Howto: install an open web analytics platform in 30 minutes

This is a very quick guide on how to install Matomo on DigitalOcean.

Matomo is an Open Source Web Analytics platform that lets you get precise insights into your website or web application’s traffic through a nice visual web panel, similar to Google Analytics. The big advantage of doing it through an Open Source software is you don’t have to share this information with Google, which makes it easier to respect the privacy of your visitors and to comply with EU’s GDPR rules.

DigitalOcean is a hosting services provider specialized in Virtual Machines, that lets you setup small web applications relatively easily.

This guide assumes you are familiar with the Linux command line.

We’ll first start by setting up a “Droplet”, as DigitalOcean calls their virtual machines. To do that, go to, create an account, then click on “Create” then on “Droplet”

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