This bundle collects data about news entries.

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This bundle collects data about news entries. Currently it contains a command to update some stats for news articles from some networks.


  • following stats are collected:
    • Google Analytics: Unique page view
    • Facebook: share count
    • Matomo: hits



  • PHP 7.2 or higher (not tested with 8.0 and higher)
  • Contao 4.4 or higher



  1. Install with composer or contao manager

    composer require heimrichhannot/contao-social-stats-bundle
  2. Updated database

    php vendor/bin/contao-console contao:migrate
  3. Setup a cronjob for SocialStatsCommand (see Usage -> Command for more information)

    * */1 * * * php vendor/bin/contao-console huh:socialstats:update


Most platforms neeed additions configurtation like access tokens. See configuration reference about what you need.



  huh:socialstats:update [options]

  -p, --platforms[=PLATFORMS]  Limit to specific platform/network. See help for more information.
  -l, --limit=LIMIT            Limit the number of news article to update. [default: 20]
  -a, --age=AGE                Limit the age of articles to be updated to a number of days. 0 means no limit. [default: 0]
      --pid=PID                Limit the news articles to given archives. 0 means all archives. [default: 0]
      --dry-run                Don't write anything to the database. API-Calls are still executed.
  -h, --help                   Display this help message
  -q, --quiet                  Do not output any message
  -V, --version                Display this application version
      --ansi                   Force ANSI output
      --no-ansi                Disable ANSI output
  -n, --no-interaction         Do not ask any interactive question
  -e, --env=ENV                The Environment name. [default: "prod"]
      --no-debug               Switches off debug mode.
  -v|vv|vvv, --verbose         Increase the verbosity of messages: 1 for normal output, 2 for more verbose output and 3 for debug

  This command updates the social statistics of your news entries.
  Following options are available for platforms option:
    fb - Facebook
    ga - Google Analytics
    ma - Matomo

Work with the values

The values collected by the command are written into the huh_socialstats_values field of tl_news. You get them as array after a simple \Contao\StringUtil::deserialze($newsItemModel->huh_socialstats_values, true). The time of the last update of the stats is written into tl_news.huh_socialstats_last_updated.

Google Analytics

We use the Google APIs Client Library for PHP to obtain the values. For this to work you need:

  • a Google API Console project
  • a key file
  • a view id

Here you find all informations how to gain these components: https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/reporting/core/v4/quickstart/web-php

Add custom news routes

By default, the platforms are searched for the default news url (the page you set in the news archive plus an identifier, typical the news alias, see \Contao\News::generateNewsUrl()). If you output your news on multiple locations or have some custom routing, you can add or change the urls with AddNewsArticleUrlsEvent

use HeimrichHannot\SocialStatsBundle\Event\AddNewsArticleUrlsEvent;
use Symfony\Component\EventDispatcher\EventSubscriberInterface;

class SocialStatsEventSubscriber implements EventSubscriberInterface
    public static function getSubscribedEvents()
        return [
            AddNewsArticleUrlsEvent::class => 'addNewsArticleUrls',

    public function addNewsArticleUrls(AddNewsArticleUrlsEvent $event)

Configuration reference

# Default configuration for extension with alias: "huh_social_stats"

    # Override the auto-determined base url.
    base_url:             null

    # The start date from which data should be counted. Needed for analytics services like matomo or google analytics. Default values is 2005-01-01 as timestamp.
    start_date:           1104534000

        # Set the matomo url
        url:                  ~

        # The matomo authorization token
        token:                ~

        # The facebook app id.
        app_id:               null

        # The facebook app secret.
        app_secret:           null

        # View ID
        view_id:              ~

        # Relative path to the google analytics keyfile.
        key_file:             files/bundles/huh_social_stats/google_analytics/privatekey.json