thadafinser/user-agent-parser

UserAgent parsing done right http://useragent.mkf.solutions/

v1.5.0 2016-08-12 05:51 UTC

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User agent parsing is, was and will always be a painful thing.

The target of this package is to make it less painful, by providing an abstract layer for many user agent parsers.

Currently 10 local providers and 7 HTTP providers are available! See the comparison list here

So you can

  • use multiple providers at the same time with the Chain provider
  • use local and/or HTTP API providers at the same time
  • switch between different parsers, without changing your code
  • compare the result of the different parsers
  • get always the same result model, regardless of which parser you use currently

The quality of this package is currently covered by

  • unit tests (366 tests, 756 assertions)
  • integration tests (90 tests, 336 assertions)
  • regular real result testing (the results of over 33.000 user agents are compared here)

Try it out

LIVE test

Compare the detection results of the parsers

Installation

Using composer is currently the only supported way to install this package.

composer require thadafinser/user-agent-parser

Note: to use local providers you need to install additional packages, which are listed inside the composer suggests section

Getting started

After you have installed the package, you can use currently only UserAgentStringCom out of the box. For all other providers, you need to register an API key or install an additional package (listed in the section suggest of composer.json)

use UserAgentParser\Exception\NoResultFoundException;
use UserAgentParser\Provider\Http\UserAgentStringCom;
use GuzzleHttp\Client;
use GuzzleHttp\HandlerStack;
use GuzzleHttp\Handler\CurlHandler;

$client = new Client([
    'handler' => HandlerStack::create(new CurlHandler()),
]);

$provider = new UserAgentStringCom($client);

try {
    /* @var $result \UserAgentParser\Model\UserAgent */
    $result = $provider->parse('Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/47.0.2526.73 Safari/537.36');
} catch (NoResultFoundException $ex){
    // nothing found
}

if($result->isBot() === true) {
  // if one part has no result, it's always set not null
  $result->getBot()->getName();
  $result->getBot()->getType();
} else {
  // if one part has no result, it's always set not null
  $result->getBrowser()->getName();
  $result->getBrowser()->getVersion()->getComplete();

  $result->getRenderingEngine()->getName();
  $result->getRenderingEngine()->getVersion()->getComplete();

  $result->getOperatingSystem()->getName();
  $result->getOperatingSystem()->getVersion()->getComplete();

  $result->getDevice()->getModel();
  $result->getDevice()->getBrand();
  $result->getDevice()->getType();
  $result->getDevice()->getIsMobile();
  $result->getDevice()->getIsTouch();
}

Use cases

Bot or human

// initialisation see Getting started
if($result->isBot() === true) {
    // do something special with the bot
}

Mobile detection

// initialisation see Getting started
if($result->isMobile() === true) {
    // redirect to the the mobile optimized page or suggest the other to download your app
    // NOTE mobile means not "phone". It can be any moveable device, e.g. tablet, media player, watch, ...
}

Providers

UserAgentParser comes with local and http providers

See detailed documenation here

local providers

http providers

Name Type Browser Engine Operating system Device model Device brand Device type Is mobile Is bot Bot name Bot type Comment
BrowscapFull local x x x x x x x x x x
BrowscapLite local x x x x
BrowscapPhp local x x x x x x
DonatjUAParser local x
JenssegersAgent local x x x x x Based on MobileDetect
PiwikDeviceDetector local x x x x x x x x x x
SinergiBrowserDetector local x x x x x
UAParser local x x x x x x
WhichBrowser local x x x x x x x x
Woothee local x x x x
Zsxsoft local x x x x
DeviceAtlasCom http x x x x free available
FiftyOneDegreesCom http x x x x x x x x free unlimited
NeutrinoApiCom http x x x x x x x x 25/day free
UdgerCom http x x x x x 500/month free (API key only for one month valid!)
UserAgentApiCom http x x x x x 1000/day free
UserAgentStringCom http x x x x x free unlimited
WhatIsMyBrowserCom http x x 500/month free

Local providers

Local providers are (most time) faster then HTTP providers and dont require a working internet connection. But you need to update them yourself from time to time, to make sure you detect the latest UAs

  • BrowscapFull
  • BrowscapLite
  • BrowscapPhp
  • DonatjUAParser
  • JenssegersAgent
  • PiwikDeviceDetector
  • SinergiBrowserDetector
  • UAParser
  • WhichBrowser
  • Woothee
  • Zsxsoft

HTTP providers (API)

HTTP providers are simple to use, since you need only an API key to get started. But they require (always) a working internet connection.

  • Http\DeviceAtlasCom
  • Http\FiftyOneDegreesCom
  • Http\NeutrinoApiCom
  • Http\UdgerCom
  • Http\UserAgentApiCom
  • Http\UserAgentStringCom (no API key required)
  • Http\WhatIsMyBrowserCom

Comparison matrix

Here is a comparison matrix, with many analyzed UserAgent strings, to help you device which provider fits your needs. Every provider has it's strengh and weakness, so it will depend on your need, which one you should use.

Go to the comparison

Overview

Single provider

require 'vendor/autoload.php';

use UserAgentParser\Provider;

$userAgent = 'Mozilla/5.0 (iPod; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_5 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8J2 Safari/6533.18.5';

$provider = new Provider\PiwikDeviceDetector();

/* @var $result \UserAgentParser\Model\UserAgent */
$result = $provider->parse($userAgent);
// optional add all headers, to improve the result further
// $result = $provider->parse($userAgent, getallheaders());

$result->getBrowser()->getName(); // Mobile Safari
$result->getOperatingSystem()->getName(); // iOS
$result->getDevice()->getBrand(); // iPod Touch
$result->getDevice()->getBrand(); // Apple
$result->getDevice()->getType(); // portable media player

$resultArray = $result->toArray();

Chain provider

This is very useful to improve your results. The chain provider starts with the first provider and checks if there is a result, if not it takes the next one and so on. If none of them have a result, it will throw a NoResultException like a single provider.

require 'vendor/autoload.php';

use UserAgentParser\Provider;

$userAgent = 'Mozilla/5.0 (iPod; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_5 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8J2 Safari/6533.18.5';

$chain = new Provider\Chain([
    new Provider\PiwikDeviceDetector(),
    new Provider\WhichBrowser(),
    new Provider\UAParser(),
    new Provider\Woothee(),
    new Provider\DonatjUAParser()
]);

/* @var $result \UserAgentParser\Model\UserAgent */
$result = $chain->parse($userAgent);
// optional add all headers, to improve the result further (used currently only by WhichBrowser)
//$result = $chain->parse($userAgent, getallheaders());

$result->getBrowser()->getName(); // Mobile Safari

$result->getOperatingSystem()->getName(); // iOS

$result->getDevice()->getBrand(); // iPod Touch
$result->getDevice()->getBrand(); // Apple
$result->getDevice()->getType(); // portable media player

$resultArray = $result->toArray();