Robots.txt parsing library, with full support for every directive and specification.

v2.1.0 2021-04-10 16:59 UTC

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Robots.txt parser

An easy to use, extensible robots.txt parser library with full support for literally every directive and specification on the Internet.


Usage cases:

  • Permission checks
  • Fetch crawler rules
  • Sitemap discovery
  • Host preference
  • Dynamic URL parameter discovery
  • robots.txt rendering


(compared to most other robots.txt libraries)

  • Automatic robots.txt download. (optional)
  • Integrated Caching system. (optional)
  • Crawl Delay handler.
  • Documentation available.
  • Support for literally every single directive, from every specification.
  • HTTP Status code handler, according to Google's spec.
  • Dedicated User-Agent parser and group determiner library, for maximum accuracy.
  • Provides additional data like preferred host, dynamic URL parameters, Sitemap locations, etc.
  • Protocols supported: HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, SFTP and FTP/S.



The recommended way to install the robots.txt parser is through Composer. Add this to your composer.json file:

  "require": {
    "vipnytt/robotstxtparser": "^2.1"

Then run: php composer update

Getting started

Basic usage example

$client = new vipnytt\RobotsTxtParser\UriClient('');

if ($client->userAgent('MyBot')->isAllowed('')) {
    // Access is granted
if ($client->userAgent('MyBot')->isDisallowed('')) {
    // Access is denied

A small excerpt of basic methods

// Syntax: $baseUri, [$statusCode:int|null], [$robotsTxtContent:string], [$encoding:string], [$byteLimit:int|null]
$client = new vipnytt\RobotsTxtParser\TxtClient('', 200, $robotsTxtContent);

// Permission checks
$allowed = $client->userAgent('MyBot')->isAllowed(''); // bool
$denied = $client->userAgent('MyBot')->isDisallowed(''); // bool

// Crawl delay rules
$crawlDelay = $client->userAgent('MyBot')->crawlDelay()->getValue(); // float | int

// Dynamic URL parameters
$cleanParam = $client->cleanParam()->export(); // array

// Preferred host
$host = $client->host()->export(); // string | null
$host = $client->host()->getWithUriFallback(); // string
$host = $client->host()->isPreferred(); // bool

// XML Sitemap locations
$host = $client->sitemap()->export(); // array

The above is just a taste the basics, a whole bunch of more advanced and/or specialized methods are available for almost any purpose. Visit the cheat-sheet for the technical details.

Visit the Documentation for more information.