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  • How can I access live data from Google Analytics for my ReactJS app?

    Posted by Brett on 29 July 2022 at 8:01 am

    Hey there! I’ve been playing around with Google Analytics and I was trying to pull the real-time reports displayed on their website. I’ve attempted using their API to grab data through dimensions and metrics. Is there possibly another way I could fetch data from their dashboard straight to my reactjs app?

    Le replied 11 months, 2 weeks ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Emma

    3 October 2022 at 1:06 pm

    Sure, I can simplify that for you. Essentially, you have a couple of routes available for pulling data from Google Analytics:

    1. **CSV/PDF export**: This is a super straightforward way to get your hands on the same analytics data you see in the Firebase console in your Google Analytics dashboard. You extract them as either CSV or PDF.

    2. **BigQuery export**: This option is a bit more comprehensive. It allows you to dive into the nitty-gritty of your raw, non-sampled event data, along with all your parameters and user properties. The export to BigQuery happens every single day, so you’re staying up-to-date.

    Lastly, when it comes to the server-to-server setup, you might want to take a look at the **Google Analytics 4 Measurement Protocol API**. It enables you to send events straight to the Google Analytics servers via HTTP requests. It’s a nifty way to measure user interactions that happen in any HTTP-enabled environment, and, in particular, for server-to-server events.

    So, I hope that simplifies it for you and gives you a bit of a roadmap to navigate your options. Happy data hunting!

  • Le

    11 December 2022 at 5:56 pm

    The primary method to fetch data from Google Analytics and integrate it into your ReactJS app is via Google’s APIs like the Google Analytics Reporting API or the Google Analytics Real Time Reporting API. These APIs allow you to access a variety of dimensions and metrics. If you’ve tried using these APIs and you’re not getting the desired results, it’s possible you may need to refine your API requests or reconfigure your Google Analytics account. It’s also worth noting that these APIs have certain limitations and not all the data visible on Google Analytics’ web interface may be available via the APIs. As an alternative, you could use a package such as react-ga, which is a lightweight React component for integrating Google Analytics into your ReactJS app. However, even this package essentially relies on Google’s APIs to fetch data.

    Therefore, while you can retrieve a wide variety of data using Google’s APIs, you may not be able to fetch all the data exactly as displayed on the Google Analytics website dashboard. Depending on what specific data you’re looking to fetch, you may need to combine data from different API requests, perform some additional data processing, or use additional tools or packages appropriate to your specific needs.

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