What are the limits of the free Google Analytics account for website traffic and application analytics?

What is SoftMeter?

Quick answer: SoftMeter is "Google Analytics for desktop applications".

Longer answer: Google Analytics (GA) is the most popular website statistics tool. It shows statistics about the visitors to your website. Also, it is free. Apart from websites, GA can also track Firebase mobile apps.

SoftMeter application analytics and statisticsSoftMeter is a very small software library that extends the coverage of GA to include desktop applications (Windows and MacOS; IOS coming soon). Also, it has a free edition.

By including SoftMeter in your desktop application you will be able to see how users around the world use your application. Just like you monitor how the visitors' traffic on your website.

SoftMeter, our application analytics library, uses Google Analytics for the collection and the reporting of the usage data of your software.

The limits of the free Google Analytics accounts are set quite high. You probably do not need to bother about the limits as the traffic of most websites and the usage statistics of most applications are way below the G.A. limits.

SoftMeter has an internal limiter that automatically cuts hits that exceed the "per session" total hits or the hit rate. Again these limits are quite high and normally you should not be affected when collecting your application usage statistics.

Property specific limits

The following limit applies to Web Property / Property / Tracking ID:

  • 10 million hits per month per property. ( We recomment that you create one property for every software you want to track)

Universal Analytics enabled

The following limits apply to gtag.js, analytics.js, Android SDK, iOS SDK, and the Measurement Protocol:

  • 200,000 hits per user per day. In SoftMeter, a user is the same as an installation.
  • 500 hits per session. In SoftMeter a session starts when your program is launched and lasts until the program is terminated.

Client library / SDK specific rate limits

IOS and Android SDK clients. Each app instance starts with

  • 60 hits
  • that are replenished at a rate of 1 hit every 2 seconds.

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