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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    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 '16 at 19:02
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    I disagree with the policy of banning all opinion based questions. In many cases an opinion is valuable information, especially if the writer has used more than one product. Rather than ban them, opinion based questions should be flagged as such, and answers held to a different standard. Nov 25 '16 at 14:19

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

GoAccess main scrollable dashboard

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    Nice... CentOS even has it in its default repo.
    – user40589
    Oct 31 '16 at 1:39
  • it would be great it you could share the centos repo! Jun 27 '17 at 7:45

AWStats is a good open source solution.

Also see http://www.awstats.org and https://github.com/eldy/awstats

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

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


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


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

  • didn't know urchin could analyze logs -- but it can! this is great!
    – Evgeny
    Nov 2 '10 at 15:56
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    only downside is that it costs a fortune :/
    – Evgeny
    Nov 2 '10 at 15:58
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    Urchin has been discontinued. May 4 '12 at 18:49
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    This is the new alternative to Urchin (open source!) piwik.org/log-analytics
    – NickT
    Oct 23 '13 at 2:21
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    @zylstra Because of course they did. :) Mar 21 '18 at 9:47

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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    You have to pay for this...
    – stephen
    Jan 5 '17 at 7:42

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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