInfo active, plausible exposes the following functions:

  1. mw.ext.plausible.topPages() Returns the top pages and the views for the last day. The table is ordered by the number of page views, and can be iterated by using ipairs.
local result = mw.ext.plausible.topPages()
> {
    page = "Foo",
    views = 100
    page = "Bar",
    views = 80
  { [...] }

Alternatively this function can be called with the number of days to calculate the views over, e.g. mw.ext.plausible.topPages( 30 ).
This is expensive as no caching is employed.

  1. mw.ext.plausible.pageData( titles, days ) Returns the page views for the given titles over the last N days.
local result = mw.ext.plausible.pageData( { "Foo", "Bar" }, 5 )
> {
  ["Foo"] = {
    ["2023-08-04"] = 10,
    ["2023-08-05"] = 1,
    ["2023-08-06"] = 4,
    ["2023-08-07"] = 7,
    ["2023-08-08"] = 1,
    ["2023-08-09"] = 4,
  ["Bar"] = {
    ["2023-08-04"] = 100,
    ["2023-08-05"] = 14,
    ["2023-08-06"] = 54,
    ["2023-08-07"] = 7,
    ["2023-08-08"] = 31,
    ["2023-08-09"] = 1,
  1. mw.ext.plausible.siteData( days ) Returns the site views for the given last N days.
local result = mw.ext.plausible.siteData( 5 )
> {
  ["2023-08-04"] = 10,
  ["2023-08-05"] = 1,
  ["2023-08-06"] = 4,
  ["2023-08-07"] = 7,
  ["2023-08-08"] = 1,
  ["2023-08-09"] = 4,