Since 2008, MobileESP provides web site developers an easy-to-use and lightweight API for detecting whether visitors are using a mobile device, and if so, what kind. The APIs provide simple boolean results ('true' or 'false') for identifying individual device categories (such as iPhone, BlackBerry,...
At last, a dead simple way for web site publishers to detect visitors on mobile web sites!
MobileESP is free, open source and lightweight. MobileESP has a simple API for detecting mobile devices. The API returns the simple Boolean result of TRUE if the device is the specified type, or FALSE if it isn't. For example, want to know if your visitor is on an iPhone, Android or Windows Phone device? Simply use the method DetectTierIphone(). It's that easy.
Visit the MobileESP web site for tons more information: www.MobileESP.org.
MobileESP believes in making it dead easy for a website publisher to detect mobile visitors. As a result, the API follows the DetectXXX() pattern and returns a simple Boolean (true or false) for the type of mobile device or platform desired. The API DetectXXX() methods are consistent by design across supported platforms.
In addition, a second core principle is that the code is easy for the user to read and understand. Therefore, we believe it's easier for the user to change, update or extend the library, if desired.
The code is also purposefully written to be modular so that it is not only easier to maintain, but also easier to extend.
- ASP.NET (C#)
Also available in separate repositories:
- Ruby: This project was ported by Martin, who separately maintains the Ruby codebase on GitHub.
- Classic ASP (VBscript): This project was ported by Miguel Barrero, who separately maintains the codebase on BitBucket.
A server-side library is recommended for pretty much everything else: from older smartphone OSes to all feature phones, plus smart TVs, gaming devices, and ereaders.
Anthony updates the live demo pages when he updates the library. The live demo pages show the results of each of the API calls. Point your mobile device browser to the parent demo page: http://www.hand-interactive.com/detect/
Anthony provided a much-needed update in May 2015. Please see the change log in the beginning of each file for full details.
In addition, the Ruby and Classic ASP (VBScript) libraries haven't been updated in several years. Would anyone be interested in updating them?
We've been notified that the Python library doesn't follow the Python community coding standards regarding method names in lower case with underscores separating elements rather than camel case. What do y'all think about this? Would it be better to conform to the Python standards or keep the method names consistent between libraries? Please let Anthony know.
NOTE: The MobileESP project was previously hosted on the Google Code web site. Because Google closed down that site and there had been many user requests, MobileESP is now hosted with GitHub.
MobileESP founder, Anthony Hand, gave a short 6 minute talk on the origin and basics of MobileESP at a Silicon Valley event in 2012. Check it out! https://youtu.be/F_mFNTbe9lQ
Apache v2.0. More info and the link to the Apache v2.0 license page in each code file.
The MobileESP project code is lightweight and ideal for many web sites. However, this project is not meant to replace other projects offering greater specificity and control, such as WURFL or HandsetDetection.com.
Yes, usage of the MobileESP code is FREE, so no worries about that. But a donation to the cause helps provide motivation for Anthony to frequently update the code and continue to enhance the cross-platform APIs. And get new phones to do new tests with!