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Freeware / Open Source Web Log Analysis Tools?

     
5:36 pm on Aug 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I know and love the 'big guys' at work, i.e. WebTrends and Omniture, so for my personal and side project sites at home I'd love similar features...without the high cost! Webalyzer feels like a rusty screwdriver after playing with power tools. Any good ones?

--Illah

7:08 pm on Aug 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hello Illah,

I totally know what you mean. I just want stats, I don't want to hand over my wallet. There is a product that I've been using for a while that has the "big guys" feel to it but doesn't cost a dime call NetTracker Lite.

Hopefully it won't as bad as a rusty screw driver for you :)

send me a sticky and I send over the url.

-Jason

2:44 pm on Aug 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I've recently been playing around with Microsoft LogParser 2.2. Before you get turned off by the Microsoft part, it's freeware and generally operated out of command-line. It handles a wide variety of log inputs and creates a similarly variable array of outputs, including cool things like pie charts.

LogParser is impressively flexible, though to really work it up into significant reporting you'd have to write a LOT of queries! It runs on SQL-like queries; if you have any background in similar material it will be pretty straightforward to learn. I'd never touched the stuff before and I'm up and running with a relatively low time investment. I'm using it for log pre-processing, or at least developing some queries and batch files toward that end... If you're really inventive and have lots of time to invest, you could probably make LogParser do some lovely reporting.

It's worth checking out if you have the time. The forums at www.logparser.com (the unofficial support site) offer good, fast support. I've been really impressed so far. There are a lot of examples directly related to logfile analysis for top stats and that sort of thing in the LogParser help documentation, which is actually pretty decent, and on the support site as well.

2:53 pm on Aug 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Been using AnalogCX for a good number of years.
- It's a bit hard to configure but has good documentation for an open source product.
- Price is certainly right
- very fast
- I use a simple batch program to grab all my logfiles and FTP them to my workstation ad then use analogcx locally. Once it's set up I cn analyze 20 sites in less than an hour.

I believe you can find it at [analog.cx...]
If the URL gets deleted do a search for download analog cx -- it's the site with the .cx extension

3:02 pm on Aug 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Look at AWStats as well:

[awstats.org...]