Plug-in local user management and analytics

dev-master 2017-03-05 16:59 UTC


⚠️ Heads up

The information in this Readme guide is completly provisional; this is a concept project under development. It's not ready for real use yet, at all. So sorry! 💔

What is UserKit?

UserKit is a PHP library for server side analytics that helps you keep track of your users. A powerful drop in user admin panel. It's kind of like Intercom, but completely local.

Here's some cool stuff you can do with UserKit:

  • Customer intelligence: who's using your app, and what are they up to?
  • Track events and custom properties for your users.
  • Segment users get useful insights.

Getting started

  • PHP 7.1 or newer
  • Composer
  • A database (MySQL, SQLite, MSSQL or Postgres)

You can install UserKit via composer. This will set up the library as a dependency and install the autoloader.

composer require roydejong/userkit

Userkit currently uses Browscap to collect user agent data, for which you'll need to download up-to-date definitions:

vendor/bin/browscap-php browscap:update

And that's it. You're ready to start integrating.

Integrating into your app

Next, you'll need to integrate UserKit into your app so it can gather analytics.

Starting up

When your application starts, you'll need to provide your database configuration. Here's what that looks like when you're connecting to a MySQL database:


UserKit will automatically install and upgrade itself onto the database you connect it to.

All of its tables will be prefixed with userkit_. You can create a separate database if you'd like, or use your existing database if you don't mind a few extra tables.

Gathering basic analytics

To capture a request, all you need to do is call on the capture() method:


This will then capture and log the current request and environment data as a single incoming request, which will start to give you some basic activity data.

You can enrich your capture with more data to get more useful insights. For example, if a user is logged in, you can attach some data:

        'id' => 1234,
        'name' => 'John Doe',
        'email' => ''

Note: You can call capture() multiple times to add more data to the capture. Your data will still be logged once. A capture is saved to the database when your script shuts down, or when you manually call flush() on the capture object.

Displaying the UserKit admin page

Here's where it gets good: activate UserKit's Web UI to view analytics and get user insights. It only takes a little bit of code:


UserKit will build and render the UI for you. Simple as that!

Note: It's your responsibility to secure this page to protect your users' privacy. UserKit does not currently provide any authentication functionality.