User Agent detection for Ruby. ActionController integration coming soon.
(NOTE: Should we change the project's name? Please visit the Issues to chime in.)
There are quite a few User Agent parsing libraries already, but none of them make adequate detection of mobile browsers and clients. With such a significant number of requests coming from mobile users a library with the ability to detect what type of device a user is coming from is necessary.
This library for Ruby will allow you to detect whether a user is on a computer, a mobile device, or is a bot (such as Google). It was composed by using techniques gathered from several other libraries/gems in an effort to be consistent and cover as many types of agents as possible.
Stable, but needs improvement.
This library does detect the requesting user (device, platform, os, framework, and browser with versions) and now has some rpsec tests. While it is stable and no large restructuring is planned, it can use some optimizations and improvements to the detection algorithms. The techniques currently in place are rather simple, and not perfect (for example, it is currently confused if it sees both Chrome and Safari in user agent string, and doesn't pick based on order of appearance). If you'd like to help, please contact me.
gem install agent_orange
If you're going to use it with Rails then add the gem to your Gemfile.
Create new user agent parser
>> ua = AgentOrange::UserAgent.new(user_agent_string)
Looking at the device
>> device = ua.device => "Mobile" >> device.type => "mobile" >> device.name => "Mobile" >> device.version => nil
Check to see if the device is mobile, a desktop/laptop/server computer, or a bot
>> device.is_mobile? => true >> device.is_computer? => false >> device.is_bot? => false
Use the proxies to check if the user is on a mobile device
>> ua.is_mobile? => true
Looking at the platform
>> platform = ua.device.platform => "iPhone" >> platform.type => "iphone" >> platform.name => "iPhone" >> platform.version => "3GS"
Looking at the operating system
>> os = ua.device.operating_system => "iPhone OS 4.3" >> os.type => "iphone_os" >> os.name => "iPhone OS" >> os.version => "4.3"
Looking at the web engine
>> engine = ua.device.engine => "WebKit 5.3" >> engine.type => "webkit" >> engine.name => "WebKit" >> engine.version => "184.108.40.2061"
Looking at the browser
>> browser = ua.device.engine.browser => "Internet Explorer 10" >> browser.type => "ie" >> browser.name => "Internet Explorer" >> browser.version => "10.0.112"
Quickly get to the browser version
>> AgentOrange::UserAgent.new(user_agent_string).device.engine.browser.version => "10.0.112"
General Class Definition
This is not up to date or a reflection of the actual class structure. This will be updated eventually.
device parse is_computer? # proxy is_mobile? # proxy is_bot? # proxy to_s
parse type name version is_computer?(name=nil) # is_mobile?(name=nil) # accepts a :symbol or "String" is_bot?(name=nil) # to_s
parse type name version to_s
parse major minor patch_level build_number to_s
A warm thank you to all contributors to the project, who have put effort and time into making this gem more useful.
David Rice (@davidjrice) - RSpec tests and bug fixes.
Joshua Siler (@eatenbyagrue) - Bot detection, initial test, and bug fixes.
Alexander Rozumiy (@brain-geek) - Rspec testing for 1.9, updated travis-ci config, updated useragents to test against.
Joe Lencioni (@lencioni) - Improved bot detection.
Todd Huss (@thuss) of Two Bit Labs (@twobitlabs) - Google Mobile crawler detection as mobile and bot.
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