Lightweight traffic tracking for CodeIgniter 4

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Lightweight traffic tracking for CodeIgniter 4

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Quick Start

  1. Install with Composer: > composer require tatter/visits
  2. Update the database: > php spark migrate --all
  3. Apply the visits filter in app/Config/Filters.php:
class Filters extends BaseConfig
    public $globals = [
        'after' => ['visits'],


Provides automated traffic tracking for CodeIgniter 4


Install easily via Composer to take advantage of CodeIgniter 4's autoloading capabilities and always be up-to-date:

> composer require tatter/visits

Or, install manually by downloading the source files and adding the directory to app/Config/Autoload.php.

Once the files are downloaded and included in the autoload, run any library migrations to ensure the database is set up correctly:

> php spark migrate --all

Configuration (optional)

The library's default behavior can be altered by extending its config file. Copy examples/Visits.php to app/Config/ and follow the instructions in the comments. If no config file is found in app/Config/ the library will use its own.


The config file allows for some basic control over what gets counted as a "hit".

  • $ignoreAjax: Whether to ignore AJAX requests when recording

Filtering by AJAX requests is not a guaranteed business; read more in the User Guide.

If you are using the after filter method it is also possible to adjust some behaviors based on the application's Response instance:

  • $ignoreRedirects: Whether to ignore requests that result in a redirect response
  • $requireBody: Whether to ignore requests that result in an empty body
  • $requireHtml: Whether to ignore requests with Content Types other than HTML


The main function of this library is applied through a Controller Filter. The VisitsFilter is pre-aliased for you as visits but needs to be applied to whichever routes you would like to track. Read the User Guide for more details, but in most cases applying the filter globally will be the best fit:

// app/Config/Filters.php

class Filters extends BaseConfig
    public $globals = [
        'before' => [
        'after' => [

    // ...

The filter can be applied to either before or after methods, with the following expectations:

  • before filtering is likely to record more nuances in traffic (such as page loads before an error occurs) but they are less customizable
  • after filtering allows for finer control over what counts as a "hit" but may miss some instances captured by before

Applying both before and after will duplicate your traffic information and should not be done.

Accessing data

This library provides a VisitModel and a Visit entity for convenient access to recorded entries. Feel free to extend these classes for any additional functionality.


Before a visit is assessed for similar and recorded it may be passed through any number of transformations. A transformer is a class that implements Tatter\Visits\Interfaces\Transformer and has the single static method for applying a transformation:

public static function transform(Visit $visit, IncomingRequest $request): ?Visit;

Transformers work on the Visit class they are passed, and return either the modified Visit instance or null to indicate "don't record this visit" and halt operation. If a modified Visit is returned it will be passed into the next Transformer and so on.

To active Transformers and set their order simply add them to the $transformers property of the config file:

use App\Transformers\AnonymousTransformer;

class Visits extends BaseConfig
    public array $transformers = [

User tracking

Visits will use any Composer package that provides codeigniter4/authentication-implementation to identify an active user. It is not legal nor advisable to track user traffic in all cases, so make sure you are configuring your project appropriately for local laws and regulations. Filtering and anonymizing data to meet tighter specifications can be accomplished with Transformers.