PHP (Sources)

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Getting Started

This library lets you record analytics data on the server-side, from within applications and websites developed with PHP.

Step 1

Clone the PHP integration into your application directory.

git clone /my/app/folders/

Step 2

Add the following to your code to load in the library.


Step 3

Initialize the module with the Source ID found in the setting sections of your MetaRouter account. Note that you are only required to do this initialization once.

class_alias('Segment', 'Analytics');
Segment::init("METAROUTER_APP_ID", array(
  "host" => ""

After this initialization, you have a ready-to-use instance with all calls built in.

Note: We've standardized to Analytics.js. If you've used a tool like Segment in the past, you will find that instrumenting events in MetaRouter works in the exact same way.

Using Composer to Install the PHP Library from Github

To add the MetaRouter PHP library to a PHP app using composer:

In composer.json, add the GitHub url to the repositories section and then require the library as usual.

Note: you need the ‘dev-‘ prefix on the version in the require section as noted in the composer docs.

  "repositories": [
      "type": "vcs",
      "url": ""

  "require": {
    "segmentio/analytics-php": "dev-master"

Calls in PHP

Check out the below calls and their use cases to determine the calls that you need to make. We have also included examples of how you'd call specific objects in PHP.


The identify method helps you associate your users and their actions to a unique and recognizable userID and any optional traits that you know about them. We recommend calling an identify a single time - when the user's account is first created and only again when their traits change.

         "userId" => "1234qwerty",
         "traits" => array(
         "name" => "Arthur Dent",
         "email" => "",
         "hasTowel" => True,)


To get to a more complete event tracking analytics setup, you can add a track call to your website. This will tell MetaRouter which actions you are performing on your site. With track, each user action triggers an “event,” which can also have associated properties.

        "userId" => "1234qwerty",
        "event" => "Added File",
        "properties" => array(
        "fileTitle" => "Life, the Universe, and Everything",
        "fileSize" => "42kb",
        "fileType" => "PDF")


The page method allows you to record page views on your website. It also allows you to pass addtional information about the pages people are viewing.

        "userId" => "1234qwerty",
        "section" => "Blog",
        "name" => "10 Questions with Marvin, the clinically depressed robot",
        "properties" => array(
        "referrer" => "")


The group method associates an identified user with a company, organization, project, etc.

        "userId" => "1234qwerty",
        "groupId" => "5678dvorak",
        "traits" => array(
        "name" => "The Hitchhikers",
        "relativePosition" => "[39.1000° N, 84.5167° W]")


The alias method combines two unassociated User IDs.

        "previousId" => "1ff049u10459u7",
        "userId" => "1234qwerty")

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Disclaimer: MetaRouter Cloud leverages code from several of Segment's fabulous library of open-source tools, including their source SDKs, destinations, and core Analytics.js library. As some of the core configurations outlined in our docs are largely identical to Segment's, we often re-purpose, and in some cases copy, directly from Segment's docs. In the cases where we have forked Segment's tools, we acknowledge and attribute all credit to Segment for their creation and subsequent documentation.