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Tracking API Reference

Welcome to the Tracking API.

This API should be used when there is no module available for your language or they doesn't satisfy your needs.

We strive to keep it as simple as possible.

Is something missing from the API? Let us know [email protected]

Events Types

Type Description Requires extra data
init First event to send when starting the app yes
event Default type, for reporting actions or anything else no
error Submit an error, name should contain the error type yes
userid Set a new user ID for this user no
props Set propserties for this user ID based on the data field. no
heartbeat Websockets only: send every minute to keep the connection on. This only require to pass the machineId field alongside no

The first thing you need to send when the user opens the app is an init event upon which most of the analytics relies on.

If you don't send it first, no data will appear in your dashboard.

Events Data

Nucleus expect to receive the analytics data as a JSON object, containing a data array property.

This array should contain one or multiple events you want to report.

Basic events data

Parameter Type Optional Description
type String optional Event type, see below for all the possible values (default: "event")
name String required if type is event or error Name of the event
sessionId Integer required 4-digits number that identifies the current session
date String optional Date of the event (in ISO format). If not provided we'll use the time the server receives the event.
id String optional Small ID that will be returned in confirmation
userId String optional Identify the user
machineId String required Hashed identifier of the machine (ie mac adress)
payload Object optional Aditionnal data attached to the event

Extra events data

If you are reporting either an error or the first init event, you need to attach those extra data:

Parameter Type Optional Example Description
platform String required darwin Usually 'win32', 'windows', 'mac', 'darwin' or 'linux'
osVersion String required 18.2.0 Current installed version of the OS
totalRam Integer required 8 Total RAM available on the user device
version String required 0.1.0 Version of the app installed
language String required en-US Locale of the user

They are not required with regular events to save bandwidth.

Example

{
    "data": [{
        "event": String, // Name of the event
        "id": String, // OPTIONAL A random id for the event that will be returned when the query succeeds, can be used to make sure no events are reported two times.
        "userId": String, // A string to identify the user
        "machineId": String, // A hashed identifier of the machine
        "sessionId": Int, // A random 4-digits number that identifies the current session
        "platform": String, // 
        "osVersion": String, // The version of the OS
        "totalRam": Int, // The total number of RAM available, in GB
        "version": String, // Installed version of the app
        "language": String, // Locale of the user (i.e. 'en-US')
        "payload": {}, // Any additionnal data that you want to report along the event
    }]
}

Track via Websockets

This is the recommended protocol to submit data.

It is the most efficient in terms of bandwidth and battery. This is what the modules use behind the scenes.

Latency will be vastly better compared to normal HTTP requests.

Endpoint: wss://app.nucleus.sh/:appId/

Send your data as a JSON serialized string message.

To prevent data lost due to network errors, when Nucleus receives an event it will send your client a message containing an array reportedIds of the previously reported events so you can safely assume they were handled by the server.

Track via HTTP

Use this if you'd like to report data where Websockets aren't available.

Keep in mind that with the HTTP method the "Live view" in the dashboard won't work.

POST https://app.nucleus.sh/app/:appId/track

Parameter Optional Description
data required Array of events objects

This endpoint doesn't require authentication but is subject to IP rate limiting.

If you expect lots of events to be reported within a short time interval, you should condense them under one request. For example, save the events in memory (with their correct date), and every 30 seconds report them to the server.

Nucleus will respond with an array reportedIds containing the IDs of the events just reported.