PiwikTracker 4.4.2

PiwikTracker 4.4.2

LangLanguage SwiftSwift
License MIT
ReleasedLast Release Jan 2018
SwiftSwift Version 4.0
SPMSupports SPM

Maintained by Mattias Levin, Cornelius Horstmann.

  • By
  • Mattias Levin and Cornelius Horstmann

PiwikTracker iOS SDK

The PiwikTracker is an iOS, tvOS and macOS SDK for sending app analytics to a Piwik server. PiwikTracker can be used from Swift and Objective-C.

Fancy help improve this SDK? Check this list to see what is left and can be improved.

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Use the following in your Podfile.

pod 'PiwikTracker', '~> 4.4'

Then run pod install. In every file you want to use the PiwikTracker, don't forget to import the framework with import PiwikTracker.



Before the first usage, the PiwikTracker has to be configured. This is best done in the application(_:, didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:) method in the AppDelegate.

PiwikTracker.configureSharedInstance(withSiteID: "5", baseURL: URL(string: "http://your.server.org/path-to-piwik/piwik.php")!)

The siteId is the ID that you can get if you add a website within the Piwik web interface. The baseURL it the URL to your Piwik web instance and has to include the "piwik.php" string.

Opting Out

The PiwikTracker SDK supports opting out of tracking. Please use the isOptedOut property of the PiwikTracker to define if the user opted out of tracking.

PiwikTracker.shared?.isOptedOut = true

Tracking Page Views

The PiwikTracker can track hierarchical screen names, e.g. screen/settings/register. Use this to create a hierarchical and logical grouping of screen views in the Piwik web interface.

PiwikTracker.shared?.track(view: ["path","to","your","page"])

You can also set the url of the page.

let url = URL(string: "https://piwik.org/get-involved/")
PiwikTracker.shared?.track(view: ["community","get-involved"], url: url)

Tracking Events

Events can be used to track user interactions such as taps on a button. An event consists of four parts:

  • Category
  • Action
  • Name (optional, recommended)
  • Value (optional)
PiwikTracker.shared?.track(eventWithCategory: "player", action: "slide", name: "volume", value: 35.1)

This will log that the user slid the volume slider on the player to 35.1%.

Custom Dimension

The Piwik SDK currently supports Custom Dimensions for the Visit Scope. Using Custom Dimensions you can add properties to the whole visit, such as "Did the user finish the tutorial?", "Is the user a paying user?" or "Which version of the Application is being used?" and such. Before sending custom dimensions please make sure Custom Dimensions are properly installed and configured. You will need the ID of your configured Dimension.

After that you can set a new Dimension,

PiwikTracker.shared?.set(value: "1.0.0-beta2", forIndex: 1)

or remove an already set dimension.

PiwikTracker.shared?.remove(dimensionAtIndex: 1)

Dimensions in the Visit Scope will be sent along every Page View or Event. Custom Dimensions are not persisted by the SDK and have to be re-configured upon application startup.

Custom User ID

To add a custom User ID, simply set the value you'd like to use on the visitorId field of the shared tracker:

PiwikTracker.shared?.visitorId = "coolUsername123"

All future events being tracked by the SDK will be associated with this userID, as opposed to the default UUID created for each Visitor.

Advanced Usage

Manual dispatching

The PiwikTracker will dispatch events every 30 seconds automatically. If you want to dispatch events manually, you can use the dispatch() function. You can, for example, dispatch whenever the application enter the background.

func applicationDidEnterBackground(_ application: UIApplication) {

Session Management

The PiwikTracker starts a new session whenever the application starts. If you want to start a new session manually, you can use the startNewSession() function. You can, for example, start a new session whenever the user enters the application.

func applicationWillEnterForeground(_ application: UIApplication) {


The PiwikTracker per default logs warning and error messages to the console. You can change the LogLevel.

PiwikTracker.shared?.logger = DefaultLogger(minLevel: .verbose)
PiwikTracker.shared?.logger = DefaultLogger(minLevel: .debug)
PiwikTracker.shared?.logger = DefaultLogger(minLevel: .info)
PiwikTracker.shared?.logger = DefaultLogger(minLevel: .warning)
PiwikTracker.shared?.logger = DefaultLogger(minLevel: .error)

You can also write your own Logger and send the logs wherever you want. Just write a new class/struct an let it conform to the Logger protocol.

Custom User Agent

The PiwikTracker will create a default user agent derived from the WKWebView user agent.
You can instantiate the PiwikTracker using your own user agent.

PiwikTracker.configureSharedInstance(withSiteID: "5", baseURL: URL(string: "http://your.server.org/path-to-piwik/piwik.php")!, userAgent: "Your custom user agent")

Objective-C compatibility

Version 4 of this SDK is written in Swift, but you can use it in your Objective-C project as well. If you don't want to update you can still use the unsupported older version 3. Using the Swift SDK from Objective-C should be pretty straight forward.

[PiwikTracker configureSharedInstanceWithSiteID:@"5" baseURL:[NSURL URLWithString:@"http://your.server.org/path-to-piwik/piwik.php"] userAgent:nil];
[PiwikTracker shared] trackWithView:@[@"example"] url:nil];
[[PiwikTracker shared] trackWithEventWithCategory:@"category" action:@"action" name:nil number:nil];
[[PiwikTracker shared] dispatch];

Sending custom events

Instead of using the convenience functions for events and screen views for example you can create your event manually and even send custom tracking parameters. This feature isn't available from Objective-C.

func sendCustomEvent() {
  guard let piwikTracker = PiwikTracker.shared else { return }
  let downloadURL = URL(string: "https://builds.piwik.org/piwik.zip")!
  let event = Event(tracker: piwikTracker, action: ["menu", "custom tracking parameters"], url: downloadURL, customTrackingParameters: ["download": downloadURL.absoluteString])

All custom events will be URL-encoded and dispatched along with the default Event parameters. Please read the Tracking API Documentation for more information on which parameters can be used.

Also: You cannot override Custom Parameter keys that are already defined by the Event itself. If you set those keys in the customTrackingParameters they will be discarded.

Automatic url generation

You can define the url property on every Event. If none is defined, the SDK will try to generate a url based on the contentBase of the PiwikTracker. If the contentBase is nil, no url will be generated. If the contentBase is set, it will append the actions of the event to it and use it as the url. Per default the contentBase is generated using the application bundle identifier. For example http://org.piwik.skd. This will not result in resolvable urls, but enables the backend to analyse and structure them.


Please read CONTRIBUTING.md for details.


These features aren't implemented yet

  • Basic functionality
  • Tracking of more things
    • Exceptions
    • Social Interactions
    • Search
    • Goals and Conversions
    • Outlinks
    • Downloads
    • Ecommerce Transactions
    • Campaigns
    • Content Impressions / Content Interactions
  • Customizing the tracker
    • add prefixing? (The objc-SDK had a prefixing functionality Example screenshot)
    • set the dispatch interval
    • use different dispatchers (Alamofire)


PiwikTracker is available under the MIT license.