Array 1.19.0


This new release is a great mix between old and new, with significant improvements to both our newer features, as well as our core analytics stack.

Once again, we were heavily driven by feedback, having done a bunch of calls with our users and actively engaging with the PostHog community on Slack and GitHub. Keep the feedback coming!

Release Notes

If you're self-hosting and want to upgrade for a better experience with nicer features, remember to update your PostHog instance.

Scheduled Plugins and Editor

Plugin Editor Screenshot

We now support scheduled plugins that run periodically on a specified time cycle (e.g. minute, hour, day), as well as have a built-in code editor for plugins right into the PostHog UI.

With the ability to run tasks in specified time intervals, you can now setup plugins that, for example, keep track of external metrics and add this data to PostHog via new events. This is possible because we now support posthog.capture calls inside plugins as well.

Some metrics you might want to keep track of are, for example, server performance, GitHub activities (e.g. stars ⭐ ), engagement with your project's social media profiles, and anything else you can think of!

Here's an example to give you an idea:

async function runEveryMinute({ config }) {
    const url = `https://api.github.com/repos/PostHog/posthog`
    const response = await fetch(url)
    const metrics = await response.json()

    posthog.capture('github metrics', {
        stars: metrics.stargazers_count,
        open_issues: metrics.open_issues_count,
        forks: metrics.forks_count,
        subscribers: metrics.subscribers_count
    })
}

You can learn more about scheduled plugins on the PR that created them, as well as our docs for building your own plugin.

Note: Plugins are a Beta feature currently only available on self-hosted instances. We are working to make it available on PostHog Cloud soon.

Lifecycle Analysis

Lifecycle Screenshot

Our 'Trends' tab just got an awesome new feature: lifecycle graphs!

Lifecycle analysis digs deeper into your events and shows you a breakdown of the users who performed the event into new, returning, and resurrecting users. In addition, it also shows you the churn on for the specified time period.

To use it, select 'Shown As' -> 'Lifecycle' when in the 'Trends' tab.

New Session Recording Compression Scheme

Gzip Session Recording Screenshot

See the image above? That's our event processing time before and after the new compression scheme!

By using gzip-based compression, we have now significantly improved performance both on the client and server, making event processing faster, as well as decreasing the number of session recordings that are lost. Be on the lookout for more green play buttons on your 'Sessions' page now.

Also, while on the topic of session recording, have you been keeping up with the updates to our player?

If you installed posthog-js via npm, you should update to version 1.8.0 to get access to this update. Snippet users have access to the latest version by default.

New Actions UX

New Actions UX Screenshot

This might not be news to all of you, since we have been experimenting with our actions UX using feature flags. However, we're now rolling out a new UX for creating actions to all PostHog users, so try it out let us know what you think!

New operations for numerical properties

In addition to the average, sum, maximum, and minimum operations available to numerical properties in trends, we now also support median, and 90th, 95th, and 99th percentiles.

User Interviews

We’re working hard to improve PostHog and would love to talk to you about your experience with the product.

If you're interested in helping us out, you can schedule a quick 30-min call with us on Calendly.

Oh, and we're giving away some awesome PostHog merch as a thank you!

Favorite Issue

Session recording player ux improvements

Our session recording feature is getting better by the day! The latest improvements to our player have made the UX much smoother, and you can keep up-to-date and supply feedback about the player on the issue above.

PostHog News

Eltje has joined us to lead our efforts on the People & Talent front, bringing some much-needed experience as we grow our team. Like James, she was a professional cyclist before venturing into talent, and she is (unfortunately) a lover of pineapple on pizza.

Community Shoutouts

Big thanks to the following members of our community who have contributed to PostHog over this release cycle:

Open Roles

Are you a Fullstack Engineer, Marketing Lead, or Growth Engineer?

Or perhaps you're not either but think you'd still be a good fit for PostHog?

We want you!

Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements

In addition to the highlights listed above, we also merged a bunch of PRs improving PostHog's performance and fixing bugs: