Custom Properties - Tracking the installed features in a list (the easy way)

On this page, we will learn how to set up the tracking of the installed features, in a list, using Installer Analytics. This method is easy to set up but can be a bit tricky to filter and process the resulting data.

First, we'll need an Advanced Installer project. You can open your existing project or create a new one. You can always follow a tutorial like this one if you're new to Advanced Installer.

Second, we'll need to enable the Installer Analytics tracking for that project. If you're unfamiliar with this step, you can follow this link to guide you step by step.

Third, and this is the most crucial part, we need to add the ADDLOCAL property into the Installer Analytics view of your project. To do so, we need to:

  1. Navigate to the Installer Analytics view from your Advanced Installer project
    Custom Properties - Installer Analytics View
    Installer Analytics View
  2. In the 'Report Installation Data', you'll see the Custom Properties table
    Custom Properties - Table
    Custom Properties Table
  3. Press 'Add' in order to open the 'Select a Property' picker
    Custom Properties - Property Picker
    Select a Property picker
  4. Enter 'ADDLOCAL' and press 'OK'
    Custom Properties - ADDLOCAL
    ADDLOCAL property
    Custom Properties - Added ADDLOCAL
    Added ADDLOCAL property

Fourth, we need to save, build the project, and finally release the installer to your customers. Once these have been done, your clients will start installing your product, and Installer Analytics WebApp will show the tracking data.

Custom Properties - Features selected for installation
Features selected for installation
Custom Properties - ADDLOCAL in WebApp
ADDLOCAL property reported in the WebApp

Note: You can also test the tracking yourself before releasing it to ensure that everything was configured correctly. If you plan to do so, please use the Only Filtered IPs option, as your IP might be already placed in the exclusion list from the App Settings view in the 'IP Filter' section.

Please also note that the value reported in the Installer Analytics WebApp is the one from the Identifier field of each feature, not the actual name of the feature. Be sure to modify it in order to have clear data inside the WebApp.

Custom Properties - Identifier field
Identifier field of a feature