Google Analytics 4 exposes data/reports through Google Analytics APIs. It can be used a wide variety of languages to access Google Analytics. Implementation of Google Analytics can be done only on server side which does not allow adding it to a static Web site. However, it is still possible to bypass this limitation. An idea is to generate page views data by means of a service application on schedule and store it in a JavaScript file as a variable. After that, a static Web site can easily show it on each page.

A sample of a solution is located in github repository. Static web site implementation is Pelican blog.

Assuming that Google Analytics 4 has been set up already.

1. Complete prerequisites in Google Analytics

Follow steps ##1-2 from API Quickstart guide.

The objectives are

  • Create a new project.
  • Enable APIs.
  • Create a service account.
  • Download credentials.json file.
  • Add service account to the Google Analytics 4 property.

2. Develop Generate Google Analytics data tool

As a language is chosen Python.

Install Google Analytics library.

pip install google-analytics-data

The application code can be found in file.

3. Set up the tool

Google Analytics APIs need to know the location of credentials file. Replace the path with a location of your file.

export GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS="/opt/generate_page_views_analytics4/credentials.json"

4. Run the tool

python3 /opt/generate_page_views_analytics4/ -p 123456789 -o /var/www/


  • 123456789 - your Google Analytics PROPERTY_ID.
  • /var/www/ - location where you store your generated Google Analytics data.

Generated file sample represents JavaScript Map constant with page names and number of views. The name is blog_metrics.js.

const blog_views = new Map([
   ["/show_pageviews1.html", 5215]
  ,["/show_pageviews2.html", 3212]
  ,["/show_pageviews.html", 2479]

4. Develop JavaScript code to extract pageviews

The file name might be pageviews.js. It will be embedded in each of your Web pages.

window.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', function () {
pagePath = window.location.pathname;
pageViewsAnalytics4 = 0;

if (blog_views.get(pagePath)) {
    pageViewsAnalytics4 = blog_views.get(pagePath); 

document.getElementById('query-output').value = pageViewsAnalytics4;


5. Create a HTML file to show pageviews

<!DOCTYPE html>
  <meta charset="utf-8">
  <title>Google Analytics Pageviews Sample</title>


<h1>Google Analytics 4</h1>

<h3>Page Views Counter</h3>
<textarea cols="10" rows="1" id="query-output"></textarea>

<script src='blog_metrics.js'></script>

<script src='pageviews.js'></script>


6. Schedule Generate Google Analytics Data tool to be run every hour

It can be done in many different ways, for example, Linux - cron, Windows - Task Scheduler, Synology DSM - Task Scheduler.

7. Improvements

You can combine Google Analytics 4 with Google Universal Analytics. The sample is Embed Google Universal Analytics Pageviews in Static Web Site.



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