Goatcounter is an open source web analytics platform available as a free, donation-supported hosted service or self-hosted app.

It aims to offer easy to use and meaningful privacy-friendly web analytics as an alternative to Google Analytics or Matomo.


For this guide you should be familiar with the basic concepts of


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The host domain and a subdomain for goatcounter need to be setup:

[isabell@stardust ~]$ uberspace web domain list
[isabell@stardust ~]$ uberspace web backend set goatcounter.isabell.uber.space/ --http --port 1235
[isabell@stardust ~]$

If you don’t have a goatcounter.* subdomain, add it via uberspace web domain add goatcounter.isabell.uber.space.


Check the goatcounter releases page for the most recent Linux AMD64 download:


Create a folder and download goatcounter:

[isabell@stardust ~]$ mkdir ~/goatcounter
[isabell@stardust ~]$ cd ~/goatcounter
[isabell@stardust ~]$ wget https://github.com/arp242/goatcounter/releases/download/v2.5.0/goatcounter-v2.5.0-linux-amd64.gz
[isabell@stardust ~]$ gzip -d goatcounter-v2.5.0-linux-amd64.gz
[isabell@stardust ~]$ mv goatcounter-v2.5.0-linux-amd64 goatcounter
[isabell@stardust ~]$ chmod +x goatcounter
[isabell@stardust ~]$


Create database

[isabell@stardust ~]$ ./goatcounter db create site -createdb -vhost goatcounter.isabell.uber.space -user.email <user>@uber.space

Make sure to use your own domain and email address. You will be asked to enter a password for the specified user which will be used to access the webpage later.


Run ./goatcounter  serve -listen :1235 -tls http to test your installation by accessing https://goatcounter.isabell.uber.space

Setup daemon

Create ~/etc/services.d/goatcounter.ini with the following content:

command = %(ENV_HOME)s/goatcounter/goatcounter serve -listen :1235 -tls http -db sqlite+%(ENV_HOME)s/goatcounter/db/goatcounter.sqlite3
autostart = true
autorestart = true

After creating the configuration, tell supervisord to refresh its configuration and start the service:

[isabell@stardust ~]$ supervisorctl reread
SERVICE: available
[isabell@stardust ~]$ supervisorctl update
SERVICE: added process group
[isabell@stardust ~]$ supervisorctl status
SERVICE                            RUNNING   pid 26020, uptime 0:03:14
[isabell@stardust ~]$

If it’s not in state RUNNING, check your configuration.

Configure web server

Finishing installation

Now you can include Goatcounter (for details have a look into the Help menu of your installation).



Check for updates regularly to stay informed about the newest version.

When an update is available download a new release from the release page and follow the update instructions on the goatcounter-github.

[isabell@stardust ~]$ pip3 install --user --upgrade isso

Tested with Goatcounter 2.5.0 and Uberspace 7.15.4

Written by: Lomion0815