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How to deploy AwStats

Reviewed on 28 March 2022Published on 03 December 2018
  • compute
  • AwStats
  • FTP
  • Apache

AwStats - Overview

AwStats is a handy tool that can give you an overview of what is happening on your website and assist with site analysis. It is an open-source Web analytics reporting tool that graphically generates advanced web, streaming, FTP, or mail server statistics.

It is a complete enterprise-grade server and log monitoring software that works either as a CGI (Common Gateway Interface) or from the command line. It displays all the information in your logs via a series of concise, graphical webpages, running regularly and quickly.

AwStats uses log file analysis to analyze log files from most web servers, including Apache, IIS, and many other web servers.


Installing Apache

Before installing AwStats server packages, make sure the Apache2 HTTP server is installed.

apt update
apt install apache2

Installing and configuring AwStats

By default, AwStats package is available in the Ubuntu repository.

  1. Install the AwStats package.

    apt install awstats
  2. Enable the CGI module in Apache.

    a2enmod cgi
  3. Restart Apache.

    systemctl restart apache2
  4. Duplicate the AwStats default configuration file to one with your domain name.

    cp /etc/AwStats/awstats.conf /etc/awstats/domain-example.conf
  5. Edit the your AwStats domain name configuration file.

    nano /etc/awstats/domain-example.conf
  6. Update the settings shown below.

    # Change to Apache log file, by default it's /var/log/apache2/access.log

    # Change to the website domain name
    HostAliases="www.domain-example localhost"

    # When this parameter is set to 1, AwStats adds a button on report page to allow to "update" statistics from a web browser
  7. Save and close the file.

  8. 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: 0
    Parsed lines in file: 5
    Found 0 dropped records,
    Found 0 comments,
    Found 0 blank records,
    Found 0 corrupted records,
    Found 0 old records,
    Found 5 new qualified records.

Configuring Apache for AwStats

Copy the content of the cgi-bin folder to the default document root directory of your Apache installation. By default, this is in the /usr/lib/cgi-bin folder.

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/

Testing AwStats

Now you can access your AwStats by visiting the url http://your-server-ip/cgi-bin/awstats.pl?config=test.com

which displays

Setting-up a cron job to update logs

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.

  1. Edit the /etc/crontab file.

    nano /etc/crontab
  2. Add the following line to tell AwStats to update every ten minutes

    */10 * * * * root /usr/lib/cgi-bin/awstats.pl -config=test.com -update
  3. Save and exit.