How to Install AwStats on Ubuntu Linux

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AWStats is a free tool to generate advanced graphics for web, FTP, or mail servers with a logfile analysis for Apache2, IIS, and other servers.

AWStats uses log file analysis to analyze log files from Apache2, IIS, and other popular web servers in use today. It’s a very handy tool to have when you have to analyze your traffic and other data.

A complete enterprise-grade server and log monitoring software.

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install and configure the AWStats monitoring server on Ubuntu 16.04 | 17.10 | 18.04 LTS servers.

This post will show you how to perform a basic configuration after installation. You’ll also be able to log on to the AWStats server once installed.

For more about AWStats, please visit its homepage.

When you’re ready, continue below with the steps:

Install Apache2

Before installing AWStats server packages, make sure the Apache2 HTTP server is installed. to do that on Ubuntu run the commands below.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install apache2

Install AWStats

To install AWStats on the Ubuntu server, simply run the commands below. the command will fetch the current stable AWStats version in Ubuntu repositories and install it.

sudo apt install awstats

Configure AWStats

Now that AWStats has been installed, run the commands below to open its default configuration file.

sudo nano /etc/awstats/awstats.conf

Then change the highlighted lines below to add your server name and save the file.

# Examples for Apache combined logs (following two examples are equivalent):
# LogFormat = 1
# LogFormat = "%host %other %logname %time1 %methodurl %code %bytesd %refererqu$
# Example for IIS:
# LogFormat = 2
#
LogFormat=1

# But for multi hosting a better solution is to have one log file for each
# virtual web server. In this case, this parameter is only used to generate
# full URL's links when ShowLinksOnUrl option is set to 1.
# If analyzing mail log, enter here the domain name of mail server.
#
SiteDomain="example.com"

After that, run the commands below to create the AWStats web configuration file.

sudo cp /usr/share/doc/awstats/examples/apache.conf /etc/apache2/conf-available/awstats.conf

Next, run the commands below to open the configuration file you just created and make the highlighted changes below:

sudo nano /etc/apache2/conf-available/awstats.conf

Then make the highlighted changes and save the file.

# This provides worldwide access to everything below the directory
# Security concerns:
#  * Raw log processing data is accessible too for everyone
#  * The directory is by default writable by the httpd daemon, so if
#    any PHP, CGI or other script can be tricked into copying or
#    symlinking stuff here, you have a looking glass into your server,
#    and if stuff can be uploaded to here, you have a public warez site!
<Directory /var/lib/awstats>
        Options None
        AllowOverride None
        Order allow,deny
        Allow from all
</Directory>

# This provides worldwide access to everything below the directory
# Security concerns: none known
<Directory /usr/share/awstats/icon>
        Options None
        AllowOverride None
        Order allow,deny
        Allow from all
</Directory>
# This provides worldwide access to everything below the directory
# Security concerns: none known
<Directory /usr/share/java/awstats>
        Options FollowSymLinks
        AllowOverride None
        Order allow,deny
        Allow from all
</Directory>

# This provides worldwide access to everything in the directory
# Security concerns: none known
Alias /awstats-icon/ /usr/share/awstats/icon/

# This provides worldwide access to everything in the directory
# Security concerns: none known
Alias /awstatsclasses/ /usr/share/java/awstats

# This provides worldwide access to everything in the directory
# Security concerns: none known
Alias /awstatsclasses/ /usr/share/java/awstats

# This (hopefully) enables _all_ CGI scripts in the default directory
# Security concerns: Are you sure _all_ CGI scripts are safe?
ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ /usr/lib/cgi-bin/
Alias /awstatsclasses "/usr/share/awstats/lib/"
Alias /awstats-icon/ "/usr/share/awstats/icon/"
Alias /awstatscss "/usr/share/doc/awstats/examples/css"
ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ /usr/lib/cgi-bin/
ScriptAlias /awstats/ /usr/lib/cgi-bin/
Options +ExecCGI -MultiViews +SymLinksIfOwnerMatch

After that, run the commands below to enable the AWStats module.

sudo a2enconf awstats serve-cgi-bin
sudo a2enmod cgi

Next, restart Apache2 for the changes to apply.

sudo systemctl restart apache2

Finally, run the commands below to adjust AWStats permissions and update.

sudo sed -i -e "s/www-data/root/g" /etc/cron.d/awstats
sudo /usr/share/awstats/tools/update.sh

Finally, open your browser and browse to the server IP or hostname followed by the URI (/cgi-bin/Awstats.pl )

http://example.com/cgi-bin/awstats.pl

You should see the AWStats page.

AWStats ubuntu install

That’s it! You have successfully installed and configured AWStats on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 LTS server.

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