When using the Matomo Connector for Looker Studio, there are a few scenarios which may require some troubleshooting. The most common of these scenarios and potential solutions are detailed below.
My reports fail to load
If your reports spend a long time loading before failing, it could mean that you are requesting too much data. Alternatively it could also mean that your Matomo instance isn’t reachable.
Check if your data request is too large
To check if the issue is due to too much data, try setting the Default Row Limit in the connector configuration to something small:
If this does not result in your data loading, then the problem is due to your Matomo instance.
Test exporting data from your Matomo instance
If you have direct access to your Matomo instance, you can check whether it is a problem by attempting to export some reports in your Matomo. If the report export fails to load (or you can’t login to your Matomo), something is wrong with your Matomo instance.
Check Looker Studio IP addresses are not blocked
If the report export works, then it’s possible your Matomo deploy is blocking or ignoring Looker Studio requests. You can see the Looker Studio IP addresses that need to be allowed access to your server here
My metrics won’t re-aggregate
Re-aggregation of metrics is currently not supported, though we plan to support it in the future.
For now, the only workaround is to create your own computed fields. For example, if you’d like to sum up the visits in a chart, you can create a computed metric with the formula
SUM(Visits). This new metric will aggregate correctly.
My metrics aren’t formatted correctly
If you are using a Matomo version older than 4.14 version, then this is expected. These older versions of Matomo are missing some metadata the Matomo Connector uses to tell Looker Studio how to format the data. You will need to update your Matomo instance to version 4.14 or later.
My Unique Visitors metric is empty
Unique visitors are only displayed for single days, not arbitrary date ranges. This is because in Matomo, unique visitors are only calculated for day periods by default.
Note: It is possible in Matomo to compute unique visitors for other periods, like weeks, months or years. If you’ve configured your Matomo this way, then unique visitors will appear when you select date ranges that match those periods.
Final checks and next steps
If none of the above apply, there are a few final checks you can perform:
- Check if the chart in Looker Studio will load if you remove specific metrics/dimensions.
- Check if the chart in Looker Studio will load if you change it to a simple table.
- Check if the loading issue you are experiencing is random by re-logging in and refreshing your browser.
If the problem is still not resolved, please post in the official Looker Studio Matomo connector forum with as much information as you can. Include any error messages, the report you are trying to load, the segment you are using, and any information you found following the steps above.