By capri


2012-06-27 04:47:56 8 Comments

I have tried using the code below but it only display results in Chrome and Mozilla not working in IE6.

<div id="example"></div>

<script type="text/javascript">

txt = "<p>Browser CodeName: " + navigator.appCodeName + "</p>";
txt+= "<p>Browser Name: " + navigator.appName + "</p>";
txt+= "<p>Browser Version: " + navigator.appVersion + "</p>";
txt+= "<p>Cookies Enabled: " + navigator.cookieEnabled + "</p>";
txt+= "<p>Platform: " + navigator.platform + "</p>";
txt+= "<p>User-agent header: " + navigator.userAgent + "</p>";

document.getElementById("example").innerHTML=txt;

</script>

Output:

Browser CodeName: Mozilla

Browser Name: Netscape

Browser Version: 5.0 (Windows)

Cookies Enabled: true

Platform: Win32

User-agent header: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:12.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/12.0

I need to get the version "Firefox/12.0" only.

10 comments

@frablaser 2020-07-23 04:48:11

To get the new Microsoft Edge based on a Mozilla core add:

else if ((verOffset=nAgt.indexOf("Edg"))!=-1) {
 browserName = "Microsoft Edge";
 fullVersion = nAgt.substring(verOffset+5);
}

before

// In Chrome, the true version is after "Chrome" 
else if ((verOffset=nAgt.indexOf("Chrome"))!=-1) {
 browserName = "Chrome";
 fullVersion = nAgt.substring(verOffset+7);
}

@Saran Rts 2020-01-03 10:35:05

Code to detect the operating system of an user

let os = navigator.userAgent.slice(13).split(';')
os = os[0]
console.log(os)
Windows NT 10.0

@D. Awesome 2019-08-16 15:13:45

I wasn't able to get some of the other answers to work on Chrome, Firefox, IE11, and Edge with the same code. I came up with the below and it appears to work for those browsers listed above. I also wanted to see what OS the user was on. I haven't tested this against a browser with user overridden User-Agent settings, so mileage may vary. The order of the IFs is important for this to work correctly.

let os, osStore, bStore, appVersion, browser;
// Chrome
if(navigator.vendor === "Google Inc."){
    appVersion = navigator.appVersion.split(" ");
    os = [appVersion[1],appVersion[2],appVersion[3],appVersion[4],appVersion[5]].join(" ");
    os = os.split("(")[1].split(")")[0]
    browser = appVersion[appVersion.length-2].split("/").join(" ");
    console.log("Browser:",browser,"- OS:",os);
}

// Safari
else if(navigator.vendor === "Apple Computer, Inc."){
    appVersion = navigator.appVersion.split(" ");
    os = [appVersion[1],appVersion[2],appVersion[3],appVersion[4],appVersion[5]].join(" ");
    os = os.split("(")[1].split(")")[0];
    browser = appVersion[appVersion.length-1].split("/").join(" ");
    console.log("Browser:",browser,"- OS:",os);
}

// Firefox is seems the only browser with oscpu
else if(navigator.oscpu){
    bStore = navigator.userAgent.split("; ").join("-").split(" ");
    browser = bStore[bStore.length-1].replace("/"," ");
    osStore = [bStore[1],bStore[2],bStore[3]].join(" ");
    osStore = osStore.split("-");
    osStore.pop(osStore.lastIndexOf)
    osStore = osStore.join(" ").split("(");
    os = osStore[1];
    console.log("Browser:",browser,"- OS:",os);
}

// IE is seems the only browser with cpuClass
// MSIE 11:10 Mode
else if(navigator.appName === "Microsoft Internet Explorer"){
    bStore = navigator.appVersion.split("; ");
    browser = bStore[1]+" / "+bStore[4].replace("/"," ");
    os = [bStore[2],bStore[3]].join(" ");
    console.log("Browser:",browser,"- OS:",os);
}

// MSIE 11
else if(navigator.cpuClass){
    bStore = navigator.appVersion.split("; ");
    osStore = [bStore[0],bStore[1]].join(" ");
    os = osStore.split("(")[1];
    browser = "MSIE 11 "+bStore[2].split("/").join(" ");
    console.log("Browser:",browser,"- OS:",os);
}

// Edge
else if(navigator.appVersion){
    browser = navigator.appVersion.split(" ");
    browser = browser[browser.length -1].split("/").join(" ");
    os = navigator.appVersion.split(")")[0].split("(")[1];
    console.log("Browser:",browser,"- OS:",os);
}

// Other browser
else {
    console.log(JSON.stringify(navigator));
}

@hims056 2012-06-27 05:00:46

Detecting browser's details:

var nVer = navigator.appVersion;
var nAgt = navigator.userAgent;
var browserName  = navigator.appName;
var fullVersion  = ''+parseFloat(navigator.appVersion); 
var majorVersion = parseInt(navigator.appVersion,10);
var nameOffset,verOffset,ix;

// In Opera, the true version is after "Opera" or after "Version"
if ((verOffset=nAgt.indexOf("Opera"))!=-1) {
 browserName = "Opera";
 fullVersion = nAgt.substring(verOffset+6);
 if ((verOffset=nAgt.indexOf("Version"))!=-1) 
   fullVersion = nAgt.substring(verOffset+8);
}
// In MSIE, the true version is after "MSIE" in userAgent
else if ((verOffset=nAgt.indexOf("MSIE"))!=-1) {
 browserName = "Microsoft Internet Explorer";
 fullVersion = nAgt.substring(verOffset+5);
}
// In Chrome, the true version is after "Chrome" 
else if ((verOffset=nAgt.indexOf("Chrome"))!=-1) {
 browserName = "Chrome";
 fullVersion = nAgt.substring(verOffset+7);
}
// In Safari, the true version is after "Safari" or after "Version" 
else if ((verOffset=nAgt.indexOf("Safari"))!=-1) {
 browserName = "Safari";
 fullVersion = nAgt.substring(verOffset+7);
 if ((verOffset=nAgt.indexOf("Version"))!=-1) 
   fullVersion = nAgt.substring(verOffset+8);
}
// In Firefox, the true version is after "Firefox" 
else if ((verOffset=nAgt.indexOf("Firefox"))!=-1) {
 browserName = "Firefox";
 fullVersion = nAgt.substring(verOffset+8);
}
// In most other browsers, "name/version" is at the end of userAgent 
else if ( (nameOffset=nAgt.lastIndexOf(' ')+1) < 
          (verOffset=nAgt.lastIndexOf('/')) ) 
{
 browserName = nAgt.substring(nameOffset,verOffset);
 fullVersion = nAgt.substring(verOffset+1);
 if (browserName.toLowerCase()==browserName.toUpperCase()) {
  browserName = navigator.appName;
 }
}
// trim the fullVersion string at semicolon/space if present
if ((ix=fullVersion.indexOf(";"))!=-1)
   fullVersion=fullVersion.substring(0,ix);
if ((ix=fullVersion.indexOf(" "))!=-1)
   fullVersion=fullVersion.substring(0,ix);

majorVersion = parseInt(''+fullVersion,10);
if (isNaN(majorVersion)) {
 fullVersion  = ''+parseFloat(navigator.appVersion); 
 majorVersion = parseInt(navigator.appVersion,10);
}

document.write(''
 +'Browser name  = '+browserName+'<br>'
 +'Full version  = '+fullVersion+'<br>'
 +'Major version = '+majorVersion+'<br>'
 +'navigator.appName = '+navigator.appName+'<br>'
 +'navigator.userAgent = '+navigator.userAgent+'<br>'
)

Source JavaScript: browser name.
See JSFiddle to detect Browser Details.

Detecting OS:

// This script sets OSName variable as follows:
// "Windows"    for all versions of Windows
// "MacOS"      for all versions of Macintosh OS
// "Linux"      for all versions of Linux
// "UNIX"       for all other UNIX flavors 
// "Unknown OS" indicates failure to detect the OS

var OSName="Unknown OS";
if (navigator.appVersion.indexOf("Win")!=-1) OSName="Windows";
if (navigator.appVersion.indexOf("Mac")!=-1) OSName="MacOS";
if (navigator.appVersion.indexOf("X11")!=-1) OSName="UNIX";
if (navigator.appVersion.indexOf("Linux")!=-1) OSName="Linux";

document.write('Your OS: '+OSName);

source JavaScript: OS detection.
See JSFiddle to detect OS Details.

    var nVer = navigator.appVersion;
    var nAgt = navigator.userAgent;
    var browserName  = navigator.appName;
    var fullVersion  = ''+parseFloat(navigator.appVersion); 
    var majorVersion = parseInt(navigator.appVersion,10);
    var nameOffset,verOffset,ix;
    
    // In Opera, the true version is after "Opera" or after "Version"
    if ((verOffset=nAgt.indexOf("Opera"))!=-1) {
     browserName = "Opera";
     fullVersion = nAgt.substring(verOffset+6);
     if ((verOffset=nAgt.indexOf("Version"))!=-1) 
       fullVersion = nAgt.substring(verOffset+8);
    }
    // In MSIE, the true version is after "MSIE" in userAgent
    else if ((verOffset=nAgt.indexOf("MSIE"))!=-1) {
     browserName = "Microsoft Internet Explorer";
     fullVersion = nAgt.substring(verOffset+5);
    }
    // In Chrome, the true version is after "Chrome" 
    else if ((verOffset=nAgt.indexOf("Chrome"))!=-1) {
     browserName = "Chrome";
     fullVersion = nAgt.substring(verOffset+7);
    }
    // In Safari, the true version is after "Safari" or after "Version" 
    else if ((verOffset=nAgt.indexOf("Safari"))!=-1) {
     browserName = "Safari";
     fullVersion = nAgt.substring(verOffset+7);
     if ((verOffset=nAgt.indexOf("Version"))!=-1) 
       fullVersion = nAgt.substring(verOffset+8);
    }
    // In Firefox, the true version is after "Firefox" 
    else if ((verOffset=nAgt.indexOf("Firefox"))!=-1) {
     browserName = "Firefox";
     fullVersion = nAgt.substring(verOffset+8);
    }
    // In most other browsers, "name/version" is at the end of userAgent 
    else if ( (nameOffset=nAgt.lastIndexOf(' ')+1) < 
              (verOffset=nAgt.lastIndexOf('/')) ) 
    {
     browserName = nAgt.substring(nameOffset,verOffset);
     fullVersion = nAgt.substring(verOffset+1);
     if (browserName.toLowerCase()==browserName.toUpperCase()) {
      browserName = navigator.appName;
     }
    }
    // trim the fullVersion string at semicolon/space if present
    if ((ix=fullVersion.indexOf(";"))!=-1)
       fullVersion=fullVersion.substring(0,ix);
    if ((ix=fullVersion.indexOf(" "))!=-1)
       fullVersion=fullVersion.substring(0,ix);
    
    majorVersion = parseInt(''+fullVersion,10);
    if (isNaN(majorVersion)) {
     fullVersion  = ''+parseFloat(navigator.appVersion); 
     majorVersion = parseInt(navigator.appVersion,10);
    }
    
    document.write(''
     +'Browser name  = '+browserName+'<br>'
     +'Full version  = '+fullVersion+'<br>'
     +'Major version = '+majorVersion+'<br>'
     +'navigator.appName = '+navigator.appName+'<br>'
     +'navigator.userAgent = '+navigator.userAgent+'<br>'
    )

    // This script sets OSName variable as follows:
    // "Windows"    for all versions of Windows
    // "MacOS"      for all versions of Macintosh OS
    // "Linux"      for all versions of Linux
    // "UNIX"       for all other UNIX flavors 
    // "Unknown OS" indicates failure to detect the OS
    
    var OSName="Unknown OS";
    if (navigator.appVersion.indexOf("Win")!=-1) OSName="Windows";
    if (navigator.appVersion.indexOf("Mac")!=-1) OSName="MacOS";
    if (navigator.appVersion.indexOf("X11")!=-1) OSName="UNIX";
    if (navigator.appVersion.indexOf("Linux")!=-1) OSName="Linux";
    
    document.write('Your OS: '+OSName);

@John Odom 2014-08-01 15:12:31

Do you know where I could find all the possible values of appVersion? Well all the possible OS values that appVersion uses?

@Domi 2015-03-15 06:20:12

@JohnOdom New systems, (e.g. the upcoming Steam box) probably have their own names; and existing systems might change their names or shorthands. You will never be up-to-date, unless you use some sort of global database to get that information from; since this is entirely proprietary. Maybe some day, Google, W3 etc. will offer an API to crowdsource and make publicly available all the different system names and their relations that they gather from their users.

@parth.hirpara 2015-09-17 07:17:08

verOffset=nAgt.indexOf("Opera"))!=-1. This won't work for Opera 20 and above.

@parth.hirpara 2015-09-17 07:24:44

For opera you can use this condition ---> (verOffset=nAgt.indexOf("Opera"))!=-1 || (nVendor != undefined && (nVendor.indexOf("Opera"))!=-1 && (verOffset=nAgt.indexOf("OPR"))!=-1)

@Elmue 2015-12-04 17:35:10

This code from 2012 it not up to date anymore. It would be very nice if you could update it. Opera does not report "Opera" anymore. It uses "OPR" now instead. And since Internet Explorer 11 the string "MSIE" is not present anymore. Additionally the detection of Edge is missing.

@Elmue 2015-12-04 21:31:42

Shouldn't the platform "X11" be returned as "Linux" instead ?

@Dee 2015-12-30 09:41:32

for detecting OS is more suitable navigator.platform object

@Fruit 2016-07-31 09:58:29

This OS detection cause trouble in Android Studio download page because Firefox (Fedora Linux) merely return "5.0 (X11)" when query navigator.appVersion, no such "Linux" term, and they didn't check for X11 at all because no support to UNIX.

@Mohan Singh 2019-02-04 13:42:24

Unable to detect Edge.

@James Boutcher 2019-03-12 15:48:11

This Javascript is out of date. Reports Edge and IE 11 as "Netscape 5". Suggest using a maintained library for this functionality like github.com/faisalman/ua-parser-js

@Nisal Edu 2017-01-25 06:48:42

To detect operating system using JavaScript it is better to use navigator.userAgent instead of navigator.appVersion

{
  var OSName = "Unknown OS";
  if (navigator.userAgent.indexOf("Win") != -1) OSName = "Windows";
  if (navigator.userAgent.indexOf("Mac") != -1) OSName = "Macintosh";
  if (navigator.userAgent.indexOf("Linux") != -1) OSName = "Linux";
  if (navigator.userAgent.indexOf("Android") != -1) OSName = "Android";
  if (navigator.userAgent.indexOf("like Mac") != -1) OSName = "iOS";
  console.log('Your OS: ' + OSName);
}

@Systems Rebooter 2017-11-07 15:50:02

Upvoting. Also, it would be very helpful if you could explain why exactly its better :) Also, seems like 'UNIX / X11' missed.

@Nisal Edu 2017-11-07 16:49:00

@SystemsRebooter Thanks for the comment you can add those as others.

@Jeremy Bader 2018-10-18 21:33:10

great answer, this was very helpful

@vusan 2012-08-30 09:15:39

For Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Internet Explorer and Safari

var ua="Mozilla/1.22 (compatible; MSIE 10.0; Windows 3.1)";
//ua = navigator.userAgent;
var b;
var browser;
if(ua.indexOf("Opera")!=-1) {

    b=browser="Opera";
}
if(ua.indexOf("Firefox")!=-1 && ua.indexOf("Opera")==-1) {
    b=browser="Firefox";
    // Opera may also contains Firefox
}
if(ua.indexOf("Chrome")!=-1) {
    b=browser="Chrome";
}
if(ua.indexOf("Safari")!=-1 && ua.indexOf("Chrome")==-1) {
    b=browser="Safari";
    // Chrome always contains Safari
}

if(ua.indexOf("MSIE")!=-1 && (ua.indexOf("Opera")==-1 && ua.indexOf("Trident")==-1)) {
    b="MSIE";
    browser="Internet Explorer";
    //user agent with MSIE and Opera or MSIE and Trident may exist.
}

if(ua.indexOf("Trident")!=-1) {
    b="Trident";
    browser="Internet Explorer";
}

// now for version


var version=ua.match(b+"[ /]+[0-9]+(.[0-9]+)*")[0];

console.log("broswer",browser);
console.log("version",version);

@Daniel_Madain 2015-08-13 16:48:34

add this to the console in chrome and got "Safari/537.36"

@Carlos Jimenez Bermudez 2017-02-21 15:30:52

This will fail in chrome and possibly in other browsers. Since the UserAgent string isn't a fully reliable resource. Browser vendors often include misleading pieces of information in it.

@timaschew 2016-01-16 10:00:19

There is a library for this purpose: https://github.com/bestiejs/platform.js#readme

Then you can use it this way

// example 1
platform.os; // 'Windows Server 2008 R2 / 7 x64'

// example 2 on an iPad
platform.os; // 'iOS 5.0'

// you can also access on the browser and some other properties
platform.name; // 'Safari'
platform.version; // '5.1'
platform.product; // 'iPad'
platform.manufacturer; // 'Apple'
platform.layout; // 'WebKit'

// or use the description to put all together
platform.description; // 'Safari 5.1 on Apple iPad (iOS 5.0)'

@Ideogram 2018-05-12 05:44:55

Note that from all al the links to github-libraries in the answers here, this library seems to be the most up-to-date (Writing in May 2018, with the last commit '3 months ago')

@Domi 2015-03-15 06:32:30

I'm sad to say: We are sh*t out of luck on this one.

I'd like to refer you to the author of WhichBrowser: Everybody lies.

Basically, no browser is being honest. No matter if you use Chrome or IE, they both will tell you that they are "Mozilla Netscape" with Gecko and Safari support. Try it yourself on any of the fiddles flying around in this thread:

hims056's fiddle

Hariharan's fiddle

or any other... Try it with Chrome (which might still succeed), then try it with a recent version of IE, and you will cry. Of course, there are heuristics, to get it all right, but it will be tedious to grasp all the edge cases, and they will very likely not work anymore in a year's time.

Take your code, for example:

<div id="example"></div>
<script type="text/javascript">
txt = "<p>Browser CodeName: " + navigator.appCodeName + "</p>";
txt+= "<p>Browser Name: " + navigator.appName + "</p>";
txt+= "<p>Browser Version: " + navigator.appVersion + "</p>";
txt+= "<p>Cookies Enabled: " + navigator.cookieEnabled + "</p>";
txt+= "<p>Platform: " + navigator.platform + "</p>";
txt+= "<p>User-agent header: " + navigator.userAgent + "</p>";
document.getElementById("example").innerHTML=txt;
</script>

Chrome says:

Browser CodeName: Mozilla

Browser Name: Netscape

Browser Version: 5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/40.0.2214.115 Safari/537.36

Cookies Enabled: true

Platform: Win32

User-agent header: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/40.0.2214.115 Safari/537.36

IE says:

Browser CodeName: Mozilla

Browser Name: Netscape

Browser Version: 5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/7.0; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; Media Center PC 6.0; .NET4.0C; .NET4.0E; InfoPath.3; rv:11.0) like Gecko

Cookies Enabled: true

Platform: Win32

User-agent header: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/7.0; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; Media Center PC 6.0; .NET4.0C; .NET4.0E; InfoPath.3; rv:11.0) like Gecko

At least Chrome still has a string that contains "Chrome" with the exact version number. But, for IE you must extrapolate from the things it supports to actually figure it out (who else would boast that they support .NET or Media Center :P), and then match it against the rv: at the very end to get the version number. Of course, even such sophisticated heuristics might very likely fail as soon as IE 12 (or whatever they want to call it) comes out.

@Rajkishor Sahu 2015-08-26 14:36:48

Its displaying Chrome for Opera browser.

@Philipp 2020-05-23 15:57:46

some of those properties are "kept for backward compatibility", e.g. all browsers will return "Netscape" for navigator.appNamedeveloper.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/NavigatorID

@Hariharan G R 2015-01-28 10:08:59

Try this one..

// Browser with version  Detection
navigator.sayswho= (function(){
    var N= navigator.appName, ua= navigator.userAgent, tem;
    var M= ua.match(/(opera|chrome|safari|firefox|msie)\/?\s*(\.?\d+(\.\d+)*)/i);
    if(M && (tem= ua.match(/version\/([\.\d]+)/i))!= null) M[2]= tem[1];
    M= M? [M[1], M[2]]: [N, navigator.appVersion,'-?'];
    return M;
})();

var browser_version          = navigator.sayswho;
alert("Welcome to " + browser_version);

check out the working fiddle ( here )

@leopic 2012-06-27 04:55:51

PPK's script is THE authority for this kind of things, as @Jalpesh said, this might point you in the right way

var wn = window.navigator,
        platform = wn.platform.toString().toLowerCase(),
        userAgent = wn.userAgent.toLowerCase(),
        storedName;

// ie
    if (userAgent.indexOf('msie',0) !== -1) {
        browserName = 'ie';
        os = 'win';
        storedName = userAgent.match(/msie[ ]\d{1}/).toString();
        version = storedName.replace(/msie[ ]/,'');

        browserOsVersion = browserName + version;
    }

Taken from https://github.com/leopic/jquery.detectBrowser.js/blob/sans-jquery/jquery.detectBrowser.sansjQuery.js

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