How to detect Safari, Chrome, IE, Firefox and Opera browser?

How to detect Safari, Chrome, IE, Firefox and Opera browser?

I have 5 addons/extensions for FF, Chrome, IE, Opera, and Safari.
How can I recognize the user browser and redirect (once an install button has been clicked) to download the corresponding addon?

Solutions/Answers:

Solution 1:

Googling for browser reliable detection often results in checking the User agent string. This method is not reliable, because it’s trivial to spoof this value.
I’ve written a method to detect browsers by duck-typing.

Only use the browser detection method if it’s truly necessary, such as showing browser-specific instructions to install an extension. Use feature detection when possible.

Demo: https://jsfiddle.net/6spj1059/

// Opera 8.0+
var isOpera = (!!window.opr && !!opr.addons) || !!window.opera || navigator.userAgent.indexOf(' OPR/') >= 0;

// Firefox 1.0+
var isFirefox = typeof InstallTrigger !== 'undefined';

// Safari 3.0+ "[object HTMLElementConstructor]" 
var isSafari = /constructor/i.test(window.HTMLElement) || (function (p) { return p.toString() === "[object SafariRemoteNotification]"; })(!window['safari'] || (typeof safari !== 'undefined' && safari.pushNotification));

// Internet Explorer 6-11
var isIE = /*@cc_on!@*/false || !!document.documentMode;

// Edge 20+
var isEdge = !isIE && !!window.StyleMedia;

// Chrome 1 - 71
var isChrome = !!window.chrome && (!!window.chrome.webstore || !!window.chrome.runtime);

// Blink engine detection
var isBlink = (isChrome || isOpera) && !!window.CSS;


var output = 'Detecting browsers by ducktyping:<hr>';
output += 'isFirefox: ' + isFirefox + '<br>';
output += 'isChrome: ' + isChrome + '<br>';
output += 'isSafari: ' + isSafari + '<br>';
output += 'isOpera: ' + isOpera + '<br>';
output += 'isIE: ' + isIE + '<br>';
output += 'isEdge: ' + isEdge + '<br>';
output += 'isBlink: ' + isBlink + '<br>';
document.body.innerHTML = output;

Analysis of reliability

The previous method depended on properties of the rendering engine (-moz-box-sizing and -webkit-transform) to detect the browser. These prefixes will eventually be dropped, so to make detection even more robust, I switched to browser-specific characteristics:

  • Internet Explorer: JScript’s Conditional compilation (up until IE9) and document.documentMode.
  • Edge: In Trident and Edge browsers, Microsoft’s implementation exposes the StyleMedia constructor. Excluding Trident leaves us with Edge.
  • Firefox: Firefox’s API to install add-ons: InstallTrigger
  • Chrome: The global chrome object, containing several properties including a documented chrome.webstore object.
    • Update 3 chrome.webstore is deprecated and undefined in recent versions
  • Safari: A unique naming pattern in its naming of constructors. This is the least durable method of all listed properties and guess what? In Safari 9.1.3 it was fixed. So we are checking against SafariRemoteNotification, which was introduced after version 7.1, to cover all Safaris from 3.0 and upwards.
  • Opera: window.opera has existed for years, but will be dropped when Opera replaces its engine with Blink + V8 (used by Chromium).
    • Update 1: Opera 15 has been released, its UA string looks like Chrome, but with the addition of “OPR”. In this version the chrome object is defined (but chrome.webstore isn’t). Since Opera tries hard to clone Chrome, I use user agent sniffing for this purpose.
    • Update 2: !!window.opr && opr.addons can be used to detect Opera 20+ (evergreen).
  • Blink: CSS.supports() was introduced in Blink once Google switched on Chrome 28. It’s of course, the same Blink used in Opera.

Successfully tested in:

  • Firefox 0.8 – 61
  • Chrome 1.0 – 71
  • Opera 8.0 – 34
  • Safari 3.0 – 10
  • IE 6 – 11
  • Edge – 20-42

Updated in November 2016 to include detection of Safari browsers from 9.1.3 and upwards

Updated in August 2018 to update the latest successful tests on chrome, firefox IE and edge.

Updated in January 2019 to fix chrome detection (because of the window.chrome.webstore deprecation) and include the latest successful tests on chrome.

Solution 2:

You can try following way to check Browser version.

    <!DOCTYPE html>
    <html>
    <body>
    <p>What is the name(s) of your browser?</p>
    <button onclick="myFunction()">Try it</button>
    <p id="demo"></p>
    <script>

    function myFunction() { 
     if((navigator.userAgent.indexOf("Opera") || navigator.userAgent.indexOf('OPR')) != -1 ) 
    {
        alert('Opera');
    }
    else if(navigator.userAgent.indexOf("Chrome") != -1 )
    {
        alert('Chrome');
    }
    else if(navigator.userAgent.indexOf("Safari") != -1)
    {
        alert('Safari');
    }
    else if(navigator.userAgent.indexOf("Firefox") != -1 ) 
    {
         alert('Firefox');
    }
    else if((navigator.userAgent.indexOf("MSIE") != -1 ) || (!!document.documentMode == true )) //IF IE > 10
    {
      alert('IE'); 
    }  
    else 
    {
       alert('unknown');
    }
    }
    </script>

    </body>
    </html>

And if you need to know only IE Browser version then you can follow below code. This code works well for version IE6 to IE11

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<body>

<p>Click on Try button to check IE Browser version.</p>

<button onclick="getInternetExplorerVersion()">Try it</button>

<p id="demo"></p>

<script>
function getInternetExplorerVersion() {
   var ua = window.navigator.userAgent;
        var msie = ua.indexOf("MSIE ");
        var rv = -1;

        if (msie > 0 || !!navigator.userAgent.match(/Trident.*rv\:11\./))      // If Internet Explorer, return version number
        {               

            if (isNaN(parseInt(ua.substring(msie + 5, ua.indexOf(".", msie))))) {
                //For IE 11 >
                if (navigator.appName == 'Netscape') {
                    var ua = navigator.userAgent;
                    var re = new RegExp("Trident/.*rv:([0-9]{1,}[\.0-9]{0,})");
                    if (re.exec(ua) != null) {
                        rv = parseFloat(RegExp.$1);
                        alert(rv);
                    }
                }
                else {
                    alert('otherbrowser');
                }
            }
            else {
                //For < IE11
                alert(parseInt(ua.substring(msie + 5, ua.indexOf(".", msie))));
            }
            return false;
        }}
</script>

</body>
</html>

Solution 3:

I know it may be overkill to use a lib for that, but just to enrich the thread, you could check is.js way of doing this:

is.firefox();
is.ie(6);
is.not.safari();

Solution 4:

In case anyone finds this useful, I’ve made Rob W’s answer into a function that returns the browser string rather than having multiple variables floating about. Since the browser also can’t really change without loading all over again, I’ve made it cache the result to prevent it from needing to work it out the next time the function is called.

/**
 * Gets the browser name or returns an empty string if unknown. 
 * This function also caches the result to provide for any 
 * future calls this function has.
 *
 * @returns {string}
 */
var browser = function() {
    // Return cached result if avalible, else get result then cache it.
    if (browser.prototype._cachedResult)
        return browser.prototype._cachedResult;

    // Opera 8.0+
    var isOpera = (!!window.opr && !!opr.addons) || !!window.opera || navigator.userAgent.indexOf(' OPR/') >= 0;

    // Firefox 1.0+
    var isFirefox = typeof InstallTrigger !== 'undefined';

    // Safari 3.0+ "[object HTMLElementConstructor]" 
    var isSafari = /constructor/i.test(window.HTMLElement) || (function (p) { return p.toString() === "[object SafariRemoteNotification]"; })(!window['safari'] || safari.pushNotification);

    // Internet Explorer 6-11
    var isIE = /*@cc_on!@*/false || !!document.documentMode;

    // Edge 20+
    var isEdge = !isIE && !!window.StyleMedia;

    // Chrome 1+
    var isChrome = !!window.chrome && !!window.chrome.webstore;

    // Blink engine detection
    var isBlink = (isChrome || isOpera) && !!window.CSS;

    return browser.prototype._cachedResult =
        isOpera ? 'Opera' :
        isFirefox ? 'Firefox' :
        isSafari ? 'Safari' :
        isChrome ? 'Chrome' :
        isIE ? 'IE' :
        isEdge ? 'Edge' :
        isBlink ? 'Blink' :
        "Don't know";
};

console.log(browser());

Solution 5:

Here are several prominent libraries that handle browser detection as of May 2019.

Bowser by lancedikson – 3,761★s – Last updated May 26, 2019 – 4.8KB

var result = bowser.getParser(window.navigator.userAgent);
console.log(result);
document.write("You are using " + result.parsedResult.browser.name +
               " v" + result.parsedResult.browser.version + 
               " on " + result.parsedResult.os.name);
<script src="https://unpkg.com/bowser@2.4.0/es5.js"></script>

*supports Edge based on Chromium


Platform.js by bestiejs – 2,250★s – Last updated Oct 30, 2018 – 5.9KB

console.log(platform);
document.write("You are using " + platform.name +
               " v" + platform.version + 
               " on " + platform.os);
<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/platform/1.3.5/platform.min.js"></script>

jQuery Browser by gabceb – 504★s – Last updated Nov 23, 2015 – 1.3KB

console.log($.browser)
document.write("You are using " + $.browser.name +
               " v" + $.browser.versionNumber + 
               " on " + $.browser.platform);
<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.1.1/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/jquery-browser/0.1.0/jquery.browser.min.js"></script>

Detect.js (Archived) by darcyclarke – 522★s – Last updated Oct 26, 2015 – 2.9KB

var result = detect.parse(navigator.userAgent);
console.log(result);
document.write("You are using " + result.browser.family +
               " v" + result.browser.version + 
               " on " + result.os.family);
<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/Detect.js/2.2.2/detect.min.js"></script>

Browser Detect (Archived) by QuirksMode – Last updated Nov 14, 2013 – 884B

console.log(BrowserDetect)
document.write("You are using " + BrowserDetect.browser +
               " v" + BrowserDetect.version + 
               " on " + BrowserDetect.OS);
<script src="https://kylemit.github.io/libraries/libraries/BrowserDetect.js"></script>

Notable Mentions:

  • WhichBrowser – 1,355★s – Last updated Oct 2, 2018
  • Modernizr – 23,397★s – Last updated Jan 12, 2019 – To feed a fed horse, feature detection should drive any canIuse style questions. Browser detection is really just for providing customized images, download files, or instructions for individual browsers.

Further Reading

Solution 6:

Here’s a 2016 adjusted version of Rob’s answer, including Microsoft Edge and detection of Blink:

(edit: I updated Rob’s answer above with this information.)

// Opera 8.0+ (UA detection to detect Blink/v8-powered Opera)
isOpera = !!window.opera || navigator.userAgent.indexOf(' OPR/') >= 0;
// Firefox 1.0+
isFirefox = typeof InstallTrigger !== 'undefined';
// Safari 3.0+
isSafari = /constructor/i.test(window.HTMLElement) || (function (p) { return p.toString() === "[object SafariRemoteNotification]"; })(!window['safari'] || safari.pushNotification);
// Internet Explorer 6-11
isIE = /*@cc_on!@*/false || !!document.documentMode;
// Edge 20+
isEdge = !isIE && !!window.StyleMedia;
// Chrome 1+
isChrome = !!window.chrome && !!window.chrome.webstore;
// Blink engine detection
isBlink = (isChrome || isOpera) && !!window.CSS;

/* Results: */
console.log("isOpera", isOpera);
console.log("isFirefox", isFirefox);
console.log("isSafari", isSafari);
console.log("isIE", isIE);
console.log("isEdge", isEdge);
console.log("isChrome", isChrome);
console.log("isBlink", isBlink);

The beauty of this approach is that it relies on browser engine properties, so it covers even derivative browsers, such as Yandex or Vivaldi, which are practically compatible with the major browsers whose engines they use. The exception is Opera, which relies on user agent sniffing, but today (i.e. ver. 15 and up) even Opera is itself only a shell for Blink.