51Degrees Device Detection PHP  4.4

Device detection services for 51Degrees Pipeline


This example demonstrates device detection using user-agent client hints in a real-world scenario. When a clint-hints-enabled user first visits a website, the server will recieve the sec-ch-ua and sec-ch-ua-mobile headers. Along with the user-agent. This information is then used to determine if the client supports user-agent client hints and request them if needed by setting the Accept-CH header in the response. Clicking the button below will cause a new request to be sent to the server, along with any additional headers that have been requested.

This example shows how a simple device detection pipeline can be built that checks if a provided User-Agent is a mobile device

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 short-hand 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. Make sure to include required User Agent Client Hints Set Header properties which are in the following format, to get full * client-hints functionality. SetHeader[Component name][Response header name]

Expected output:

User Agent Client Hints Example
Select the Use User Agent Client Hints button below, to use User Agent Client Hint headers in evidence for device
Hardware Vendor: Unknown
Hardware Name: Array
Device Type: Desktop
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// First we include the deviceDetectionPipelineBuilder
require(__DIR__ . "/../../vendor/autoload.php");
// We then create a pipeline with the builder. Create your own resource key for free at https://configure.51degrees.com.
// Check if there is a resource key in the environment variable and use
// it if there is one. You will need to switch this for your own resource key.
if (isset($_ENV["RESOURCEKEY"])) {
$resourceKey = $_ENV["RESOURCEKEY"];
else if (isset($_GET['RESOURCEKEY'])) {
$resourceKey = $_GET['RESOURCEKEY'];
else {
$resourceKey = "!!YOUR_RESOURCE_KEY!!";
if ($resourceKey === "!!YOUR_RESOURCE_KEY!!") {
echo "You need to create a resource key at " .
"https://configure.51degrees.com and paste it into the code, " .
"replacing !!YOUR_RESOURCE_KEY!!.";
echo "\n<br/>";
echo "Make sure to include the required properties " .
"used by this example.\n<br />";
$builder = new DeviceDetectionPipelineBuilder(array(
"resourceKey" => $resourceKey
$pipeline = $builder->build();
// We create the flowData object that is used to add evidence to and read
// data from
$flowData = $pipeline->createFlowData();
// We set headers, cookies and more information from the web request
// Now we process the flowData
$device = $flowData->device;
// Some browsers require that extra HTTP headers are explicitly
// requested. So set whatever headers are required by the browser in
// order to return the evidence needed by the pipeline.
// More info on this can be found at
// https://51degrees.com/blog/user-agent-client-hints
// Generate the HTML
echo "<h2>User Agent Client Hints Example</h2>";
echo "
By default, the user-agent, sec-ch-ua and sec-ch-ua-mobile HTTP headers
are sent.
<br />
This means that on the first request, the server can determine the
browser from sec-ch-ua while other details must be derived from the
<br />
If the server determines that the browser supports client hints, then
it may request additional client hints headers by setting the
Accept-CH header in the response.
<br />
Select the <strong>Make second request</strong> button below,
to use send another request to the server. This time, any
additional client hints headers that have been requested
will be included.
<button type='button' onclick='redirect()'>Make second request</button>
// This script will run when button will be clicked and device detection request will again
// be sent to the server with all additional client hints that was requested in the previous
// response by the server.
// Following sequence will be followed.
// 1. User will send the first request to the web server for detection.
// 2. Web Server will return the properties in response based on the headers sent in the request. Along
// with the properties, it will also send a new header field Accept-CH in response indicating the additional
// evidence it needs. It builds the new response header using SetHeader[Component name]Accept-CH properties
// where Component Name is the name of the component for which properties are required.
// 3. When \"Make second request\" button will be clicked, device detection request will again
// be sent to the server with all additional client hints that was requested in the previous
// response by the server.
// 4. Web Server will return the properties based on the new User Agent CLient Hint headers
// being used as evidence.
function redirect() {
sessionStorage.reloadAfterPageLoad = true;
window.onload = function () {
if ( sessionStorage.reloadAfterPageLoad ) {
document.getElementById('description').innerHTML = '<p>The information shown below is determined using <strong>User Agent Client Hints</strong> that was sent in the request to obtain additional evidence. If no additional information appears then it may indicate an external problem such as <strong>User Agent Client Hints</strong> being disabled in your browser.</p>';
sessionStorage.reloadAfterPageLoad = false;
document.getElementById('description').innerHTML = '<p>The following values are determined by sever-side device detection on the first request.</p>';
<div id=\"evidence\">
<strong></br>Evidence values used: </strong>
$evidences = $pipeline->getElement("device")->filterEvidence($flowData);
foreach( $evidences as $key => $value){
if(strpos($key, strtolower("header.sec-ch")) !== false
|| strpos($key, strtolower("header.user-agent")) !== false){
echo"<tr><td>" . strVal($key) . "</td>";
echo "<td>" . strVal($value) . "</td></>";
echo "</table>";
echo "</div>";
echo "<div id=description></div>";
echo "</br><strong>Detection results:</strong></br>";
echo "<div id=\"content\">";
echo "<p>\n";
echo " Hardware Vendor: " . ($device->hardwarevendor->hasValue ? $device->hardwarevendor->value : $device->hardwarevendor->noValueMessage) . "<br />\n";
echo " Hardware Name: " . ($device->hardwarename->hasValue ? implode(",", $device->hardwarename->value) : $device->hardwarename->noValueMessage) . "<br />\n";
echo " Device Type: " . ($device->devicetype->hasValue ? $device->devicetype->value : $device->devicetype->noValueMessage) . "<br />\n";
echo " Platform Vendor: " . ($device->platformvendor->hasValue ? $device->platformvendor->value : $device->platformvendor->noValueMessage) . "<br />\n";
echo " Platform Name: " . ($device->platformname->hasValue ? $device->platformname->value : $device->platformname->noValueMessage) . "<br />\n";
echo " Platform Version: " . ($device->platformversion->hasValue ? $device->platformversion->value : $device->platformversion->noValueMessage) . "<br />\n";
echo " Browser Vendor: " . ($device->browservendor->hasValue ? $device->browservendor->value : $device->browservendor->noValueMessage) . "<br />\n";
echo " Browser Name: " . ($device->browsername->hasValue ? $device->browsername->value : $device->browsername->noValueMessage) . "<br />\n";
echo " Browser Version: " . ($device->browserversion->hasValue ? $device->browserversion->value : $device->browserversion->noValueMessage) . "<br />\n";