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  • Using cURL with GA4 Measurement Protocol

    Posted by George on 17 September 2022 at 5:20 pm

    Yo there! I’ve been trying to gather some info with GA4 by using the old trick of image insertion. Seems easy-peasy, right? Well, it should be! But here’s the snag: I’m using a mix of GA4 Measurement Protocol and curl, yet, I’m hitting a brick wall – no information is being collected. Totally puzzled here.

    Now, I’ve got this PHP source code, but it’s as useful as a chocolate teapot right now. When I try and grab a response, there’s nada. Zilch. A big, fat goose egg. And when I check out the httpcode, all I’m getting is 204. Plus, the Google Analytics real-time dashboard is as silent as a library.

    Here’s where I need your smarts. Can you see what’s amiss with my code? Is there something missing or out of place?

    And oh, random note here but my area of focus is site search and chatGTP. Looking forward to your detective work here!

    Alexander replied 11 months, 2 weeks ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Jesse

    20 December 2022 at 5:42 am

    Without having access to your PHP source code, it’s fairly difficult to pinpoint what exactly could be causing the problem. However, the HTTP status code 204 generally represents ‘No Content,’ which essentially means the server has successfully processed your request, but it did not need to return an entity body (any kind of content) – usually typical for POST requests. This could be the reason why you’re not seeing any data being sent back. If you’re trying to retrieve information, you might need to re-examine the type of request you’re making.

    As for the silent Google Analytics real-time dashboard, are you sure that you’re sending the data to the correct GA4 property? Sometimes, misconfigurations can occur, and you might be sending data to a different property than intended. You also want to double-check that your curl request follows the requirements of the GA4 Measurement protocol.

    If these advisements don’t seem to solve the issue, I’d recommend sharing your PHP code to provide more context so you can get a more specific and concrete solution.

  • Alexander

    6 January 2023 at 2:21 pm

    I’m sorry but your question is missing the actual PHP source code you’re referring to. For me to be able to guide you properly, it would be necessary to include the code you’re working with. That being said, HTTP status code 204 indicates that the server has successfully processed the request and there is no additional content to send in the response payload body. This might suggest that your curl command is working as expected, but your server might not be providing any feedback because the Google Analytics Measurement Protocol doesn’t always provide explicit confirmation that an event has been logged. Make sure you provide the PHP source code for exact guidance.

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