In some rare occasions it may be useful to force Matomo (Piwik) to re-process the reports from the original logs. By default, reports will only be processed once (preferably with an automatic cronjob setup to run every hour) and then archived in the database. When you visit the Matomo UI for a previous day (or week, month, etc), all you see is pre-processed data read directly from these archive tables.
1) Invalidate the existing historical aggregate reports
To force Matomo to re-process your reports you can use one of the following solutions:
(Recommended) Invalidate historical reports by calling a Console command, or using the API, or using a user interface, to tell Matomo to invalidate and re-process the past reports.
(Not recommended) or you could edit your config/config.ini.php file, and set (when you are done, do not forget to set these values back to 0):
[Debug] always_archive_data_day=1 ; force archiving of all daily reports always_archive_data_period=1 ; force archiving for all period reports (week, month, year)
- (Not recommended) or to reprocess reports for a specific day, or specific period, you can delete the two Mysql tables
matomo_archive_*for the specific month containing the dates to re-process. To delete the tables, you can use a tool such as phpMyAdmin which is usually provided by your web host. If you disable browser archiving in your matomo, then you’ll also have to invalidate the entire month in order for the reports to be re-archived. (This does not always apply for Matomo 3.x and below.)
- (Not recommended) or to reprocess archiving for all reports for all dates, you will have to delete all
matomo_archive_*tables in the Matomo Mysql Database. To delete report data for one full year including monthly reports, you may have to delete up to 24 tables (12 months * 2 tables). If you disable browser archiving in your matomo, then you’ll also have to invalidate every day you want to re-archive in order for the reports to be re-archived. (This does not always apply for Matomo 3.x and below.)
You are almost done!
2) Re-process your reports
When you login your Matomo, Matomo will re-trigger the processing of the report data which will re-create the archive tables. This may take one second on a small website but it could take several minutes for bigger websites.
When you want to ensure that reports load fast, invalidate the date ranges you want to re-create archives for and run the following command to pre-process your report data for all websites:
./console core:archive --force-all-websites --url=YOUR_MATOMO_URL_HERE
(this command is a little customisation of the standard core:archive cron command. To learn more about what the parameters mean, run
./console help core:archive)
if you’re using Matomo 3.x
Run the following command with the
--force-all-periods parameter to pre-process your report data for all websites:
./console core:archive --force-all-websites --force-all-periods=315576000 --force-date-last-n=1000 --url=YOUR_MATOMO_URL_HERE
You also do not need to invalidate data in the past.
Congratulations, you have re-processed your data and it should now appear as expected in your dashboard.