When you use Piwik, you own your web analytics data. All the data is stored in your database, and you can access it via the Piwik API (see an example of how to use the API).

Some Piwik users are making interesting use of the API. We recently heard of two different projects that show your web analytics reports in an Adobe AIR interface for slick reporting, on your desktop.

1) Desktop Web Analytics project (official website)

Benoit Pouzet, a french Piwik user, has built a (beta) Desktop Web Analytics – for Piwik. He has integrated nearly all the available reports in the UI!

He has also built new features like showing a world map of where your visitors are from:

The application calls the API to load the data in XML, and then processes it using the Adobe AIR framework. The result is a slick and new way of quickly checking your analytics. The app also handles several websites just like Piwik. You can install it in one click, it will add a shortcut on your desktop, and try it using the default profile loading data from the Piwik demo.

Good luck to Benoit for Desktop Web Analytics – for Piwik! See the website for more screenshots and information.

2) Piwik Connector (official website)

Tino Goetz has written a more simple AIR app, that lets you quickly visualize how many visitors come to all your Piwik websites, per hour, day. You can download the app on the website piwik connector.

Good luck to both Benoit and Tino for improving their Piwik AIR apps!


Matthieu Aubry

While studying in India in 2006, Matthieu had the idea of creating an open source web analytics alternative to Google Analytics. In 2007 he released the first public beta version of Piwik. Matthieu now leads the project from New Zealand, where he likes to spend his days coding new features from the Piwik Roadmap, and helping users and customers use Piwik effectively. Find him on twitter or github.