Goaccess is a neat little utility which scans through your web server (I use nginx) logs and generates a nice HTML report of your site’s access statistics. Here is a sample from their site. I run CentOS 7 on an EC2 Instance where I run a pet project. I wanted a light web analyzer that just works. I have epel enabled on my instance so I just installed goaccess by sudo yum install goaccess. It worked and I was able to see some stats. But then I figured out that the version from repositories is quite an old one at 0.9.8. The latest one is 1.0.2 from the website. So, I just uninstalled it sudo yum remove goaccess.

I downloaded the source tarball and after a few hiccups I was able to get it running. There are two quirks you need to watch out for. First one is that, enabling geoip in goaccess requires installation of maxmind’s geoip database. The installed database from yum is very small, so you need to update it and change symlink /usr/share/GeoIP/GeoIP.dat to point to /usr/share/GeoIP/GeoLiteCountry.dat. Second quirk is that by default the configure script doesn’t figure out the geoip devel libs path so you need to manually point to it while configuring.

sudo yum install GeoIP
sudo rm /usr/share/GeoIP.dat
sudo ln -s /usr/share/{GeoLiteCountry,GeoIP}.dat 

wget http://tar.goaccess.io/goaccess-1.0.2.tar.gz
tar -xzvf goaccess-1.0.2.tar.gz
cd goaccess-1.0.2
LD_FLAGS='-L/usr/lib64/' ./configure --enable-utf8 --enable-geoip
sudo make install

I also created a daily crontab entry to generate reports daily and put it in my public folder of rails directory, all the files in which I serve statically from nginx. So I can just type http://mydomain.com/access.html and see the reports. Here is my crontab entry.

sh crontab @daily /bin/zcat -f /var/log/nginx/access.log* | /usr/local/bin/goaccess -a -o /home/ec2-user/my_rails_dir/public/access.html