Chartbeat – traffic analysis

Chartbeat provides real-time analytics to websites and blogs. It shows visitors, load times, and referring sites on a minute-by-minute basis. The service also provides alerts the second your website crashes or slows to a crawl.


To start using the Chartbeat integration, you must have installed the django-analytical package and have added the analytical application to INSTALLED_APPS in your project file. See Installation and configuration for details.

Next you need to add the Chartbeat template tags to your templates. This step is only needed if you are not using the generic analytical.* tags. If you are, skip to Configuration.

The Chartbeat tracking code is inserted into templates using template tags. At the top of the template, load the chartbeat template tag library. Then insert the chartbeat_top tag at the top of the head section, and the chartbeat_bottom tag at the bottom of the body section:

{% load chartbeat %}
{% chartbeat_top %}


{% chartbeat_bottom %}

Because these tags are used to measure page loading time, it is important to place them as close as possible to the start and end of the document.


Before you can use the Chartbeat integration, you must first set your User ID.

Setting the User ID

Your Chartbeat account has a unique User ID. You can find your User ID by visiting the Chartbeat Add New Site page. The second code snippet contains a line that looks like this:

var _sf_async_config={uid:XXXXX,domain:"YYYYYYYYYY"};

Here, XXXXX is your User ID. Set CHARTBEAT_USER_ID in the project file:


If you do not set a User ID, the tracking code will not be rendered.

Internal IP addresses

Usually you do not want to track clicks from your development or internal IP addresses. By default, if the tags detect that the client comes from any address in the CHARTBEAT_INTERNAL_IPS setting, the tracking code is commented out. It takes the value of ANALYTICAL_INTERNAL_IPS by default (which in turn is INTERNAL_IPS by default). See Identifying authenticated users for important information about detecting the visitor IP address.

Setting the domain

The Javascript tracking code can send the website domain to Chartbeat. If you use multiple subdomains this enables you to treat them as one website in Chartbeat. If your project uses the sites framework, the domain name of the current Site will be passed to Chartbeat automatically. You can modify this behavior using the CHARTBEAT_AUTO_DOMAIN setting:


Alternatively, you set the domain through the chartbeat_domain context variable when you render the template:

context = RequestContext({'chartbeat_domain': ''})
return some_template.render(context)

It is annoying to do this for every view, so you may want to set it in a context processor that you add to the TEMPLATE_CONTEXT_PROCESSORS list in

def chartbeat(request):
    return {'chartbeat_domain': ''}

The context domain overrides the domain from the current site. If no domain is set, either explicitly or implicitly through the sites framework, then no domain is sent, and Chartbeat will detect the domain name from the URL. If your website uses just one domain, this will work just fine.

Thanks go to Chartbeat for their support with the development of this application.