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Piwik Platform Changelog

This is a changelog for Piwik platform developers. All changes for our HTTP API’s, Plugins, Themes, etc will be listed here.

Piwik 2.7.0

Reporting APIs

  • Several APIs will now expose a new metric nb_users which measures the number of unique users when a User ID is set.
  • New APIs have been added for Content Tracking feature: Contents.getContentNames, Contents.getContentPieces


  • The Piwik\Menu\MenuAbstract::add() method is deprecated in favor of addItem(). Read more about this here: #6140. We do not plan to remove the deprecated method before Piwik 3.0.

New APIs

New commands

  • core:clear-caches Lets you easily delete all caches. This command can be useful for instance after updating Piwik files manually.

Piwik 2.6.0


  • The 'json' API format is considered deprecated. We ask all new code to use the 'json2' format. Eventually when Piwik 3.0 is released the 'json' format will be replaced with 'json2'. Differences in the json2 format include:
    • A bug in JSON formatting was fixed so API methods that return simple associative arrays like array('name' => 'value', 'name2' => 'value2') will now appear correctly as {"name":"value","name2":"value2"} in JSON API output instead of [{"name":"value","name2":"value2"}]. API methods like SitesManager.getSiteFromId & UsersManager.getUser are affected.

Reporting API

  • If an API returns an indexed array, it is now possible to use filter_limit and filter_offset. This was before only possible if an API returned a DataTable.
  • The Live API now returns only visitor information of activated plugins. So if for instance the Referrers plugin is deactivated a visitor won’t contain any referrers related properties. This is a bugfix as the API was crashing before if some core plugins were deactivated. Affected methods are for instance getLastVisitDetails or getVisitorProfile. If all core plugins are enabled as by default there will be no change at all except the order of the properties within one visitor.

New commands

  • core:run-scheduled-tasks Let’s you run all scheduled tasks due to run at this time. Useful for instance when testing tasks.

Internal change

  • We removed our own autoloader that was used to load Piwik files in favor of the composer autoloader which we already have been using for some libraries. This means the file core/Loader.php will no longer exist. In case you are using Piwik from Git make sure to run php composer.phar self-update && php composer.phar install to make your Piwik work again. Also make sure to no longer include core/Loader.php in case it is used in any custom script.
  • We do no longer store the list of plugins that are used during tracking in the config file. They are dynamically detect instead. The detection of a tracker plugin works the same as before. A plugin has to either listen to any Tracker.* or Request.initAuthenticationObject event or it has to define dimensions in order to be detected as a tracker plugin.

Piwik 2.5.0

Breaking Changes

  • Javascript Tracking API: if you are using getCustomVariable function to access custom variables values that were set on previous page views, you now must also call storeCustomVariablesInCookie before the first call to trackPageView. Read more about Javascript Tracking here.
  • The settings API will receive the actual entered value and will no longer convert characters like & to &. If you still want this behavior - for instance to prevent XSS - you can define a filter by setting the transform property like this: $setting->transform = function ($value) { return Common::sanitizeInputValue($value); }
  • Config setting disable_merged_assets moved from Debug section to Development. The updater will automatically change the section for you.
  • API.getRowEvolution will throw an exception if a report is requested that does not have a dimension, for instance VisitsSummary.get. This is a fix as an invalid format was returned before see #5951
  • MultiSites.getAll returns from now on always an array of websites. In the past it returned a single object and it didn’t contain all properties in case only one website was found which was a bug see #5987


The following events are considered as deprecated and the new structure should be used in the future. We have not scheduled when those events will be removed but probably in Piwik 3.0 which is not scheduled yet and won’t be soon. New features will be added only to the new classes.

  • API.getReportMetadata, API.getSegmentDimensionMetadata, Goals.getReportsWithGoalMetrics, ViewDataTable.configure, ViewDataTable.getDefaultType: use Report class instead to define new reports. There is an updated guide as well Part1
  • WidgetsList.addWidgets: use Widgets class instead to define new widgets
  • Menu.Admin.addItems, Menu.Reporting.addItems, Menu.Top.addItems: use Menu class instead
  • TaskScheduler.getScheduledTasks: use Tasks class instead to define new tasks
  • Tracker.recordEcommerceGoal, Tracker.recordStandardGoals, Tracker.newConversionInformation: use Conversion Dimension class instead
  • Tracker.existingVisitInformation, Tracker.newVisitorInformation, Tracker.getVisitFieldsToPersist: use Visit Dimension class instead
  • ViewDataTable.addViewDataTable: This event is no longer needed. Visualizations are automatically discovered if they are placed within a Visualizations directory inside the plugin.

New features

As a plugin developer you might want to reuse existing translation keys. You can now find all available translations and translation keys by opening the page “Settings => Development:Translation search” in your Piwik installation. Read more about internationalization here.

Reporting API

It is now possible to use the filter_sort_column parameter when requesting Live.getLastVisitDetails. For instance &filter_sort_column=visitCount.

@since annotation

We are using @since annotations in case we are introducing new API’s to make it easy to see in which Piwik version a new method was added. This information is now displayed in the Classes API-Reference.

New APIs

  • Report to add a new report
  • Action Dimension to add a dimension that tracks action related information
  • Visit Dimension to add a dimension that tracks visit related information
  • Conversion Dimension to add a dimension that tracks conversion related information
  • Dimension to add a basic non tracking dimension that can be used in Reports
  • Widgets to add or modfiy widgets
  • These Menu classes got new methods that make it easier to add new items to a specific section
  • Tasks to add scheduled tasks

New commands

  • generate:theme Let’s you easily generate a new theme and customize colors, see the Theming guide
  • generate:update Let’s you generate an update file
  • generate:report Let’s you generate a report
  • generate:dimension Let’s you enhance the tracking by adding new dimensions
  • generate:menu Let’s you generate a menu class to add or modify menu items
  • generate:widgets Let’s you generate a widgets class to add or modify widgets
  • generate:tasks Let’s you generate a tasks class to add or modify tasks
  • development:enable Let’s you enable the development mode which will will disable some caching to make code changes directly visible and it will assist developers by performing additional checks to prevent for instance typos. Should not be used in production.
  • development:disable Let’s you disable the development mode