Finding a ‘Report Suite ID’

Data in Adobe Analytics is stored in “Report Suites”, we mentioned that before.

Those Report Suites have a name which is usually human readable and descriptive. It is what your friendly marketer uses when he tells you where data should go or where you can find it. He also use it himself when he decides what data to look at.

It can be found in the drop down at the top of the SiteCatalyst UI:

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Drop Down with Report Suite Names

Now technically, report suites are identified by a “Report Suite ID” or an “rsid”, not their name.

As a developer, you’ll definitely come into contact with the rsid more often than with the name.

That raises a question: how can you find the rsid when your friendly marketer talks about a report suite name?

Two ways:

SiteCatalyst UI

The SiteCatalyst UI has an Admin section which allows the marketer to administer various aspects of tracking as well as users, permissions and so on.

If you have access to the Admin panel, the easiest way to map a report suite name to an rsid is to look at the list of report suites.

Go to Admin > Admin Console > Report Suites. You’ll see a long list like this:

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List of Report Suites in Admin Console

As an example, the rsid for “Jan Exner Test” is “jexnertest” according to the screenshot above.

If you do not have access to the Admin panel, your friendly marketer can still look the rsid up for you.

Use the Source

The other way is to find the rsid yourself. This works if you know which web site is tracked into the report suite.

Go to the web site and do either one of two things:

  1. Find the s_code.js file. At the top, you will see a value being assigned to the s_account variable. Voilà, that’s your rsid.
  2. Using a debugging tool of your choice, look for the actual tracking call being made. You will notice the characters “/b/ss/” in the call URL. What comes next is the rsid.
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Finding the Report Suite ID

Notes

So what if there is not one but multiple rsids in the code or URL? (As in the example above…)

We call that “multi-suite tracking”. It basically means the tracking data will go into more than one report suite.

If that’s the case, you will have to resort to method one: ask your marketer which one you should use.

Our guess would be that if you develop something that is related to tracking (i.e. put data into Adobe Analytics), you will likely use the exact same list of rsids, whereas if you’re supposed to automate reporting (i.e. get data out of Analytics), you really need to know which one it is.

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7 comments on “Finding a ‘Report Suite ID’
  1. […] Make sure you use the actual report suite ID instead of “RSID” above. Your friendly marketer should be able to tell you, or you can find it yourself. […]

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  3. […] means sending data to more than one report suite. (This can easily be done by listing more than one report suite ID (or “rsid”) in the s_account variable in the configuration section of the s_code.js […]

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  4. […] have previously explained where to find the report suite ID, and the tracking server(s) can be found in the configuration section in the s_code.js file. […]

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  5. Cammil says:

    You can also “inspect element” on drop down for Report Suite selection in site catalyst. There should be a “data-rsid” attribute. Would that be the rsid?

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