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a browser detector

A Browser detector. Because sometimes, there is no other way, and not even good modern browsers always provide good feature detection mechanisms.

So... it works like this:

if (bowser.msie && bowser.version <= 6) {
  alert('Hello China');

We don't save built script in the repo anymore. The main file (src/bowser.js) is available through NPM or Bower. Also you can download minified file from the release page.

browser = require('bowser').browser; becomes bowser = require('bowser');

Use it to get object with detected flags of your current browser.

Use it to get object with detected flags from User Agent string.

Use it to check if browser is supported. In default non-strict mode any browser family not present in minVersions will pass the check (like Chrome in the third call in the sample bellow). When strict mode is enabled then any not specified browser family in minVersions will cause check to return false (in the sample it is the fourth call, the last one).

 * in case of using IE10
bowser.check({msie: "11"});  // true 
bowser.check({msie: "9.0"}); // false 
 * specific user agent
bowser.check({chrome: "45"}, window.navigator.userAgent); // true 
 * but false in strict mode
bowser.check({chrome: "45"}, true, window.navigator.userAgent); // false 

Use it to compare two versions.

bowser.compareVersions(['9.0', '10']);
// -1 

Use it to check if browser is unsupported.

bowser.isUnsupportedBrowser({msie: "10"}, window.navigator.userAgent);
// true / false 

See more examples in tests.

Your mileage may vary, but these flags should be set. See Contributing below.

alert('Hello ' + + ' ' + bowser.version);

These flags are set for all detected browsers:

  • name - A human readable name for this browser. E.g. 'Chrome', ''
  • version - Version number for the browser. E.g. '32.0'

For unknown browsers, Bowser makes a best guess from the UA string. So, these may not be set.

If detected, one of these flags may be set to true:

  • webkit - Chrome 0-27, Android <4.4, iOs, BB, etc.
  • blink - Chrome >=28, Android >=4.4, Opera, etc.
  • gecko - Firefox, etc.
  • msie - IE <= 11
  • msedge - IE > 11

Safari, Chrome and some other minor browsers will report that they have webkit engines. Firefox and Seamonkey will report that they have gecko engines.

if (bowser.webkit) {
  // do stuff with safari & chrome & opera & android & blackberry & webos & silk 

If detected, one of these flags may be set to true:

  • mobile - All detected mobile OSes are additionally flagged mobile, unless it's a tablet
  • tablet - If a tablet device is detected, the flag tablet is set instead of mobile.

If detected, one of these flags may be set to true. The rendering engine flag is shown in []'s:

  • chrome - [webkit|blink]
  • firefox - [gecko]
  • msie
  • msedge
  • safari - [webkit]
  • android - native browser - [webkit|blink]
  • ios - native browser - [webkit]
  • opera - [blink if >=15]
  • samsungBrowser - [blink]
  • phantom - [webkit]
  • blackberry - native browser - [webkit]
  • webos - native browser - [webkit]
  • silk - Amazon Kindle browser - [webkit]
  • bada - [webkit]
  • tizen - [webkit]
  • seamonkey - [gecko]
  • sailfish - [gecko]
  • ucbrowser — [webkit]
  • qupzilla — [webkit]
  • vivaldi — [blink]
  • sleipnir — [blink]
  • kMeleon — [gecko]

For all detected browsers the browser version is set in the version field.

If detected, one of these flags may be set to true:

  • mac
  • windows - other than Windows Phone
  • windowsphone
  • linux - other than android, chromeos, webos, tizen, and sailfish
  • chromeos
  • android
  • ios - also sets one of iphone/ipad/ipod
  • blackberry
  • firefoxos
  • webos - may also set touchpad
  • bada
  • tizen
  • sailfish

osversion may also be set:

  • osversion - for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, WebOS, Bada, and Tizen. If included in UA string.

iOS is always reported as ios and additionally as iphone/ipad/ipod, whichever one matches best. If WebOS device is an HP TouchPad the flag touchpad is additionally set.

One of these flags may be set:

  • a - This browser has full capabilities
  • c - This browser has degraded capabilities. Serve simpler version
  • x - This browser has minimal capabilities and is probably not well detected.

There is no b. For unknown browsers, none of these flags may be set.


  "bowser": "x.x.x"
if (require('bowser').chrome) {
  alert('Hello Silicon Valley')

If you'd like to contribute a change to bowser, modify the files in src/, then run the following (you'll need node + npm installed):

$ npm install
$ make test

Please do not check-in the built files bowser.js and bowser.min.js in pull requests.

See the list in src/useragents.js with example user agents and their expected bowser object.

Whenever you add support for new browsers or notice a bug / mismatch, please update the list and check if all tests are still passing.

Licensed as MIT. All rights not explicitly granted in the MIT license are reserved. See the included LICENSE file for more details.