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What real-time log analyzer can you suggest for Apache access and error logs?

There is a list of web analytics software on WikiPedia, but it would be great to hear opinions from people with experience without having to try all of them.

Please don't suggest Google Analytics or any other hosted/JavaScript analytics suites, already using them, GA is not real-time and it is missing some data that the logs show. For example 404 errors, script errors, the full query-string of the referral, IP addresses, visitor path through the website, etc ...

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closed as primarily opinion-based by John Conde Jul 14 '13 at 13:45

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can this be turned into community-wiki? – Evgeny Nov 2 '10 at 16:07
Real time log analysis is waay different than real time JS-based tracking. The former is difficult to implement and doesn't scale across multiple instances, and the latter is what Google Analytics uses. If you're looking for a solid Apache logs analyzer, check out Angelfish. analytics.angelfishstats.com – Andrew C Mar 25 at 19:02
up vote 3 down vote accepted

I was using Urchin before I switched to Google Analyics. The Urchin Project no longer exists.

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didn't know urchin could analyze logs -- but it can! this is great! – Evgeny Nov 2 '10 at 15:56
only downside is that it costs a fortune :/ – Evgeny Nov 2 '10 at 15:58
Too bad there's no community edition or open source equivalent... – Lèse majesté Nov 3 '10 at 12:45
Urchin has been discontinued. – Daniel C. Sobral May 4 '12 at 18:49
This is the new alternative to Urchin (open source!) piwik.org/log-analytics – NickT Oct 23 '13 at 2:21

GoAccess is a free text/curses based log analyzer similar to "top".

GoAccess main scrollable dashboard

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AWStats is a good open source solution.

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doesn't support nginx – Michelle Aug 20 '12 at 3:07
AWStats supports Apache log format, and nginx can easily output in Apache log format, so... it does support nginx indirectly. – Tim Tisdall May 13 '15 at 13:58

Piwik is a good choice (better than awstats, in my opinion)

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unfortunately their website does not seem to work at the moment. – Evgeny Sep 19 '12 at 11:27
it's working fine now. – endyourif Sep 24 '12 at 13:47
This is the right link for "Log Analyzer" feature of Piwik: piwik.org/log-analytics – NickT Feb 5 '13 at 8:28

This might seem like a bit of overkill, but Splunk offers web log analyzing and much, much more.

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If you're looking for an offline analyzer, I quite like Sawmill:


It analyses all sorts of logs, including apache. Has a free trial period.

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ChartBeat a very interesting service, it is actually much more than log analyst - more like a view of the buzz your blog creates, in real-time. Another tool that shows real-time Apache log streams I found, called A Live Log.

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