Python – Parsing HTTP User-Agent string


What is the best method to parse a User-Agent string in Python to reliably detect

  1. Browser
  2. Browser version
  3. OS

Or perhaps any helper library that does it

Best Solution

I finally decided to write my own, and I am happy with the outcome. Please feel free to use/modify/send me patches, etc.

It's here:

Usage example:

>>> import httpagentparser
>>> s = "Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) \
        Chrome/5.0.307.11 Safari/532.9"
>>> print(httpagentparser.simple_detect(s))
('Linux', 'Chrome 5.0.307.11')
>>> print(httpagentparser.detect(s))
{'os': {'name': 'Linux'},
 'browser': {'version': '5.0.307.11', 'name': 'Chrome'}}

>>> s = "Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.3.5; en-in; HTC_DesireS_S510e Build/GRJ90) \
        AppleWebKit/533.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/533.1"
>>> print(httpagentparser.simple_detect(s))
('Android Linux 2.3.5', 'Safari 4.0')
>>> print(httpagentparser.detect(s))
{'dist': {'version': '2.3.5', 'name': 'Android'},
'os': {'name': 'Linux'},
'browser': {'version': '4.0', 'name': 'Safari'}}