Add-on locale usage statistics available

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When the AMO Statistics Dashboard was first released, it contained views for all of the data available from add-on update pings at the time. With the release of Firefox 3 in mid-2008, however, a locale parameter was added to indicate the user’s browser locale.

We recently added support for this to our stats dashboard, so you’ll now be able to see the breakdown of locale usage for each add-on by selecting “Locales” from the stats dashboard menu.

The top 25 locales for all add-ons hosted on AMO are listed below, along with the top locales for Firefox proper. This comparison shows which locales are disproportionately interested in add-ons, both positively and negatively.

# Top Add-on Locales Top Firefox Locales
1. en-US – English (US) en-US – English (US)
2. de – German de – German
3. fr – French es-ES – Spanish (Spain)
4. ru – Russian fr – French
5. en-GB – English (British) en-GB – English (British)
6. es-ES – Spanish (Spain) ru – Russian
7. ja – Japanese pt-BR – Portuguese (Brazilian)
8. pl – Polish pl – Polish
9. it – Italian it – Italian
10. pt-BR – Portuguese (Brazilian) ja – Japanese
11. hu – Hungarian cs – Czech
12. zh-TW – Chinese (Traditional) tr – Turkish
13. zh-CN – Chinese (Simplified) nl – Dutch
14. nl – Dutch hu – Hungarian
15. cs – Czech zh-CN – Chinese (Simplified)
16. tr – Turkish zh-TW – Chinese (Traditional)
17. sv-SE – Swedish sv-SE – Swedish
18. es-AR – Spanish (Argentina) fi – Finnish
19. fi – Finnish el – Greek
20. el – Greek es-AR – Spanish (Argentina)
21. de-DE – German (Germany) sk – Slovak
22. pt-PT – Portuguese (Portugal) nb-NO – Norwegian (Nynorsk)
23. sk – Slovak pt-PT – Portuguese (Portugal)
24. ja-JP-mac – Japanese (Japan) (OS X) id – Indonesian
25. da – Danish bg – Bulgarian

We’ll be posting additional statistics based on locale data in the future, as it’s very interesting to see how the popularity of specific add-ons can change drastically between locales.

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2 responses

  1. Rob Holian

    Thanks guys! This is something I’ve been waiting for for a long time. Being in the process of translating my add-on description into 19 other languages, I was wondering if it has any effect on the number of people who decide to use my add-on.

    Sadly, although I was very excited about seeing locale statistics on my dashboard, I don’t really have an answer to that question. Because there are simply so many locales, too many graphs get superimposed on one another and it is difficult to read the data. A faaaaaar more useful tool for someone like me would be a simple pie-graph, detailing the current percentage of users per locale. The graph is just too small and difficult to read. And the CSV statistic file is also next to useless, since the names of the locales are too big for the size of the columns.

  2. Brett Zamir

    Great to see this… I agree with the previous commenter that a simple pie chart would be nice to have…