Mixpanel Backend

The Mixpanel backends provides mixpanel events as cubes and event properties as dimensions.


  • two measure aggregates: total and unique

  • two derived measure aggregates: total_sma and unique_sma (simple moving average)

  • time dimension with two hierarchies:
    • ymdh (default): year, month, day and hour
    • wdh: week, day and hour
  • aggregation at year or top level

  • drill-down without the time dimension (approximation)

  • list of facts

Store Configuration and Model

Type is mixpanel

  • api_key – your Mixpanel API key
  • api_secret – Mixpanel API secret

To obtain your API key log-in to the Mixpanel, go to Account, then Projects – you will see a list of key/secret pairs for your projects.


type: mixpanel
api_key: 0123456789abcdef0123456789abcdef
api_secret: 0123456789abcdef0123456789abcdef


Mixpanel backend generates the model on-the-fly. You have to specify that the provider is mixpanel not the static model file itself:

    "name": "mixpanel",
    "provider": "mixpanel"

Model Customization

It is possible to customize various properties of a cube or a dimension. The customizable properties are: name, label, description, category and info.

For example to customize search engine dimension:

"dimensions": [
        "name": "search_engine",
        "label": "Search Engine",
        "description": "The search engine a user came from"

Limit the Dimensions

The list of dimensions can be limited by using a browser option allowed_dimensions or denied_dimensions:

Following will allow only one dimension:

"browser_options": {
    "allowed_dimensions": "search_engine"

The browser_options can be specified at the model level – applies to all cubes, or just at a cube level – applies only to that cube.

Dimension names

By default dimension names are the same as property names. If a property name contains a special character such as space or $ it is replaced by a underscore. To use a different, custom dimension name add the dimension-to-property mapping:

"mappings": {
    "city": "$city",
    "initial_referrer": "$initial_referrer"

And define the dimension in the model as above.

Built-in dimension models with simplifiend name and with labels:

  • initial_referrer
  • initial_referring_domain
  • search_engine
  • keyword
  • os
  • browser
  • referrer
  • referring_domain
  • country_code
  • city

Source: Mixpanel Special or reserved properties.

Cube Names

By default, cube names are the same as event names. To use a custom cube name add a mapping for cube:CUBENAME:

"mappings": {
    "cube:campaign_delivery": "$campaign_delivery"


Create a slicer.ini:

model: model.json

type: mixpanel
api_key: YOUR_API_KEY
api_secret: YOUR_API_SECRET

prettyprint: true

Create a model.json:

    "provider": "mixpanel"

Run the server:

slicer serve slicer.ini

Get a list of cubes:

curl "http://localhost:5000/cubes"



It is not possible to specify a cut for the time dimension at the hour level. This is the Mixpanel’s limitation – it expects the from-to range to be at day granularity.