AwStats serves as a valuable utility capable of providing a comprehensive overview of your website’s activity while aiding in site analysis. This open-source web analytics reporting tool generates advanced statistics for web, streaming, FTP, and mail servers in a visually informative manner.
This software stands as a robust, enterprise-level server and log monitoring solution, offering two operational modes: CGI (Common Gateway Interface) and command line. It efficiently presents log data through concise and graphical webpages, with regular and swift updates.
AwStats leverages log file analysis to parse data from a wide range of web servers, including Apache, IIS, and numerous others.
You may need certain IAM permissions to carry out some actions described on this page. This means:
We recommend you follow this tutorial using a Cost-Optimized Instance.
Connect to your Instance:ssh root@<your_Instance_public_IP>
Make sure the Apache2 HTTP server is installed, then install the AwStats server packages:apt updateapt install apache2
By default, AwStats package is available in the Ubuntu repository.
Install the AwStats package.apt install awstats
Enable the CGI module in Apache.a2enmod cgi
Restart Apache.systemctl restart apache2.service
Duplicate the AwStats default configuration file to one with your domain name.cp /etc/awstats/awstats.conf /etc/awstats/domain-example.conf
Edit your AwStats domain name configuration file.nano /etc/awstats/domain-example.conf
Update the settings shown below.# Change to Apache log file, by default it's /var/log/apache2/access.logLogFile="/var/log/apache2/access.log"# Change to the website domain nameSiteDomain="domain-example.com"HostAliases="www.domain-example localhost 127.0.0.1"# When this parameter is set to 1, AwStats adds a button on report page to allow to "update" statistics from a web browserAllowToUpdateStatsFromBrowser=1
CTRL + Oand
CTRL + Xto save and exit the file.
Build your initial statistics which are generated from the current logs on your server./usr/lib/cgi-bin/awstats.pl -config=test.com -update
which returns...Create/Update database for config "/etc/awstats/awstats.conf" by AwStats version 7.6 (build 20161204)From data in log file "/var/log/apache2/access.log"...Phase 1 : First bypass old records, searching new record...Searching new records from beginning of log file...Phase 2 : Now process new records (Flush history on disk after 20000 hosts)...Jumped lines in file: 0Parsed lines in file: 5Found 0 dropped records,Found 0 comments,Found 0 blank records,Found 0 corrupted records,Found 0 old records,Found 5 new qualified records.
Copy the content of the
cgi-bin folder to the default document root directory of your Apache installation. By default, this is in the
cp -r /usr/lib/cgi-bin /var/www/html/chown www-data:www-data /var/www/html/cgi-bin/chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/cgi-bin/
Now you can access your AwStats by visiting the following URL:
It is recommended to schedule a cron job to regularly update the AwStats database using newly created log entries, so the stats get updated on a regular basis.
- Edit the
- Add the following line to tell AwStats to update every ten minutes
*/10 * * * * root /usr/lib/cgi-bin/awstats.pl -config=test.com -update
CTRL + Oand
CTRL + Xto save and exit.