Next.js + Vercel Analytics

How to set up Vercel Analytics in Next.js 13

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Vercel has recently acquired Splitbee.1

Vercel + Splitbee

Splitbee is a lightweight, privacy-focused analytics tool for websites. It's a great alternative to Google Analytics and other analytics tools. I have used Splitbee for a while now and have been very happy with it. I have also written about how to set up Splitbee in Next.js.

In this guide, I'll go through the process of how to set up Vercel Analytics in Next.js 13.

Since Splitbee has been integrated into Vercel, you can now use Splitbee without having to write any configuration code. You can just enable it in your Vercel project settings and import the <Analytics /> component from @vercel/analytics/react.2

// pages/_app.tsx
import { Analytics } from '@vercel/analytics/react'
import type { AppProps } from 'next/app'

const App: React.FC<AppProps> = ({ Component, pageProps }) => (
    <Component {...pageProps} />
    <Analytics />

export default App

That is, assuming you're still using the pages/ directory.

Next.js 13 has introduced the a app/ directory, which will replace pages/ a few major versions down the road. Sadly, you can't use Vercel Analytics out of the box with the app/ directory yet. However, there is a workaround, and it's super easy.

The issue with the <Analytics /> component exported by @vercel/analytics/react is that it's a Client Component. This is a problem because pages inside the app/ directory, including the components they import, are by default assumed to be Server Components.3

To fix this, we can re-export the <Analytics /> component explicitly labelled as a Client Component. This way, Next.js will no longer attempt to render it on the server.

First, create a new file called Analytics.tsx4. Then, copy the following code into it:

// components/Analytics.tsx
'use client'

import { Analytics as VercelAnalytics } from '@vercel/analytics/react'
import type { ComponentProps } from 'react'

type AnalyticsProps = ComponentProps<typeof VercelAnalytics>

export const Analytics: React.FC<AnalyticsProps> = (props) => (
  <VercelAnalytics {...props} />

What we're doing here is importing the <Analytics /> component from @vercel/analytics/react and re-exporting it explicitly as a Client Component by adding the 'use client' pragma at the top of the file.

Now, we can import the <Analytics /> component from Analytics.tsx instead of @vercel/analytics/react in our app/ directory.

// app/layout.tsx
import { Analytics } from '../components/Analytics'

type LayoutProps = {
  children: React.ReactNode

const Layout: React.FC<LayoutProps> = ({ children }) => (
  <html lang="en">
      <AnalyticsWrapper />

export default Layout

That's it! You can now use Vercel Analytics in your Next.js 13 app.


  1. Vercel Acquires Splitbee

  2. @vercel/analytics Package Documentation

  3. Next.js Server and Client Components Documentation

  4. You can name the file whatever you want, but I recommend sticking to a file naming convention such as the one outlined in Airbnb's React/JSX Style Guide.

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