The GoatCounter API can be used to manage sites, users, export data, or build your own dashboard.

The API is currently unversioned and prefixed with /api/v0; breaking changes will be avoided and are not expected but may occur. I’ll be sure to send ample notification of this to everyone who has generated an API key.


To use the API create a key in your account (User → API); send the API key in the Authorization header as Authorization: Bearer [token]. You will need to use Content-Type: application/json; all requests return JSON unless noted otherwise.


curl -X POST https://example.goatcounter.com/api/v0/me \
    -H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
    -H 'Authorization: Bearer 2q2snk7clgqs63tr4xc5bwseajlw88qzilr8fq157jz3qxwwmz5'

Replace the key and URL with your actual values.

HTTP Basic auth is also supported; this is mostly useful for testing things from the browser. Leave the username empty and use the API key as the password.

Endpoints return 401 Unauthorized if the API key is missing or incorrect, and 403 Forbidden if it doesn’t have the needed permissions.

Rate limit

The rate limit is 4 requests per second; the current values are reported in the response headers:

X-Rate-Limit-Limit        Number of requests the rate limit kicks in; this is always the same.
X-Rate-Limit-Remaining    Requests remaining this period.
X-Rate-Limit-Reset        Seconds until the rate limits resets.


Errors are reported in either an error or errors field; the error field always contains a string; for example:

    "error": "oh noes!"

The errors field contains an object with a list:

    "errors": {
        "key":     ["error1", "error2"],
        "another": ["oh noes!"]

A status code in the 2xx range will never contain errors, a status code in the 4xx or 5xx range will always have either error or errors, but never both. There may also be additional data in other fields on errors.

API reference

API reference docs are available at:

Quick overview

A quick overview of all the endpoints:

POST /api/v0/count Count pageviews
POST /api/v0/export Create a new CSV export
GET /api/v0/export/{id} Get information about a CSV export
GET /api/v0/export/{id}/download Download CSV export
GET /api/v0/stats/total List total pageview counts
GET /api/v0/stats/hits Get pageview and visitor statistics
GET /api/v0/stats/hits/{path_id} Get referral stats for a path
GET /api/v0/stats/{page} Get stats for browser, system, etc.
GET /api/v0/stats/{page}/{id} Detailed stats (e.g. browser version)
GET /api/v0/sites List sites
PUT /api/v0/sites Create a new site
GET /api/v0/sites/{id} Detailed information about a site
POST /api/v0/sites/{id} Update a site
PATCH /api/v0/sites/{id} Update a site
GET /api/v0/me Get information about the current user
GET /api/v0/paths Get an overview of all paths


A few shell script examples for common use cases; all of these require curl, and some require jq.

Sending pageviews from a backend

You can use /api/v0/count to send pageviews from your backend. This is the same as /count that the JavaScript integration uses but has higher rate-limits, allows setting some additional fields, and allows batching multiple pageviews in one request.

A simple example might look like:

token="[your api token]"
api="https://[my code].goatcounter.com/api/v0"
curl() {
    \command curl --silent \
        --header 'Content-Type: application/json' \
        --header "Authorization: Bearer $token" \

curl -X POST  "$api/count" \
    --data '{"no_sessions": true, "hits": [{"path": "/one"}, {"path": "/two"}]}'

Exporting to CSV

Example to export via the API:

token="[your api token]"
api="https://[my code].goatcounter.com/api/v0"
curl() {
    \command curl --silent \
        --header 'Content-Type: application/json' \
        --header "Authorization: Bearer $token" \

# Start a new export, get ID from response object.
id=$(curl -X POST "$api/export" | jq .id)

# The export is started in the background, so we'll need to wait until it's finished.
while :; do
    sleep 1

    finished=$(curl "$api/export/$id" | jq .finished_at)
    if [ "$finished" != "null" ]; then
        # Download the export.
        curl "$api/export/$id/download" | gzip -d


The above does no error checking for brevity: errors are reported in the error or errors field as described in the earlier section.

The export object contains a last_hit_id parameter, which can be used as a pagination cursor to only download hits after this export. This is useful to sync your local database regularly:

# Get cursor
start=$(curl "$api/export/$id" | jq .last_hit_id)

# Start new export starting from the cursor.
id=$(curl -X POST "$api/export" --data "{\"start_from_hit_id\":$start}" | jq .id)

Loading statistics

With the /api/v0/stats/* endpoint you get retrieve the dashboard statistics.

An example is available as the goatcounter dashboard command, as a (POSIX) shell script would probably be too convoluted to be useful.

In the example it gets all the data in serial for simplicity, but in more serious applications you probably want to get a few of them in parallel; this is also what the default GoatCounter dashboard does.

Questions or problems?

Feel free to get in touch if you’ve got any questions or having any problems; a lot of times they can be resolved without too much problems.

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