Test Google Analytics on Localhost

I need to test some custom firing events using Google Analytics. I’d like to test in a local environment.

I’ve set up my test site using apache with server name: my-ga-test.localhost/

According to Can you test google analytics on a localhost address? and Google Analytics docs, I’m able to adjust my GA code to use:

ga('create', 'UA-XXXX-Y', {
  'cookieDomain': 'none'

I tried to set up a new account to get a tracking ID for this site, but I’m getting the following error:

URL ends with an invalid top-level domain name

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How do I generate the code using localhost domain so I can alter the tracking ID code to put on my localhost?

The “Website URL” field when creating a new Google Analytics property does not have to be the same as the actual URL that’s used in production. It’s primarily used for resolving relative links, not for validating hits.

Just change it to something else (like example.com), and everything should work fine.

I do not recommend the above answer.

I believe the best practice is to use the Analytics Debug js on your localhost. Debug prints in console EVERYTHING is doing, including firing events. That way you can check if your code is working or not without sending tracking info to Analytics on Localhost (which makes no sense).

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