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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

Most 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 - 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 Main web name
$date - date of last visit
$time - time of last visit (GMT)
$ago - how long ago
$ip - 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 19 days ago (2018-02-27 08:49) Last seen 3 weeks ago (2012-11-03 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 |"
JosephineWanjiku 2018-03-16
VictorGitauKamau 2018-03-16
SamsonOkoth 2018-03-16
JamesMwaura 2018-03-15
MichaelOkech 2018-03-15

NielsBohr 2012-02-03
KlausFuchs 2012-02-03
AlbertEinstein 2012-02-02
EnricoFermi 2012-01-19
DavidBohm 2011-11-27

Example: Show recent visitors with geolocation

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

You type You get (if installed) Simulated example
| *Name* | *Last seen* | *Where* |
 format="| $wikiusername | $ago ago
 | $percntGEOLOOKUP{$ip}$percnt |"
Name Last seen Where
JosephineWanjiku 2 days ago %GEOLOOKUP{}%
VictorGitauKamau 2 days ago %GEOLOOKUP{}%
SamsonOkoth 2 days ago %GEOLOOKUP{}%
JamesMwaura 3 days ago %GEOLOOKUP{}%
MichaelOkech 3 days ago %GEOLOOKUP{}%

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 in your twiki installation directory. Content:
      File: Description:
      data/TWiki/RecentVisitorPlugin.txt Plugin topic
      lib/TWiki/Plugins/ 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,
Copyright: © 2011-2012 TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny
© 2011-2012 TWiki:TWiki.TWikiContributor
License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
Plugin Version: 2012-11-22
Change History:  
2012-11-22: TWikibug:Item7020: Categorize RECENTVISITOR TWiki Variable; doc enhancements
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%, RecentVisitorPlugin nn%
Plugin Home:

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

Topic revision: r2 - 27 Jan 2017 - TWikiAdminUser
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