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Freshpaint Event Tracker

Event Tracker Setup

For JS, you can track the experiment exposure events by adding the following code the trackingCallback in the GrowthBook SDK.

 trackingCallback: (experiment, result) => {
freshpaint.track('Experiment Viewed', {experimentId: experiment.key, variantId: result.key});

Data Source Setup

Freshpaint does not support direct data access, instead, to work with GrowthBook, you'll need to export your data to a data warehouse. You can read about the supported data destinations here. Freshpaint lets you export to BigQuery, Databricks, Postgres, Redshift, and Snowflake.


GrowthBook will attempt automatically create SQL queries for Freshpaint, but this may require adjustments. General instructions for setting up SQL sources are below. If you need any help, reach out to us and we can help

Configuration Settings

Once you have chosen your event tracker and data source type and successfully connected, you will be given an opportunity to modify your configuration settings. For many applications GrowthBook will have chosen the correct configuration settings straight out of the box based upon which event tracker you choose. In some instances you may need to tweak them slightly, or in the case of using a custom datasource, define them more explicitly.

Identifier Types

These are all the types of identifiers you use to split traffic in an experiment and track metric conversions. Common examples are user_id, anonymous_id, device_id, and ip_address.

Experiment Assignment Queries

An experiment assignment query returns which users were part of which experiment, what variation they saw, and when they saw it. Each assignment query is tied to a single identifier type (defined above). You can also have multiple assignment queries if you store that data in different tables, for example one from your email system and one from your back-end.

The end result of the query should return data like this:

4562021-08-23 10:53:06my-button-test1

The above assumes the identifier type you are using is user_id. If you are using a different identifier, you would use a different column name.

Here's an example query you might use:

received_at as timestamp,
event_type = 'viewed experiment'

Make sure to return the exact column names that GrowthBook is expecting. If your table’s columns use a different name, add an alias in the SELECT list (e.g. SELECT original_column as new_column).

Duplicate Rows

If a user sees an experiment multiple times, you should return multiple rows in your assignment query, one for each time the user was exposed to the experiment.

This helps us detect when users were exposed to more than one variation, and eventually may be useful in helping build interesting time series.

Experiment Dimensions

In addition to the standard 4 columns above, you can also select additional dimension columns. For example, browser or referrer. These extra columns can be used to drill down into experiment results.

Identifier Join Tables

If you have multiple identifier types and want to be able to auto-merge them together during analysis, you also need to define identifier join tables. For example, if your experiment is assigned based on device_id, but the conversion metric only has a user_id column.

These queries are very simple and just need to return columns for each of the identifier types being joined. For example:

SELECT user_id, device_id FROM logins

SQL Template Variables

Within your queries, there are several placeholder variables you can use. These will be replaced with strings before being run based on your experiment. This can be useful for giving hints to SQL optimization engines to improve query performance.

The variables are:

  • startDate - YYYY-MM-DD HH:mm:ss of the earliest data that needs to be included
  • startYear - Just the YYYY of the startDate
  • startMonth - Just the MM of the startDate
  • startDay - Just the DD of the startDate
  • startDateUnix - Unix timestamp of the startDate (seconds since Jan 1, 1970)
  • endDate - YYYY-MM-DD HH:mm:ss of the latest data that needs to be included
  • endYear - Just the YYYY of the endDate
  • endMonth - Just the MM of the endDate
  • endDay - Just the DD of the endDate
  • endDateUnix - Unix timestamp of the endDate (seconds since Jan 1, 1970)
  • experimentId - Either a specific experiment id OR % if you should include all experiments

For example:

received_at as timestamp,
received_at BETWEEN '{{ startDate }}' AND '{{ endDate }}'
AND experiment_id LIKE '{{ experimentId }}'

Note: The inserted values do not have surrounding quotes, so you must add those yourself (e.g. use '{{ startDate }}' instead of just {{ startDate }})

Jupyter Notebook Query Runner

This setting is only required if you want to export experiment results as a Jupyter Notebook.

There is no one standard way to store credentials or run SQL queries from Jupyter notebooks, so GrowthBook lets you define your own Python function.

It needs to be called runQuery, accept a single string argument named sql, and return a pandas data frame.

Here's an example for a Postgres (or Redshift) data source:

import os
import psycopg2
import pandas as pd
from sqlalchemy import create_engine, text

# Use environment variables or similar for passwords!
password = os.getenv('POSTGRES_PW')
connStr = f'postgresql+psycopg2://user:{password}@localhost'
dbConnection = create_engine(connStr).connect();

def runQuery(sql):
return pd.read_sql(text(sql), dbConnection)

Note: This python source is stored as plain text in the database. Do not hard-code passwords or sensitive info. Use environment variables (shown above) or another credential store instead.

Schema Browser

When you connect a supported data source to GrowthBook, we automatically generate metadata that is used by our Schema Browser. The Schema Browser is a user-friendly interface that makes writing queries easier as you can easily explore information about the datasource such as databases, schemas, tables, columns, and data types.

GrowthBook Schema Browser

Below are the data sources that currently support the Schema Browser:

  • AWS Athena - Requires a Default Catalog
  • BigQuery - Requires a Project Name and Default Dataset
  • ClickHouse
  • Databricks - Currently only supported on version 10.2 and above with a Unity Catalog
  • MsSQL/SQL Server
  • MySQL/MariaDB
  • Postgres
  • PrestoDB (and Trino) - Requires a Default Catalog
  • Redshift
  • Snowflake