AWStats is a free and very powerful tool that creating statics by analyzing Apache log files, ftp or mail servers. AWStats log analyzer works on CGI or command line interface and generate graphical statics from log files.
This how to guide will help you to install and configure AWStats(Apache Log Analyzer) on CentOS, RHEL and Fedora systems. This article has been tested on CentOS 6.5 only.
Step 1: Setup EPEL Repository
Install EPEL repository using below commands on RHEL/CentOS Systems.
CentOS/RHEL 6:
# rpm -Uvh http://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/x86_64/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm
CentOS/RHEL 5:
# rpm -Uvh http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/5/x86_64/epel-release-5-4.noarch.rpm
Step 2: Install Apache Web Server
AWStats required Apache web server to be running. If you don’t have Apache install Use below commands else you already have httpd installed skip this step.
# yum install httpd
# chkconfig httpd on
# service httpd start
Step 3: Install AWStats Package
After installing web server, Let’s install AWStats package using yum. Its will also install all other required dependencies.
# yum install awstats
Step 4: Configure Apache for AWStats
By default AWStats creates an Apache configuration file /etc/httpd/conf.d/awstats.conf. Default configuration is ok to use except allow from access. If you need to access awstats from network, update the allow from ip with your system or network ip from where we need to access it.
# vim /etc/httpd/conf.d/awstats.conf
Alias /awstats/icon/ /var/www/awstats/icon/
ScriptAlias /awstats/ /var/www/awstats/
DirectoryIndex awstats.pl
<Directory "/var/www/awstats/"> Options ExecCGI
allow from
order deny,allow deny from all allow from
#Alias /js/ /var/www/awstats/js/
#Alias /css/ /var/www/awstats/css/
Restart Apache service to reload new settings
# service httpd restart
Step 5: Create AWStats Configuration File
Its required to create an configuration file for each of your website for which statics need to generate. Copy AWStats example configuration file with new name and make changes as below.
# cp /etc/awstats/awstats.localhost.localdomain.conf /etc/awstats/awstats.tecadmin.net.conf
# vim /etc/awstats/awstats.tecadmin.net.conf
Update below settings in awstats.tecadmin.net.conf file
HostAliases="tecadmin.net www.tecadmin.net"
Step 6: Set Up Cron to Update Logs
Schedule a cron job to regularly update AWStats database using newly created log entries. Add new cron job in crontab like below. Read examples of cron scheduling
 0 2 * * * /usr/bin/perl /var/www/awstats/awstats.pl -config=tecadmin.net -update
Step 7: Access AWStats in Browser
Use your server ip address or domain name to access AWStats statics. Change domain name at the end of url as per your settings.
Congratulation’s! you have successfully configured AWStats for you website. Read our next article to Setup vnStat ( Web based Network Monitoring Tool ) and Install Munin Network Monitoring Tool on your Linux system.


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