What is AWSTATs and How to use AWSTATs ?

What is Awstats and How to use AWStats?

What is AWStats?

AWStats is a free powerful and featureful tool that generates advanced web, streaming, ftp or mail server statistics, graphically. This log analyzer works as a CGI or from the command line and shows you all possible information your log contains, in few graphical web pages. It uses a partial information file to be able to process large log files, often and quickly. It can analyze log files from all major server tools like Apache log files (NCSA combined/XLF/ELF log format or common/CLF log format), WebStar, IIS (W3C log format) and a lot of other webs, proxy, wap, streaming servers, mail servers and some FTP servers.
Take a look at this comparison table for an idea on features and differences between most famous statistics tools (AWStats, Analog, Webalizer,…).
AWStats is a free software distributed under the GNU General Public License. You can have a look at this license chart to know what you can/can’t do.
As AWStats works from the command line but also as a CGI, it can work with all web hosting providers which allow Perl, CGI and log access.

Requirements to install Awstats

Perl 5.007003 or higher required to run AWStats 6.9 or higher
Check you installed Perl version

perl -v

How to install Awstats

Installation process of Awstats

yum install awstats

Now configure it with website for analysis

Edit file

Take a backup of configuration file then continue further

vim /etc/httpd/conf.d/awstats.conf

<Directory "/usr/share/awstats/wwwroot">
Options None
AllowOverride None
<IfModule mod_authz_core.c>
# Apache 2.4
Require ip
<IfModule !mod_authz_core.c>
# Apache 2.2
Order allow,deny
Allow from
Allow from


Restart the web server

sudo service httpd restart


sudo cp /etc/awstats/awstats.localhost.localdomain.conf etc/awstats/awstats.example.com.conf

Now make some changes in

sudo vim /etc/awstats/awstats.techouse.co.in.com.conf

Edit these lines

# Change to Apache log file, by default it's /var/log/apache2/access.log

# Change to the website domain name


HostAliases="www.techouse.co.in localhost"

HostAliases="www.techouse.co.in localhost"

# When this parameter is set to 1, AWStats adds a button on report page to allow to "update" statistics from a web browser

Restart the web server

service httpd restart

How to create report manually and also update it manually?

I am going to create techouse.html file manually which will show the website report


This will check updated logs

sudo /usr/share/awstats/wwwroot/cgi-bin/awstats.pl -config=techouse.co.in -update

This will create file on the mentioned path

/usr/share/awstats/wwwroot/cgi-bin/awstats.pl -config=$file.com -output -staticlink > /home/awstats/$user.html

Give appropriate permission accordingly

chown user:user techouse.co.in.html


This is the script which will automatically do all these manual steps

echo "config filename , Enter the filename that you have created /etc/awstats/techouse.co.in.com.conf"
read file
echo "enter the username"
read user
sudo /usr/share/awstats/wwwroot/cgi-bin/awstats.pl -config=$file.com -update

/usr/share/awstats/wwwroot/cgi-bin/awstats.pl -config=$file.com -output -staticlink > /home/awstats/$user.html
chown $user:$user /home/awstats/$user.html


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