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How To Install Fathom Analytics on Ubuntu 24.04 LTS

Install Fathom Analytics on Ubuntu 24.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Fathom Analytics on Ubuntu 24.04 LTS. In today’s digital landscape, website owners and administrators understand the importance of tracking and analyzing visitor data to make informed decisions and optimize their online presence. However, with growing concerns about privacy and data security, many are seeking alternatives to traditional web analytics platforms. Enter Fathom Analytics, a privacy-focused, open-source web analytics solution that provides valuable insights without compromising user privacy.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Fathom Analytics on Ubuntu 24.04 (Noble Numbat). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • At least 4 GB of RAM and 20 GB of free disk space.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies.
  • An Ubuntu 24.04 system with root access or a user with sudo privileges.

Install Fathom Analytics on Ubuntu 24.04 LTS

Step 1. Updating the Package Repository.

To ensure a smooth installation process and maintain the security of your server, it is crucial to update and upgrade your system to the latest available packages. Open a terminal and run the following commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

The apt update command refreshes the package list, while apt upgrade installs the available updates. This step helps resolve any dependency issues and provides access to the latest security patches and bug fixes.

Step 2: Installing Nginx and PostgreSQL.

Next, we will install Nginx and PostgreSQL using the following command:

sudo apt install nginx postgresql

Once the installation is complete, we need to configure PostgreSQL for Fathom Analytics. Follow these steps:

Switch to the PostgreSQL user:

sudo -u postgres psql

Create a new database and user for Fathom:

CREATE DATABASE fathomdb OWNER fathom;

Exit the PostgreSQL shell:


Step 3. Installing Fathom Analytics on Ubuntu 24.04.

Now that we have the necessary prerequisites in place, let’s download and install Fathom Analytics. Visit the official Fathom Analytics GitHub repository and locate the latest release for Linux (amd64 architecture). At the time of writing, the latest version is 1.3.1. Download the release using the following command:

wget https://github.com/usefathom/fathom/releases/download/v1.3.1/fathom_1.3.1_linux_amd64.tar.gz

Once the download is complete, extract the files to the /usr/local/bin directory:

tar -C /usr/local/bin -xzf fathom_1.3.1_linux_amd64.tar.gz

Set the execution permissions for the Fathom binary:

chmod +x /usr/local/bin/fathom

To verify that Fathom is installed correctly, run:

fathom --version

Step 4: Configure Fathom.

With Fathom installed, it’s time to configure it to work with our PostgreSQL database. Create a new configuration file:

nano /etc/fathom/config.env

Add the following lines to the file, replacing the placeholders with your PostgreSQL database details:


Save the file and exit the editor.

Step 5. Set Up Systemd Service for Fathom.

To ensure that Fathom Analytics starts automatically on system boot and restarts in case of any failures, we will create a systemd service. Create a new service file:

nano /etc/systemd/system/fathom.service

Add the following content to the file:

Description=Fathom Analytics

ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/fathom server --config /etc/fathom/config.env


Save the file and exit the editor. Enable and start the Fathom service:

sudo systemctl enable fathom
sudo systemctl start fathom

To verify that the service is running correctly, use the following command:

sudo systemctl status fathom

Step 6. Configure Nginx as a Reverse Proxy.

To access Fathom Analytics through your domain name, we will configure Nginx as a reverse proxy. Create a new virtual host file for Fathom:

sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/fathom

Add the following configuration, replacing your_domain.com with your actual domain name:

server {
    listen 80;
    server_name your_domain.com;

    location / {
        proxy_pass http://localhost:9000;
        proxy_set_header Host $host;
        proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto $scheme;

Save the file and exit the editor. Enable the configuration by creating a symbolic link:

sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/fathom /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/

Test the Nginx configuration for any syntax errors:

sudo nginx -t

If no errors are reported, restart the Nginx service:

sudo systemctl restart nginx

Step 7. Secure the Installation with SSL.

To ensure secure communication between clients and your Fathom Analytics instance, we will obtain an SSL certificate using Certbot and Let’s Encrypt. Install Certbot and the Nginx plugin:

sudo apt install certbot python3-certbot-nginx

Obtain an SSL certificate for your domain:

sudo certbot --nginx -d your_domain.com

Follow the prompts to provide an email address and agree to the Let’s Encrypt terms of service. Certbot will automatically configure Nginx to use the obtained SSL certificate.

Step 8. Accessing the Fathom Web Interface.

With the installation and configuration complete, you can now access the Fathom Analytics web interface. Open a web browser and navigate to:


You will be greeted with the Fathom Analytics login screen. Use the default admin credentials (admin/admin) to log in. Once logged in, you can change the admin password, create new sites to track, and customize your Fathom Analytics instance.

Install Fathom Analytics on Ubuntu 24.04 LTS


Congratulations! You have successfully installed Fathom. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Fathom Analytics on the Ubuntu 24.04 LTS system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the Fathom website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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