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Sep 7 2005

Pepper: Download Counter

I happily installed Mint this weekend, and couldn’t resist tinkering with it’s Pepper plugin structure. The result is Download Counter, and addition which tracks file downloads linked from your site. I must say that, for the most part, I am impressed with the planning that has gone into Mint. Shaun did a great job.

Update 4/19/2007: Updated for Mint 2.0.

There were only a few places that I wished I had an extra hook, but in general, the Plugin interface is top-notch. Creating the install and preferences procedures was especially simple.

The plugin works by specifying a comma separated list of file extensions you wish to track on your site e.g. zip,pdf,mp3,mpg,jpg Mint will then automagically reforward the files through a download script to register their delivery, so you don’t need to touch any code whatsoever. It’s that easy. Downloads begin tracking immediately.


There are a few limitations to this method, just like any other:;/p>


Installation is simple. Just follow these steps:

  1. Just download the files, unzip, and copy the orderedlist directory into your /mint/pepper folder. To clarify, the final file destinations should be in /mint/pepper/orderedlist/downloads/.
  2. Login to your Mint installation and in the Preferences click “Install” under
  3. Click the Download Counter Pepper “Install” button. Click “Okay.”
  4. Now click on the Download Counter preferences under Pepper in the preferences pane.
  5. In the box, type a comma separated list of file extensions to track, eg. zip,pdf,mp3
  6. Click “Done.”

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