I am trying to find out where in Google Analytics I can see the "peak" of "active users" online on my site.

The realtime report gives me:

google analytics realtime

In the screenshot it says 368. But where can I find the highest one in the history of my site's tracking? Or how can I retrieve this number?

  • Why 3 close flags for "off-topic"? 1. Google Analytics is a web app. 2. I am searching for a way to extract certain data, which is not obvious. Off-topic?
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    Nov 7, 2019 at 14:30
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    Dec 30, 2019 at 18:54

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If you are looking for the date instead of timestamp of peak active users, it's fairly simple. Go to Audience > Overview > Update date range to maximum > Find peak in chart.

Try also this: Go to Query Explorer (ga-dev-tools.appspot.com/query-explorer)

Check out my settings:

GA query explorer

metrics = ga:users
dimensions = ga:dateHourMinute
sort = -ga:users (descending)

  • This is the daily peak. I am searching for the "real time peak" coming from "Active users right now".
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    Dec 24, 2019 at 8:23
  • Try this: go to Query Explorer (ga-dev-tools.appspot.com/query-explorer) Check out my settings: imgur.com/a/md1iCtw metrics = ga:users dimensions = ga:dateHourMinute sort = -ga:users (descending) Dec 24, 2019 at 17:17
  • That's exactly what I was searching for. Thanks a lot. - Please update your answer and add the screenshot, so that I can choose it as best! -- PS: But I think the data is not correct since I have one of the vistor peaks noted down, but it does not show the right "peak" number in the data on that day.
    – Avatar
    Dec 30, 2019 at 12:55
  • @KaiNoack Updated answer. Regarding the right "peak," real-time peak is the actual count reported as they occur, which is in the order or seconds. The above method presents the data in the order of minutes. I think this is probably the closest we can get. As a sanity check, the above method should report data higher than any of your noted visitor peaks. Dec 30, 2019 at 17:21

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