Open source vs Paid—
There are two ways to use Fathom Analytics: our open-source version and our paid version. Here are the differences:
|No support (you can post an issue to our repo)||Fast and responsive support from the Fathom founders|
|No guaranteed uptime||Fully redundant cloud-based architecture that keeps your stats online|
|Scaling requires you to power down and then upgrade your server||On-demand, automatic scaling, so even if your site goes viral, your stats won’t stop or slow down - we can handle billions of page views each month|
|Manual backups, if you know how to set them up on your server||Real time backups included in the cost|
|No data protection||Continuous data protection (in the event of a database hardware failure, we have a live standby database ready to go)|
|Manual updates, via the command line||Automatic updates, patches and new versions at no extra cost, no coding required|
|Manual server hardening for security||Totally secure server, monitored and maintained by us, included in the price|
|You pay for hosting, you have to do all the work to maintain the server, the code and backups||You pay us, we take care of everything for you|
|Tracker file served via single server, from a single location||Tracker file served via our super-fast CDN, with endpoints located around the world to ensure fast page loads|
|Data aggregation performed on a single server||Super fast data-aggregation spread across our cloud architecture|
|Contribute to our repo||Supporting a privacy-focused, indie software company|
|Community Edition||Buy now|
As you can see from the above, we’ve made sure our paid offering does so much more for our customers than people who install the open-source version. And, our next version (2.0) will only be available to our paid customers.
Even on our paid and hosted version, you still 100% own your data and we won’t lock you into anything (your business is our privilege, not our right). Taking great care of our paying customers is how we stay in business for the long-term.
We love open-source and will continue to support 1.0 as a completely free option—digital privacy should be available to anyone who wants it.
If you’d like to migrate from our open-source version to our hosted version, we’ve helped many people do this so far and are happy to assist you as well. Contact support.