KISSS (Keep It Simple Stupid Stats) a.k.a kis3

I started to develop KISSS because I need a simple and privacy respecting method to collect visitor statistics of my website. I don’t need any fancy dashboard, but I want to get exactly the stats I need. I need something fast, that is able to run even on really low end hardware like a Raspberry Pi.

How to install

KISSS is really easy to install via Docker.

docker run -d --name kis3 -p 8080:8080 -v kis3:/app/data -v ${pwd}/config.json:/app/config.json kis3/kis3

Depending on your setup, replace -p 8080:8080 with your custom port configuration. KISSS listens to port 8080 by default, but you can also change this via the configuration.

To persist the data KISSS collects, you should mount a volume or a folder to /app/data. When mounting an folder, give writing permissions to UID 100, because it is a non-root image to make it more secure.

You should also mount a configuration file to /app/config.json.

Build from source

It’s also possible to use KISSS without Docker, but for that you need to compile it yourself. All you need to do so is installing go (follow the instruction or use to install the latest version on Linux - you need at least version 1.12) and execute the following command:

go get -u

After that there should be an executable with the name kis3 in $HOME/go/bin.


You can configure some settings using a config.json file in the working directory or provide a custom path to it using the -c CLI flag:

port (8080): Set the port to which KISSS should listen

dnt (true): Set whether or not KISSS should respect Do-Not-Track headers some browsers send

dbPath (data/kis3.db): Set the path for the SQLite database (relative to the working directory - in the Docker container it’s /app).

You can make the statistics private and only accessible with authentication by setting both statsUsername and statsPassword to a username and password. If only one or none is set, the statistics are accessible without authorization and public to anyone.

The configuration file can look like this:

  "port": 8080,
  "dnt": true,
  "dbPath": "data/kis3.db",
  "statsUsername": "myusername",
  "statsPassword": "mysecretpassword"

If you specify an environment variable (PORT, DNT, DB_PATH, STATS_USERNAME, STATS_PASSWORD), that will override the settings from the configuration file.

Add to website

You can add the KISSS tracker to any website by putting <script src="https://yourkis3domain.tld/kis3.js"></script> just before </body> in the HTML. Just replace yourkis3domain.tld with the correct address.

Requesting stats

You can request statistics via the /stats endpoint and specifying filters via query parameters (?view=hours&format=chart etc.). By combining this filters, you can exactly request the stats you want to get.

The following filters are available:

view: specify what data (and it’s view counts) gets displayed, you have the option between pages (tracked URLS), referrers (tracked refererrers - only hostnames e.g., useragents (tracked useragents with version - browsers or crawl bots with version), useragentnames (tracked useragents without version), hours / days / weeks / months (tracks grouped by hours / days / weeks / months), allhours / alldays (tracks grouped by hours / days including hours or days with zero visits, spanning from first to last track in selection), count (count all tracked views where filters apply)

from: start time of the selection in the format YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM, e.g. 2019-01 or 2019-01-01 01:00

to: end time of the selection

fromrel / torel: relative time from now for to or from (e.g -2h45m, valid time units are “ns”, “us” (or “µs”), “ms”, “s”, “m”, “h”

url: filter URLs containing the string provided, so word filters out all URLs that don’t contain word

ref: filter referrers containing the string provided, so word filters out all refferers that don’t contain word

ua: filter user agents containing the string provided, so Firefox filters out all user agents that don’t contain Firefox

ordercol: column to use for ordering, first for the data groups, second for the view counts

order: select whether to use ascending order (ASC) or descending order (DESC)

limit: limit the number of rows returned

format: the format to represent the data, default is plain for a simple plain text list, json for a JSON response or chart for a chart generated with ChartJS in the browser

Daily reports

KISSS has a feature that can send you daily reports. It basically requests the statistics and sends the response via your preferred communication channel (mail or Telegram). You can configure it by adding report configurations to the configuration file:

  // Other configurations...
  "reports": [
      "name": "Daily stats from KISSS",
      "time": "15:00",
      "query": "view=pages&ordercol=second&order=desc",
      "from": "myemailaddress@mydomain.tld",
      "to": "myemailaddress@mydomain.tld",
      "smtpHost": "mail.mydomain.tld:587",
      "smtpUser": "myemailaddress@mydomain.tld",
      "smtpPassword": "mysecretpassword"
      "name": "Daily stats from KISSS",
      "time": "15:00",
      "query": "view=pages&ordercol=second&order=desc",
      "tgBotToken": "TelegramBotToken",
      "tgUserId": 123456
      // Additional reports...

To use Telegram for reports, create a bot with the Bot Father and request your user id from @userinfobot.


KISSS is licensed under the MIT license, so you can do basically everything with it, but nevertheless, please contribute your improvements to make KISSS better for everyone. See the LICENSE.txt file.