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Show statistics of recent visitors to the TWiki site


This plugin shows statistics of recent visitors to a TWiki site. The time of last visit and the IP address used can be shown of individual users. The recent report shows latest visitors in chronological order.

Syntax Rules

Recent visit of an individual

%RECENTVISITOR{ action="user" ... }%

Parameter Description Default
"user" or
Show statistics of individual user. (none)
name="..." WikiName of person (current user)
format="..." Format of report. Supported tokens:
$date - date of last visit
$time - time of last visit (GMT)
$ago - how long ago - IP address (only shown to non-administrators if enabled in configure)
$n, $nop, $quot, $percnt, $dollar - standard FormatTokens
"Last seen $ago ago"
notfound="..." Message shown if user is not found. "Never seen"

Report of recent visitors

%RECENTVISITOR{ action="recent" ... }%

Parameter Description Default
"recent" or
Show statistics of most recent visitors. (none)
format="..." Format of each line of the report. Supported tokens:
$username - login name of user
$wikiname - WikiName of user
$wikusername - WikiName prefixed with Public web name
$date - date of last visit
$time - time of last visit (GMT)
$ago - how long ago - IP address (only shown to non-administrators if enabled in configure)
$n, $nop, $quot, $percnt, $dollar - standard FormatTokens
"   * $wikiusername
      last seen $ago ago"
separator="..." Separator between lines. Standard FormatTokens are expanded. "$n" (newline)
limit="..." Limit the number of lines. "10"

See also VarRECENTVISITOR documentation for TWikiVariables.


Example: Show most recent visit of TWikiAdminUser

You type You get (if installed) Simulated example
 format="Last seen $ago ago ($date 
Last seen 141 months ago (2012-10-03 18:15) Last seen 3 weeks ago (2011-02-03 06:22)

Example: Show recent visitors, default bullet list report

You type You get (if installed) Simulated example

Example: Show recent visitors, table report

You type You get (if installed) Simulated example
 format="| $wikiusername | $date |"
TomCraneAdmin 2024-05-17
FrancescaPastore 2024-05-17
PaoloFranchini 2024-05-17
GillGreen 2024-05-17
BarryGreen 2024-05-17

NielsBohr 2011-02-03
KlausFuchs 2011-02-03
AlbertEinstein 2011-02-02
EnricoFermi 2011-01-19
DavidBohm 2010-11-27

Example: Show recent visitors with geolocation

This example uses the TWiki:Plugins.GeoLookupPlugin to resolve IP addresses to geolocations.

IDEA! Changed $ip$ to to get TWiki:Plugins.GeoLookupPlugin to work -- T.Crane, Tue Oct 17 17:45:25 BST 2017.

You type You get (if installed) Simulated example
| *Name* | *Last seen* | *Where* |
 format="| $wikiusername | $ago ago
 | $percntGEOLOOKUP{%REMOTE_ADDR%}$percnt |"
Name Last seen Where
TomCraneAdmin 22 hours ago San Diego, CA, USA
FrancescaPastore 1 day ago San Diego, CA, USA
PaoloFranchini 1 day ago San Diego, CA, USA
GillGreen 1 day ago San Diego, CA, USA
BarryGreen 1 day ago San Diego, CA, USA

Name Last seen Where
NielsBohr moments ago Oak Ridge, TN, USA
KlausFuchs 3 hours ago Cupertino, CA, USA
AlbertEinstein 1 day ago Oak Ridge, TN, USA
EnricoFermi 15 days ago Los Alamos, TN, USA
DavidBohm 2 month ago Los Alamos, NM, USA

Plugin Installation & Configuration

Note: You do not need to install anything on the browser to use this plugin. The following instructions are for the administrator who installs the plugin on the TWiki server.

  • For an automated installation, run the configure script and follow "Find More Extensions" in the in the Extensions section.

  • Or, follow these manual installation steps:
    • Download the ZIP file from the Plugins home (see below).
    • Unzip RecentVisitorPluginTest.zip in your twiki installation directory. Content:
      File: Description:
      data/TWiki/RecentVisitorPluginTest.txt Plugin topic
      lib/TWiki/Plugins/RecentVisitorPluginTest.pm Plugin Perl module
    • Set the ownership of the extracted directories and files to the webserver user.
    • Install the dependencies (if any).

  • Plugin configuration and testing:
    • Run the configure script and enable the plugin in the Plugins section.
    • Configure additional plugin settings in the Extensions section if needed:
      $TWiki::cfg{Plugins}{RecentVisitorPlugin}{Debug} = 0;      # debug flag, 0 or 1
      $TWiki::cfg{Plugins}{RecentVisitorPlugin}{ShowIP} = 0;     # show IP address, 0 or 1
      $TWiki::cfg{Plugins}{RecentVisitorPlugin}{OnlyAdmins} = 0; # show reports to administrators only, 0 or 1
    • Test if the installation was successful: See example above.

Plugin Info

  • One line description, is shown in the TextFormattingRules topic:
    • Set SHORTDESCRIPTION = Show statistics of recent visitors to the TWiki site

Plugin Author: TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny, Twiki, Inc.
Copyright: © 2011 TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny
© 2011 TWiki:TWiki.TWikiContributor
License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
Plugin Version: 2011-06-06
Change History:  
2011-06-06: TWikibug:Item6725: Plugins: Change global package variables from "use vars" to "our" -- TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny
2011-05-14: TWikibug:Item6701: Small fix in Config.spec -- TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny
2011-05-01: TWikibug:Item6701: Fix small warning issue if plugin is run by a shell script
2011-02-03: TWikibug:Item6646: Initial version
TWiki Dependency: $TWiki::Plugins::VERSION 1.1
CPAN Dependencies: none
Other Dependencies: none
Perl Version: 5.005
TWiki:Plugins.Benchmark: GoodStyle nn%, FormattedSearch nn%, RecentVisitorPluginTest nn%
Plugin Home: http://TWiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Plugins/RecentVisitorPlugin
Feedback: http://TWiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Plugins/RecentVisitorPluginDev
Appraisal: http://TWiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Plugins/RecentVisitorPluginAppraisal

Related Topics: VarRECENTVISITOR, TWikiPlugins, DeveloperDocumentationCategory, AdminDocumentationCategory, TWikiPreferences

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