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An analytics package for Laravel

v1.1 2019-03-22 16:30 UTC

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Last update: 2024-05-23 05:15:34 UTC


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Use this package to retrieve analytics about your app, from one or many data sources. Currently, this package supports an internal data source and Google Analytics.


This package can be installed through Composer.

composer require benwilkins/laravel-analyst

Once installed, add the service provider:

// config/app.php
'providers' => [

Publish the config file:

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Benwilkins\Analyst\AnalystServiceProvider"

This package also comes with a facade, making it easy to call the class:

// config/app.php
'aliases' => [
    'Analyst' => Benwilkins\Analyst\AnalystFacade::class,

The following config file will be published in config/laravel-analyst.php

return [
     * Path to the client secret json file.
    'google_account_credentials_json' => storage_path('app/laravel-analyst/Google/account-credentials.json'),
     * The amount of minutes the Google API responses will be cached.
     * If you set this to zero, the responses won't be cached at all.
    'cache_lifetime_in_minutes' => 60 * 24,
     * The directory where the underlying Google_Client will store it's cache files.
    'cache_location' => storage_path('app/laravel-analyst/'),
     * The directory where custom internal metrics are stored.
    'custom_metric_location' => '/app/Metrics/',
     * Default data client
    'default_client' => 'internal',

Internal Client

The internal client can be used to pull analytics from within your app's databse. By default, the client comes with one metric: NewUsersMetric.

Custom Metrics

Custom metrics for the internal client can be used by creating a Metric class and adding it to the custom metric directory. By default, that directory is /app/Metrics/, but can be changed from the config.

To add a custom metric:

  1. Create a new class with the namespace Benwilkins\Analyst\Clients\Internal\Metrics. The class should extend the Metric abstract class.
  2. Your class must implement the run method. This method takes two arguments: $period and $params. The period is an instance of the Period class that defines the date range for the metric. The params argument allows custom parameters to be applied to the metric, such as filters.
// app/Metrics/MyNewMetric.php
namespace Benwilkins\Analyst\Clients\Inernal\Metrics;

use Benwilkins\Analyst\Period;

class MyNewMetric extends Metric
    public function run(Period $period, $params = [])
        // Code to run the metric

Example Usage

To use the Internal client, follow this example:

use Benwilkins\Analyst\Period;

$data = Analyst::metric('new users', Period::days(30));

Google Analytics Client

The Google Analytics Client uses the Analytics Reporting API. You'll need to get a Google Service Account Key from the Google Developers Console:

  1. In the console, follow the steps to create a new app.
  2. Enable the Analytics Reporting API
  3. Click on the Credentials tab, and follow the steps to create credentials.
  4. Select Service Account Key as the credential type.
  5. Select a New Service Account and give it a name. Choose JSON as the Key Type.
  6. Download the JSON file and save it in the location specified in the package config file.

Finally, you'll need to grant permissions to your Google Analytics property:

  1. Go to "User Management" in the admin section of the property.
  2. Use the email address found in the client_email key from the JSON file you downloaded. Read only access is sufficient.


The Google Analytics client offers some options for configuration:

  • viewId (required): The ID for the Google Analytics view you wish to pull from. This can be set as a default in the config file.
  • dimensions: An array of dimensions to add to the query.
  • alias: An optional alias to use for the metric name
  • groupByDimensions: This option allows you to group results by dimensions. Pass an array of the indicies of the dimensions you wish you group by from the dimensions option. See example below.


This example queries for events, accepting the ga:eventCategory, ga:eventAction, ga:eventLabel, and ga:date dimensions. The results are grouped by a combination of ga:eventCategory and ga:eventAction.

$metric = Analyst::metric(
        'viewId' => 'XXXXXX', // <- YOUR VIEW ID
        'dimensions' => ['ga:eventCategory', 'ga:eventAction', 'ga:eventLabel', 'ga:date'],
        'alias' => ['events'],
        'groupByDimensions' => [0, 1]

The value of $metric will be an instance of AnalystDataCollection.

Accessing your data

Analyst Data Collections

Both clients return an instance of AnalystDataCollection. This collection has some accessor methods making it easy to use your data:

  • getTotal: Returns the total number for the metric requested.
  • getGroups: Returns an array of AnalystDataGroup objects.
  • getRaw: Returns the data in the original raw format.

Analyst Data Groups

The AnalystDataGroup class is a grouping of your data. Each metric call will have a minimum of one group. A group consists of two main properties: total, and points.

  • getTotal: Returns the total metric number for that grouping.
  • getPoints: Returns the data points for each group, formatted in a way that can be used with Google Charts.


  • Add caching to Google and Internal clients
  • Add Artisan command to make new internal metrics


If you discover any security related issues, please use the issue tracker on GitHub.


The MIT License (MIT). Please see License File for more information.