March 30, 2016
3 min read

Google Analytics for REST APIs

Google Analytics provides great real-time and historical reports for websites and with WSO2 API Cloud you can easily get it them to report your REST API usage as well. To do that you simply have to: 1. Create a tracking ID in Google Analytics, 2. Configure WSO2 API Cloud to report to Google Analytics and provide the ID, 3. See real-time and historical API usage reports. Let's go through all of these steps in details. 1. Create a tracking ID in Google Analytics This is not really specific to WSO2 API Cloud in any way. You basically create a Google Analytics account like you normally would: 1. Go to and log in or sign-up, 2. Click the Admin tab: Admin menu in Google Analytics 3. From the ACCOUNTS dropdown, select Create new account: Create new Google Analytics account 4. Provide the name of the account and site as you see fit. For the Website URL, either provide the custom URL you have configured in API Cloud or just if you have not done so: Setting up Google Analytics account 5. Click the Get Tracking ID button, accept terms and conditions, and Google Analytics will get you to the Tracking ID page of the new account. Right at the top of the page it will have the ID that you need. It will look like: UA-12345678-9. 2. Hook up WSO2 API Cloud and Google Analytics 1. From your API Publisher view, copy your domain-qualified ID that is displayed in the top-right corner: Copy domain-qualified WSO2 Cloud username 2. Go to advanced Gateway admin console at:, 3. Sign in with the domain-qualified name you got in step 1 and your regular password: Gateway sign-in 4. In the left-hand pane, click Resources / Browse, 5. Browse to /_system/governance/apimgt/statistics/ga-config.xml: Resources Browse to GA analytics configuration 6. Click Edit as text: Edit as text 7. Change false to true, copy and paste the TrackingID that you got when setting up the Google Analytics account, and click Save Content: Editing Google Analytics config That is it. Now all API calls for your APIs get registered in Google Analytics. 3. Enjoy Google Analytics reports for APIs: Once the configuration changes go into effect, your usage data will start showing up in Google Analytics reports. Real-Time report shows subscribers invoking your API right now: Real-time Google Analytics API report Behavior reports can show trends over time, popular REST paths and so on: Behavior Overview Google Analytics report for APIs And of course, you can use various Google Analytics functionality to work with trends, grouping, custom reports, filtering and so on. Try it today in WSO2 API Cloud!