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Browser Information for SilverStripe

A small module for detecting the browser name, version, operating system and device type through the browser user agent and exposing methods for controllers.


  • SilverStripe 3 or higher


The module automatically extends all Controllers to have two methods:


Both returning a Browser class which wraps the browser name, version, operating system and device type.

Browser Name


The browser name is crude but will return one of the following:

  • ie
  • firefox
  • chrome
  • safari
  • netscape
  • opera
  • konqueror
  • unknown

Browser Version


The browser version will return a string value in the format of "X.X", just the major and minor version numbers if present.

Operating System


The operating system will return one of the following values:

  • linux
  • macintosh
  • windows
  • ios
  • android
  • unknown



Device detects whether the browser is either a handheld or a screen device (mobile/tablet or desktop/laptop) and will return the following values:

  • screen
  • handheld



Detects the browser rendering engine and will return the following values:

  • gecko
  • webkit
  • trident
  • presto


When the module is included in your SilverStripe directory structure, the module, through extension, will expose a browser attribute for use in templates:

<html class="$Browser">

Will be evaluated to something like:

<html class="macintosh firefox firefox22 screen gecko">