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Statistics for uploaded files?

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Community Member, 3 Posts

7 August 2009 at 9:46pm

I'm just wondering if anyone has ever managed to do something like track whenever a file is downloaded, logging the event to a database (date stamp, filename etc) in order to produce a 'most popular files' list?


Community Member, 904 Posts

10 August 2009 at 6:34pm

Edited: 10/08/2009 6:45pm

I'm not aware of a out of the box solution for this. But it shouldn't be that hard to do. I would do the following:
1) Make sure all the files you want to track are copied/uploaded to a special subfolder in the assets directory (let's name it assets/filefolder. You could even protect that folder with a password, to deny direct download of files.
2) Create a controller that finds a file, writes a log entry to the statistics database and passes the file data to the user for download. The comments on the following page show how to output file-contents to the user:
3) Create a custom rule for your controller ( Something like:
'filedownload/$Action/$Filename' => 'Filedownload_Controller'
4) Use mod_rewrite to rewrite all file requests for your previously created subfolder (see 1) to your filedownload controller. Something like:

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} assets/filefolder/(.*)$
RewriteRule .* filedownload/get/%1 [L]

... and you should be up and running.
The beauty of this solution is, that once you decide to disable the logging of downloads, all you need to do is comment-out the mod_rewrite rules (and maybe remove the password protection from the file-folder if you did that). All your file-download links will still be valid!

Hope that helps.

The rewrite rule above will only work when you remove the following line from your .htacces:

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !(\.gif$)|(\.jpg$)|(\.png$)|(\.css$)|(\.js$)|(\.php$) 

.. or you could pass the filename as query string and then use $_GET['file'] in your controller to access the filename:

RewriteRule .* filedownload/get/?file=%1 [L]

On a second thought: Password protection of the files-folder isn't required, since you're redirecting all file-access anyway.