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Original author(s)Laurent Destailleur
Initial releaseMay 2, 2000; 23 years ago (2000-05-02)
Stable release
7.9[1]Edit this on Wikidata / 17 January 2023; 13 months ago (17 January 2023)
Written inPerl
Operating systemCross-platform
TypeWeb analytics
LicenseGNU General Public License

AWStats (Advanced Web Statistics) is an open source Web analytics reporting tool, suitable for analyzing data from Internet services such as web, streaming media, mail, and FTP servers. AWStats parses and analyzes server log files, producing HTML reports. Data is visually presented within reports by tables and bar graphs. Static reports can be created through a command line interface, and on-demand reporting is supported through a Web browser CGI program.[2]

AWStats supports most major web server log file formats including Apache (NCSA combined/XLF/ELF log format or Common Log Format (CLF)), WebStar, IIS (W3C log format), and many other common web server log formats.

Development was moved from SourceForge to GitHub in 2014.[3]

Cross-platform availability[edit]

Written in Perl, AWStats can be deployed on almost any operating system. It is a server-based website log analysis tool, with packages available for most Linux distributions. AWStats can be installed on a workstation, such as Microsoft Windows, for local use in situations where log files can be downloaded from a remote server.[2]


AWStats is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).[4]


Proper web log analysis tool configuration and report interpretation requires a bit of technical and business knowledge. AWStats support resources include documentation[5] and user community forums[6]

Security considerations[edit]

The on-demand CGI program has been the object of security exploits, as is the case of many CGI programs. Organizations wishing to provide public access to their Web analytics reports should consider generating static HTML reports. The on-demand facility can still be used by restricting its use to internal users. Precautions should be taken against referrer spam. Referrer spam filtering functionality was added in version 6.5.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Release 7.9". 17 January 2023. Retrieved 6 February 2023.
  2. ^ a b "Awstats: static generated reports of web logs". CALOMEL. 2012-03-21. Archived from the original on 2015-03-17. Retrieved 2015-02-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "Source move announcement by AWStats author".
  4. ^ "AWStats License / Copyright". AWStats. 2012-03-21. Archived from the original on 2015-02-09. Retrieved 2015-02-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "AWStats logfile analyzer 7.4 Documentation". AWStats. Retrieved 2015-02-12.
  6. ^ "AWStats (forum)". Source Forge. Retrieved 2015-02-12.
  7. ^ "SkipReferrersBlackList: Version: 6.5+". AWStats. Retrieved 2015-02-12.

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