Migrate Plugin from Piwik 2.X to Piwik 3

This migration guide covers explains how to do some migrations to make a plugin compatible with Piwik 3. A list of all changes in Piwik 3 can be found in the Changelog.

Making your plugin compatible with Piwik 3

After you test your Piwik plugin on Piwik 3, there are a few possible cases:

  • your plugin works for both Piwik 2 and Piwik 3 at the same time,
  • or: your plugin does not work for Piwik 3 yet,
  • or: your plugin only works for Piwik 3.

if your plugin is compatible with Piwik 2 and Piwik 3...

If you have a plugin that is compatible with both Piwik 2 and 3 we recommend to specify this explicitly in your plugin.json as we otherwise assume your plugin will only be compatible with Piwik 2. In the plugin.json, change this:

   "require": {
        "piwik": ">=2.16.0"


   "require": {
        "piwik": ">=2.16.0,<4.0.0-b1"

if your plugin is not compatible with Piwik 3 yet...

If your plugin is not compatible with Piwik 3 yet, we recommend to release one more version for your current plugin which specifically tells the Marketplace the plugin is not compatible with Piwik 3. The plugin.json would look like this:

   "require": {
        "piwik": ">=2.16.0,<3.0.0-b1"

The next step is for you to make your plugin compatible with Piwik 3: this guide will help you locate the changes to make to your plugin.

once your plugin is compatible with Piwik 3, release a new major version of your plugin

Once your plugin is compatible with Piwik 3:

  • specify that your plugin requires Piwik 3.
  • we recommend to also increase your plugin's major version number eg from 1.2.3 to 2.0.0.

The plugin.json would look like this:

   "version": "2.0.0",
   "require": {
        "piwik": ">=3.0.0-b1,<4.0.0-b1"

It is still possible to release updates for the branch that is compatible with Piwik 2.


Your plugin's Changelog

In the past the changelog used to be defined in the README.md file by specifying a ## Changelog headline. This is now deprecated and we recommend to maintain the changelog in a CHANGELOG, CHANGELOG.txt or CHANGELOG.md file instead.

Your plugin's FAQ

The same applies to the FAQ which used to be defined in a ## FAQ section within the readme and should now be specified in a docs/faq.md file.

Your plugin's Support options

The support tab is no longer managed in the readme file either. Instead the support tab on your plugin page is now generated from the "support" section in your plugin.json.

Your plugin's license

The Marketplace now also supports to show a license text if a LICENSE, LICENSE.txt or LICENSE.md is specified in the root directory of your plugin and it is possible to show documentation for your plugin by specifying a docs/index.md file.


If your plugin is listening to events you should rename the method getListHooksRegistered to registerEvents

Updates and SQL schema migrations

If your plugin defines SQL updates like this:

public function getMigrationQueries(Updater $updater)
    return array(
        // ignore existing column name error (1060)
        'ALTER TABLE ' . Common::prefixTable('custom_dimensions')
        . " ADD COLUMN case_sensitive TINYINT UNSIGNED NOT NULL DEFAULT 1 AFTER extractions" => 1060,

public function doUpdate(Updater $updater)
    $updater->executeMigrationQueries(__FILE__, $this->getMigrationQueries($updater));

You should convert them to:

use Piwik\Updater\Migration\Factory as MigrationFactory;

 * @var MigrationFactory
private $migration;

public function __construct(MigrationFactory $factory)
    $this->migration = $factory;

public function getMigrations(Updater $updater)
    return array(
        $this->migration->db->addColumn('custom_dimensions', 'case_sensitive', 'INYINT UNSIGNED NOT NULL DEFAULT 1', 'extractions')

public function doUpdate(Updater $updater)
    $updater->executeMigrations(__FILE__, $this->getMigrations($updater));

Learn more about the new database updates API.

Plugin Settings

  • System Settings and User Settings used to be defined in one PluginSettings class. We have splitted this into two new classes and to convert existing plugin settings we recommend to first generate new settings for different types, eg
$ ./console generate:settings --settingstype=system
$ ./console generate:settings --settingstype=user

Then it's time to convert each setting from this:

$this->autoRefresh = new UserSetting('autoRefresh', 'Auto refresh');
$this->autoRefresh->type  = static::TYPE_BOOL;
$this->autoRefresh->uiControlType = static::CONTROL_CHECKBOX;
$this->autoRefresh->description   = 'If enabled, the value will be automatically refreshed depending on the specified interval';
$this->autoRefresh->defaultValue  = false;


to this:

$defaultValue = false;
$phpType = FieldConfig::TYPE_BOOL;

$this->autoRefresh = $this->makeSetting('autoRefresh', $defaultValue, $phpType, function (FieldConfig $field) {
    $field->title = 'Auto refresh';
    $field->uiControl = FieldConfig::UI_CONTROL_CHECKBOX;
    $field->description = 'If enabled, the value will be automatically refreshed depending on the specified interval';

As you can see the API hasn't changed too much. Learn more about the new plugin settings API.


If your plugin creates a custom Report, you should rename the property $category to $categoryId. (In your code, replace $this->category by $this->categoryId).

If you have defined a widget or if you have added your report to a reporting page you need to follow the next steps:

Creating a widget

In the past it was possible to create a widget like this:

$this->widgetTitle = 'Live_RealTimeVisitorCount';
$this->widgetParameters = array();

Now a widget is configured in a separate method like this:

public function configureWidgets(WidgetsList $widgetsList, ReportWidgetFactory $factory)
    $widget = $factory->createWidget();

The advantage is that you now can create many widgets for just one report and change the widget in any way you want by calling one of the ReportWidgetConfig's methods.

Making a page visible in the reporting menu

In the past all you needed to do was to define a $menuTitle property. This got a bit more complex. First you need to define a widget as explained in the previous step. Then you need to remove the $menuTitle property and add a new property $subcategoryId. The subcategory is the name of the page the report should be added to. This allows you to either add any report to any existing reporting page, or to create a new reporting page by defining a new subcategoryId that has not been used by any other page yet.

Learn more about the new API in the Reports guide..


All of a plugin's widgets used to be defined in just one class. This simple architecture had a couple of drawbacks such as having to require dependencies for all widgets even when just one widget was executed (the list of dependencies got quite long sometimes). Also sometimes many different widgets were created in one class and it wasn't really clean. Now each widget is defined in its own file and can be configured in several ways.

We recommend to first create a new Widget via the console:

$ ./console generate:widget

In the next step it's time to migrate this old Piwik 2 widget structure:

protected $category = 'ExampleCompany';
protected function init()
    $this->addWidget('My widget name', $method = 'myExampleWidget');
public function myExampleWidget()
    return 'Hello world!';

to the new structure which is defined like this:

class MyExampleWidget extends Widget
    public static function configure(WidgetConfig $config)
        $config->setName('My widget name');

    public function render()
        return 'Hello world!';

As you might see the method to render the widget is now always called render and it used to be the name specified when creating the widget. The configuration is now done in a static configure method that let's you eg configure the category, the name, the order of the widget and more. Learn more about the new API in the Widgets guide..

User menu

The user menu has been removed and such links should be now defined in the Admin menu. To do this, in your Menu.php plugin file, move the code from the method configureUserMenu(MenuUser $menu) to the method configureAdminMenu(MenuAdmin $menu).

Next you should update the related Twig template file (if there is any) and replace {% extends 'user.twig' %} with {% extends 'admin.twig' %}.


In this guide we have seen which steps to take to migrate your Piwik plugin to be compatible with our newest Piwik 3. If you need further help for converting your plugin to Piwik 3, head over to the Piwik developers community forums.