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Web Page Hit Counter

This server application allows one to add a web page counter. Paths reflect the Redhat distribution of Linux.

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Download and Build:

Download site:

Home page: http://www.muquit.com/muquit/software/Count/Count2.6/Count.html
Download source: http://www.muquit.com/muquit/software/Count/Count2.6/Count2.6/download/src/wwwcount2.6.tar.gz


   tar xzf wwwcount2.6.tar.gz
cd wwwcount2.6

Edit files to define paths: configure, configure.in, Config.tmpl, Count-config
Changed paths:
  • /usr/local/etc/Counter to /opt/Counter
  • /usr/local to /opt
  • /usr/local/apache/cgi-bin to /home/httpd/cgi-bin (Red Hat 5.x, 6.x) or /var/www/cgi-bin (Red Hat 7.1+)
./build --all   -uses database files /opt/Counter/db/Countdb but can not
distinguish between www.domain.com and domain.com.
Two separate entries in database, same page, two count totals.

./build --without-database -Requires page to reference a counter file
You must then reference df=page-file.dat in
cgi call.
This allows www.domain.com and domain.com to refer
to the same file and thus the same hit total.

./build --without-database --prefix=/opt/Count --with-cgi-bin-dir=/var/www/cgi-bin

Note: you must choose one or the other and can not mix database and file methods for one Count.cgi executable.

As root:
./build --install

  • Do you know the user and group id of httpd' child process [y|n]:? y
  • Enter user id of httpd's child process [no default]:? root
  • Enter group id of httpd's child process [no default]:? root

Note: Red Hat 7.1 introduced the user and group apache instead of root for running the web server. Use apache as the answer to the above questions.

Web server has to have permission to execute cgi and write to Counter files:

   cd /home/httpd/cgi-bin/
chmod ugo+rx Count.cgi

cd /opt/Counter
chown nobody.nobody db logs data
cd /opt/Counter/db
chown nobody.nobody *

cd /opt/Counter/data - If using count files and not the database chown nobody.nobody *

Directory paths must allow the web server write access to /etc/Count/db, logs ..

Relocate tools: mv ./src/dumpdb and editdb to /opt/bin

Add line to web page: <img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi alt="Count">

Edit: /opt/etc/Count/conf/count.cfg

Set count_reload=Yes so page increments on reload.

To add access for page counter, edit file /opt/Counter/conf/count.cfg and set: strict_mode=NoOnce added you can change it back to Yes or leave it as Yes and use editdb tool.List of [authorized] is the list of web server platforms allowed to access counter. This configures the binary db file /opt/Counter/db/Authdb.

Resulting Installation:


The following are for build --all and not --without-database:
count_admin_help.cgi - not needed
count_admin.txt - admin created

Tools: (Does not apply to build --without-database)

/opt/bin/dumpdb /opt/Count/db/Countdb
and /opt/bin/editdb /opt/Count/db/Countdb or Authdb
editdb -c - show all commands.
allow you to view and edit the database.

This perl script must reference its configuration file:
my $guser_textdb="count_admin.txt";


The "1" specifies access to Authdb and Countdb
0 Countdb only.

Use /usr/bin/htpasswd to generate the encrypted field.
prompt>htpasswd -c xxx user1
New password:
Re-type new password:
Adding password for user user1

This will create file xxx with the encrypted data.

Note %7E ="~".

HTML to add counter to page:

<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?ft=6&frgb=ff0000&comma=T" alt="Count">

ft= Frame around counter of given pixel thickness.
dd= Digit directory. Default is A, Options A-D
cahce=F&expires=0 Instructions to browser: do not cache image, expire immediately.
frgb= frame color in hex RGB
comma= (T) true or (F) false for comma every third digit from the right.
tr= Transparent background T/F
trgb= Make background color RGB, transparent. If black is background then make 000000 transparent to have no background.
display= Default is counter. Also clock, date, countdown, image or version
md= Max digits to display. Default=6
Plus many more options.

Red numbers, transparent background:
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?chcolor=T&trgb=000000&df=camarotech.com" alt="Count">

Samples of counter

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