You can configure a reader database in Matomo by editing your config file in config/config.ini.php and configuring the reader like this:

host =
username = example_user
password = example_password
dbname = example_db_name
port = 3306
aurora_readonly_read_committed = 0

For this to work, you first need to setup database replication in your MySQL or MariaDB database.

We recommend to only configure a reader if you can ensure there is a minimal replication lag / delay on the reader. Otherwise you might get corrupt/outdated data in the reports.

If configured, the following queries will be executed on the reader (slave) instead of the writer (master):

  • archiving queries that hit a log table
  • live queries that hit a log table

Please note that when you are configuring a reader and are using custom plugins that add new reports (that have a custom archiver), these plugins need to make sure to make use of the reader as otherwise queries will fail. All plugins from Matomo / InnoCraft are compatible. Most third party plugins are automatically compatible as well.

If you are using Amazon Aurora you can enable aurora_read_only_read_committed to prevent purge lag which happens when internal garbage collection is blocked by long-running archiving queries. The setting will be only applied if you have configured a reader database.

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