This may seem like a really obvious question, but I just wanted to make sure as I couldn't find any documentation on this particular attribute.

Within the site definitions <site> there is an attribute called enableTracking:

For example:

<site name="service" enableTracking="true" virtualFolder="/sitecore/service" physicalFolder="/sitecore/service" />

I am wondering if this attribute is defaulted to true if it is not present?

Does it determine if an individual site has XDB tracking enabled / disabled? Or does it have another purpose?

2 Answers 2


It looks like the default setting for a site is true if not set. This will of course be overridden by the global setting.

namespace Sitecore.Analytics.Tracking
    public class TrackingSiteContext
        public TrackingSiteContext (SiteInfo siteInfo)
            this.SiteInfo = siteInfo;

        public bool EnableTracking
                bool flag = true;
                bool result;
                if (bool.TryParse (this.SiteInfo.Properties["enableTracking"], out result))
                    flag = result;
                return flag;

        protected SiteInfo SiteInfo { get; set; }

I asked the following question to Sitecore support and the answer was:

This setting literally defines whether analytics tracking is enabled for a site or not.

For some sites tracking can be excessive functionality, therefore this parameter allows disabling it in a handy way on a site level.

You can enable it globally but disable for specific sites by this setting.

  • But what is the default? Assuming true now, but is that a correct assumption?
    – Gatogordo
    Commented Sep 12, 2018 at 8:02
  • @Gatogordo I think the default would be the global setting if the enableTracking is not set. It will fallback to the global one. Commented Sep 12, 2018 at 8:44
  • Correct, based on the answer I believe it is true by default.
    – TomT
    Commented Sep 12, 2018 at 10:02

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