Plugin to create fake visits, websites, users and goals. This can be used by Matomo users or developers as an easy way to generate fake data to populate Matomo reports.
You can overwrite the log files that are used to generate fake visits in plugins/VisitorGenerator/data or add new logs to the
data directory. All files ending with
*.log will be replayed.
Plugin developers can provide their own log files by placing '*.log' files within a 'data' directory of their plugin. This way plugin developers make sure there will be always useful test data.
The plugin adds a new item to the Matomo admin UI visible only for users having Super User access under the section "Development". There you can select a site and for how many days in the past you want to generate new visits.
Note: you need to first enable the Development mode in Matomo. In the root directory of your Matomo install, run the following command to enable development mode:
It also adds the following commands to the Matomo CLI tool:
./console visitorgenerator:generate-annotation --idsite 5generate one annotation for the current day for site with id 5
./console visitorgenerator:generate-goals --idsite 5generates some predefined goals for site with id 5
./console visitorgenerator:generate-users --limit 100generates 100 users
./console visitorgenerator:generate-websites --limit 100generates 100 websites
./console visitorgenerator:generate-visits --idsite 5generates many visits for site with id 5 for today
./console visitorgenerator:generate-visits --idsite 5 --days 2generates many visits for site with id 5 for today and yesterday
./console visitorgenerator:anonymize-log /path/to/logtakes an Apache log file, anonymizes it and places it in a data directory so it will be replayed the next time "generate-visits" is executed
./console visitorgenerator:shorten-log /path/to/file.log > file.short.logtakes a large Apache log file and keeps only a small number of logs per day
./console visitorgenerator:generate-visits --idsite 5 --custom-matomo-url=http://example.com/Uses 'http://example.com/' as Matomo-URL and generates many visits for site with id 5 for today
VisitorGenerator makes a lot of requests to the Matomo tracking API to send the visits, so if your server blocks requests based on rules (e.g. with mod_security), you might want to create an exception rule for VisitorGenerator.