How To Install GoAccess on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Install GoAccess on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install GoAccess on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know,  GoAccess is a real-time web log analyzer and a visualizer for Both Linux and Unix operating systems. It functions as an interactive app from the Terminal, and after models also supply an HTML report, which can be conveniently viewed in the browser.

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 GoAccess real-time web log analyzer on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint or elementary OS.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install GoAccess on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Installing dependency packages.

Install the ncurses and GCC, and run the following command:

apt-get install libncursesw5-dev libglib2.0-dev libgeoip-dev libtokyocabinet-dev

Step 2. Installing GoAccess.

Run the following command to install GoAccess software:

tar xvzf goaccess-1.2.tar.gz
cd goaccess-1.2
./configure --enable-utf8 --enable-geoip=legacy
make && make install

Create a soft link to GoAccess in the /usr/bin directory by running:

ln -s /usr/local/bin/goaccess /usr/bin/goaccess

Step 3. Using GoAccess.

First, install Apache as our web server:

apt-get install apache2

After the installation process is finished, execute the following commands to start your Apache service:

systemctl start apache2
systemctl enable apache2

Allow the required HTTP port through the system firewall:

firewall-cmd --add-service=http --permanent
firewall-cmd --reload

For example, using the following command will create an analyzed HTML file from the Apache access log and place it in Apache’s default document root:

goaccess /var/log/apache2/access.log --log-format=COMBINED -a -o /var/www/html/report.html

Now you can open your browser, Enter your IP address or your Domain name and add “/report.html” in the end to see your HTML output:

Install GoAccess on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Congratulations! You have successfully installed GoAccess. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the GoAccess real-time web log analyzer on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS  (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official GoAccess 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, 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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