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Insight Build Status

Understand how your tool is being used by anonymously reporting usage metrics to Google Analytics or Yandex.Metrica


$ npm install --save insight

Access data / generate dashboards

Google Analytics (GA)

analytics screenshot

Provider Setup

Google Analytics (GA)

Currently Insight should to be used with GA set up as web tracking due to use of URLs. Future plan include refactoring to work with GA set up for app-based tracking and the Measurement Protocol.

For debugging, Insight can track OS version, node version and version of the app that implements Insight. Please set up custom dimensions per below screenshot. This is a temporary solution until Insight is refactored into app-based tracking.

GA custom dimensions screenshot

Collected Data

Insight cares deeply about the security of your user's data, and strives to be fully transparent with what it tracks. All data is sent via HTTPS secure connections. Insight provides API to offer an easy way for users to opt-out at any time.

Below is what Insight is capable of tracking. Individual implementation can choose to not track some items.

  • The version of the module that implements Insight
  • Module commands/events (e.g. install / search)
  • Name and version of packages involved with command used
  • Version of node.js & OS for developer debugging
  • A random & absolutely anonymous ID


Google Analytics

const Insight = require('insight');
const pkg = require('./package.json');
const insight = new Insight({
    // Google Analytics tracking code 
    trackingCode: 'UA-XXXXXXXX-X',
// ask for permission the first time 
if (insight.optOut === undefined) {
insight.track('foo', 'bar');
// recorded in Analytics as `/foo/bar` 
    category: 'eventCategory',
    action: 'eventAction',
    label: 'eventLabel',
    value: 'eventValue'
// recorded in Analytics behavior/events section 


const Insight = require('insight');
const pkg = require('./package.json');
var insight = new Insight({
    // Yandex.Metrica counter id 
    trackingCode: 'XXXXXXXXX'
    trackingProvider: 'yandex',
// ask for permission the first time 
if (insight.optOut === undefined) {
insight.track('foo', 'bar');
// recorded in Yandex.Metrica as `http://<package-name>.insight/foo/bar` 




Type: string

Your Google Analytics trackingCode or Yandex.Metrica counter id.


Type: string
Default: google
Values: google, yandex

Tracking provider to use.



Type: string


Type: string
Default: 'undefined'


Type: object
Default: An instance of configstore

If you want to use your own configuration mechanism instead of the default configstore-based one, you can provide an object that has to implement two synchronous methods:

  • get(key)
  • set(key, value)

Instance methods

.track(keyword, [keyword, ...])

Accepts keywords which ends up as a path in Analytics.

.track('init', 'backbone') becomes /init/backbone


Accepts event category, action, label and value as described in the GA event tracking documentation via the options object. Note: Does not work with Yandex.Metrica.

    category: 'download',
    action: 'image',
    label: 'logo-image'

Type: string

Event category: Typically the object that was interacted with (e.g. 'Video').


Type: string

Event action: The type of interaction (e.g. 'play').


Type: string

Event label: Useful for categorizing events (e.g. 'Fall Campaign').


Type: integer

Event value: A numeric value associated with the event (e.g. 42).

.askPermission([message, callback])

Asks the user permission to opt-in to tracking and sets the optOut property in config. You can also choose to set optOut property in config manually.

askPermission screenshot

Optionally supply your own message and callback. If message is null, default message will be used. The callback will be called with the arguments error and optIn when the prompt is done, and is useful for when you want to continue the execution while the prompt is running.


Returns a boolean whether the user has opted out of tracking. Should preferably only be set by a user action, eg. a prompt.


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