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Java API

What's Covered

This tutorial illustrates the basic use of the 51Degrees API. It will show you how to create a provider, how to create a dataset and how to obtain a value for the IsMobile property.

Code and Explanation

Getting started example of using 51Degrees device detection. The example shows how to:

  1. Instantiate 51Degrees detection provider
          provider = new Provider(StreamFactory.create(
          Shared.getLitePatternV32(), false));
  2. Pass in a single HTTP User-Agent header
          Match match = provider.match(userAgent);
  3. Extract the value of the IsMobile Property


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    // Device detection provider which takes User-Agents and returns matches.
    protected final Provider provider;
    // User-Agent string of a iPhone mobile device.
    protected final String mobileUserAgent = "Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone "
            + "OS 7_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/537.51.2 (KHTML, like Gecko) "
            + "Version/7.0 Mobile/11D167 Safari/9537.53";
    // User-Agent string of Firefox Web browser of version 41 used on desktop.
    protected final String desktopUserAgent = "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.3; "
            + "WOW64; rv:41.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/41.0";
    // User-Agent string of a MediaHub device.
    protected final String mediaHubUserAgent = "Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 4.4"
            + ".2; X7 Quad Core Build/KOT49H) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like "
            + "Gecko) Version/4.0 Chrome/ Safari/537.36";
     * Initialises the device detection Provider with the included Lite data
     * file. For more data see: 
     * <a href="https://51degrees.com/compare-data-options">compare data options
     * </a>
     * @throws IOException can be thrown if there is a problem reading from the 
     * provided data file.
    public GettingStarted() throws IOException {
        provider = new Provider(StreamFactory.create(
                Shared.getLitePatternV32(), false));
     * Matches provided User-Agent string and returns IsMobile property value.
     * Detection initiated by invoking {@link Provider#match(java.lang.String)}.
     * Detection results are then stored in the {@link Match} object and can be 
     * accessed using the {@code Match.getValues("PropertyName")} method.
     * @param userAgent HTTP User-Agent string.
     * @return String with value for IsMobile property for a given User-Agent.
     * @throws IOException if there is a problem accessing the data file.
    public String detect(String userAgent) throws IOException {
        Match match = provider.match(userAgent);
        return match.getValues("IsMobile").toString();
     * Main entry point for this example. For each of the User-Agents defined 
     * in this class: 
     * <ol>
     * <li>invokes {@link #detect(java.lang.String)} method; and
     * <li>prints results.
     * </ol>
     * Result in this case will be either True or False, depending on whether 
     * the User-Agent belongs to a mobile device or a non-mobile device.
     * @param args command line arguments, not used.
     * @throws java.io.IOException if there is a problem accessing the data file 
     * that will be used for device detection.
    public static void main(String[] args) throws IOException {
        System.out.println("Starting GettingStarted example.");
        GettingStarted gs = new GettingStarted();
        try {
            System.out.println("Mobile User-Agent: " + gs.mobileUserAgent);
            System.out.println("IsMobile: " + gs.detect(gs.mobileUserAgent));
            System.out.println("Desktop User-Agent: " + gs.desktopUserAgent);
            System.out.println("IsMobile: " + gs.detect(gs.desktopUserAgent));
            System.out.println("MediaHub User-Agent: " + gs.mediaHubUserAgent);
            System.out.println("IsMobile: " + gs.detect(gs.mediaHubUserAgent));
        } finally {
     * Closes the {@link fiftyone.mobile.detection.Dataset} by releasing data 
     * file readers and freeing the data file from locks. This method should 
     * only be used when the {@code Dataset} is no longer required, i.e. when 
     * device detection functionality is no longer required, or the data file 
     * needs to be freed.
     * @throws IOException if there is a problem accessing the data file.
    public void close() throws IOException {

Full Source File


In this tutorial you have seen how to use the detector to retrieve the IsMobile property for a pre-defined User-Agent string. The example can easily be modified to retrieve the value of any other property. Premium and Enterprise data files provide considerably more properties such as IsCrawler, PriceBand, HardwareVendor and ScreenInchesWidth. For a full list of properties and the data file versions they exist in please see the Property Dictionary.