Your very own Google Analytics replacement, without all of the Google. Simple as pie.
Google Analytics is creepy. It knows where you are, what computer you're using, what browser you're using, what page you visited, and so on. It has horizontal data for IP addresses, so Google knows what sites you've visited across the Internet, for how long, and what your path was. I'm uncomfortable giving Google all this data. In fact, I even wrote a blog post about how to block the various tracking services.
But, I wanted to know what my "greatest" hits are. I wanted to see what people liked and didn't like. Using Google Anayltics isn't an option, but what about using something much simpler? Enter: ping.
Ping: What It Is
Ping is a tiny little server that logs three things:
- IP address of visitor
- URL they visited
- When the visit happened
It also respects the Do Not Track header, which many browsers now allow users to set for all requests. Complying with this header is not mandatory, but aligns nicely with our motivation for respecting users' privacy when they ask for it.
Want to run ping? No problem.
$ go get github.com/parkr/ping $ mysql -e 'create database ping;' $ PING_DB=user:passwd@localhost/ping ping -http=:8972
Specify a port (defaults to
8000) and a database URL and you're off to
the races. Enjoy!
Running behind a proxy? No problem. Specify
ping and you're good to go.
Prefer Docker? We got that too!
$ mysql -e 'create database ping;' $ docker run --rm \ -e PING_DB=user:passwd@host-ip/ping \ parkr/ping \ ping -http=:8972
Ensure that your Docker container is given access to the server MySQL is
running on and that MySQL's
bind-address host is
0.0.0.0 so it can be
accessed by others. Or, use a MySQL proxy.