51Degrees Device Detection PHP  4.4

Device detection services for 51Degrees Pipeline


This example shows how to use the 51Degrees Cloud service to determine details about a device based on its User-Agent and User-Agent Client Hint HTTP header values.

You will learn:

  1. How to create a Pipeline that uses the 51Degrees cloud service
  2. How to pass input data (evidence) to the Pipeline
  3. How to retrieve the results

This example is available in full on GitHub.

To run this example, you will need to create a resource key. The resource key is used as shorthand to store the particular set of properties you are interested in as well as any associated license keys that entitle you to increased request limits and/or paid-for properties.

You can create a resource key using the 51Degrees Configurator.

Required Composer Dependencies:

  • 51degrees/fiftyone.devicedetection
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require_once(__DIR__ . "/exampleUtils.php");
require_once(__DIR__ . "/../../vendor/autoload.php");
public function run($config, $logger, callable $output)
// In this example, we use the PipelineBuilder and configure it from a file.
// For more information about builders in general see the documentation at
// http://51degrees.com/documentation/_concepts__configuration__builders__index.html
$pipeline = (new PipelineBuilder())
// carry out some sample detections
foreach ($this->evidenceValues as &$values)
$this->analyseEvidence($values, $pipeline, $output);
private function analyseEvidence($evidence, $pipeline, callable $output)
// FlowData is a data structure that is used to convey
// information required for detection and the results of the
// detection through the pipeline.
// Information required for detection is called "evidence"
// and usually consists of a number of HTTP Header field
// values, in this case represented by a dictionary of header
// name/value entries.
$data = $pipeline->createFlowData();
$message = [];
// List the evidence
$message[] = "Input values:";
foreach ($evidence as $key => $value)
$message[] = "\t$key: $value";
$output(implode("\n", $message));
// Add the evidence values to the flow data
// Process the flow data.
$message = [];
$message[] = "Results:";
// Now that it's been processed, the flow data will have
// been populated with the result. In this case, we want
// information about the device, which we can get by
// asking for a result matching named "device"
$device = $data->device;
// Display the results of the detection, which are called
// device properties. See the property dictionary at
// https://51degrees.com/developers/property-dictionary
// for details of all available properties.
$this->outputValue("Mobile Device", $device->ismobile, $message);
$this->outputValue("Platform Name", $device->platformname, $message);
$this->outputValue("Platform Version", $device->platformversion, $message);
$this->outputValue("Browser Name", $device->browsername, $message);
$this->outputValue("Browser Version", $device->browserversion, $message);
$output(implode("\n", $message));
function outputValue($name, $value, &$message)
// Individual result values have a wrapper called
// `AspectPropertyValue`. This functions similarly to
// a null-able type.
// If the value has not been set then trying to access the
// `value` method will throw an exception.
// `AspectPropertyValue` also includes the `no_value_message`
// method, which describes why the value has not been set.
if ($value->hasValue)
$message[] = "\t$name: $value->value";
$message[] = "\t$name: $value->noValueMessage";
// This collection contains the various input values that will
// be passed to the device detection algorithm.
private $evidenceValues = array(
// A User-Agent from a mobile device.
"header.user-agent" =>
"Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 9; SAMSUNG SM-G960U) ".
"AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) ".
"SamsungBrowser/10.1 Chrome/71.0.3578.99 Mobile Safari/537.36"),
// A User-Agent from a desktop device.
"header.user-agent" =>
"Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) ".
"AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) ".
"Chrome/78.0.3904.108 Safari/537.36"),
// Evidence values from a windows 11 device using a browser
// that supports User-Agent Client Hints.
"header.user-agent" =>
"Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) ".
"AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) ".
"Chrome/98.0.4758.102 Safari/537.36",
"header.sec-ch-ua-mobile" => "?0",
"header.sec-ch-ua" =>
"\" Not A; Brand\";v=\"99\", \"Chromium\";v=\"98\", ".
"\"Google Chrome\";v=\"98\"",
"header.sec-ch-ua-platform" => "\"Windows\"",
"header.sec-ch-ua-platform-version" => "\"14.0.0\"")
// Only declare and call the main function if this is being run directly.
// This prevents main from being run where examples are run as part of
// PHPUnit tests.
if (basename(__FILE__) == basename($_SERVER["SCRIPT_FILENAME"]))
function main($argv)
// Use the command line args to get the resource key if present.
// Otherwise, get it from the environment variable.
$resourceKey = isset($argv) && count($argv) > 0 ? $argv[0] : ExampleUtils::getResourceKey();
// Configure a logger to output to the console.
$logger = new Logger("info");
// Load the configuration file
$config = json_decode(file_get_contents(__DIR__."/gettingStartedConsole.json"), true);
// Get the resource key setting from the config file.
$resourceKeyFromConfig = ExampleUtils::getResourceKeyFromConfig($config);
$configHasKey = empty($resourceKeyFromConfig) == false && strpos($resourceKeyFromConfig, "!!") !== 0;
// If no resource key is specified in the config file then override it with the key
// from the environment variable / command line.
if ($configHasKey === false)
ExampleUtils::setResourceKeyInConfig($config, $resourceKey);
if (empty($resourceKey) == false)
(new GettingStartedConsole())->run($config, $logger, ['ExampleUtils', 'output']);
"No resource key specified in environment variable " .
"'".ExampleUtils::RESOURCE_KEY_ENV_VAR."'. The 51Degrees " .
"cloud service is accessed using a 'ResourceKey'. " .
"For more detail see " .
"http://51degrees.com/documentation/4.3/_info__resource_keys.html. " .
"A resource key with the properties required by this " .
"example can be created for free at " .
"https://configure.51degrees.com/g3gMZdPY. " .
"Once complete, populated the environment variable " .
"mentioned at the start of this message with the key.");
main(isset($argv) ? array_slice($argv, 1) : null);