Java Tracker Setup

Anton Parkhomenko edited this page Mar 14, 2018 · 14 revisions

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This page refers to version 0.8.0+ of the Snowplow Java Tracker.

Documentation for older version of this tracker is available:


1. Overview

The Snowplow Java Tracker lets you add analytics to your Java-based desktop and server apps, servlets and games.

The Tracker should be relatively straightforward to setup if you are familiar with Java development.

Ready? Let's get started.

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2. Integration options

2.1 Tracker compatibility

The Snowplow Java Tracker has been built and tested using JDK7 (JRE 1.7), so should work within any Java application built using JDK7 upwards.

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2.2 Dependencies

To minimize jar bloat, we have tried to keep external dependencies to a minimum. For the full list of dependencies, please see our Gradle build file.

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3. Setup

3.1 Hosting

The Tracker is published to Snowplow's hosted Maven repository, which should make it easy to add it as a dependency into your own Java app.

The current version of the Snowplow Java Tracker is 0.8.2.

You can also manually insert the Tracker by downloading the jar directly: snowplow-java-tracker-0.8.2.jar

3.2 Maven

If you are using Maven for building your Java application, then add the following code into your HOME/.m2/settings.xml to be able to use this repository:

      <!-- ... -->
          <name>SnowPlow Analytics</name>

Then add into your project's pom.xml:


3.3 Gradle

If you are using Gradle in your own Java application, then add our Maven repository in your build.gradle file:

repositories {
    maven {
        url ""

Then add into the same file:

dependencies {
    // Snowplow Java Tracker
    compile 'com.snowplowanalytics:snowplow-java-tracker:0.8.2'

3.4 SBT

The Snowplow Java Tracker is also usable from Scala. Add this to your SBT config:

// Resolvers
val snowplowRepo = "SnowPlow Repo" at ""

// Dependency
val snowplowTracker = "com.snowplowanalytics"  % "snowplow-java-tracker"  % "0.8.2"

Done? Now read the Java Tracker API to start tracking events.

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