Modern, privacy-friendly, and cookie-free web analytics.
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There are a lot of web analytics tools. Unfortunately, most of them come with the following caveats:
Shynet has none of these caveats. You host it yourself, so the data is yours. It works without cookies, so you don't need any intrusive cookie notices. It collects just enough data to be useful, but not enough to be creepy. It's open source and intended to be self-hosted. And you may even find the interface easy to use.
Shynet is a portmanteau of "Skynet" and "shy." The idea is that it gives you loads of useful information (Skynet) while also respecting your visitors' privacy (shy).
Note: These screenshots have been edited to hide sensitive data. The "real" Shynet has a lot more pages and information available, but hopefully this gives you an idea of the general look and feel of the tool.
Not shown: management view, session view, full service view. (You'll need to install Shynet for yourself to see those!)
Here's the information Shynet can give you about your visitors:
Shynet isn't for everyone. It's great for personal projects and small to medium size websites, but hasn't been tested with ultra-high traffic sites. It also requires a fair amount of technical know-how to deploy and maintain, so if you need a one-click solution, you're best served with other tools.
Shynet is pretty simple, but there are a few key terms you need to know in order to use it effectively:
Services are the properties on the web you'd like to track. These generally correspond to websites or single top-level domains. Shynet generates one tracking embed per service.
Hits are a single page-load on one of your services.
Sessions are a collection of hits (or just one) that are made by the same browser in a short period of time.
Does Shynet respond to Do Not Track (DNT) signals? Yes. While there isn't any standardized way to handle DNT requests, Shynet allows you to specify whether you want to collect any data from users with DNT enabled on a per-service basis. (By default, Shynet will not collect any data from users who specify DNT.)
Is this GDPR compliant? It depends on how you use it. If you're worried about GDPR, you should talk to a lawyer about your particular data collection practices. I'm not a lawyer. (And this isn't legal advice.)
To see the upcoming planned features, check out the repository's roadmap project. Upcoming features include data aggregation through rollups, anomaly detection, detailed data exports, two-factor authentication, and a data deletion tool.
These sites use Shynet to monitor usage without violating visitors' privacy: PolitiTweet, Miles' personal site, a17t, Lensant, WhoAreMyRepresentatives.org, and more. (Want to add your site to this list? Send a PR.)
Are you interested in contributing to Shynet? Just send a pull request! Maybe once the project matures there will be more detailed contribution guidelines, but for now just send the code this way and we'll make sure it meets our standards together. Just know that by contributing, you agree to share all of your contributions under the same license as the project (see LICENSE). And always be sure to follow the Code of Conduct.
Shynet is made available under the Apache License, version 2.0.