It’s fairly easy to find the top SaaS analytics tools. Just search Google for “analytics tools,” and you’ll be presented with some well-placed, high-cost ads pointing you in the right direction.
Finding open source analytics tools isn’t quite as easy. You can go to GitHub and look for repos tagged as “analytics,” but this can be a flawed strategy because:
To help, we’ve rounded up the top open source analytics tools. We will break down what they do well and also highlight any weak spots they might have.
The rankings here are partly due to overall popularity—the most starred and forked open source analytics tools on GitHub. But we’ve also included some that are of real interest but aren’t yet in widespread use. These are the tools we think will become ever more important in the open source analytics ecosystem in 2021.
What’s not covered here is Google Analytics-specific competitors: Matomo, Plausible, Koko, and Offen. They are great for their specific use cases, but if you are just starting to use open source analytics tools, it makes more sense to do so completely, breaking free of all your packaged tools.