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browscaps get OS version

Posted on 2012-03-12
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I can get the browser info as follows

Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10_6_3; en-us; Silk/1.0.13.81_10003810) AppleWebKit/533.16 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0 Safari/533.16 Silk-Accelerated=true

but, when I use the browscap.ini I only get that it is XYZ browser on a Mac OS X.  I want to know what version of the OS is installed.
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by:Ray Paseur
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When you write, I can get the browser info as follows how do you get this information?

Please use var_dump() to print the output from the browscap instructions and post it here, thanks.
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by:lvmllc
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two examples - the first is capable of identifying the version of Mac OS X while the get_browser() does not.


echo $_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT'];
Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.7; rv:10.0.2) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/10.0.2

$browser = get_browser(null,true);
var_dump($browser);

array(28) { ["browser_name_regex"]=> string(53) "^mozilla/5\.0 (.*mac os x.*) gecko/.* firefox/10\..*$" ["browser_name_pattern"]=> string(45) "Mozilla/5.0 (*Mac OS X*) Gecko/* Firefox/10.*" ["parent"]=> string(12) "Firefox 10.0" ["platform"]=> string(6) "MacOSX" ["win32"]=> string(0) "" ["browser"]=> string(7) "Firefox" ["version"]=> string(4) "10.0" ["majorver"]=> string(2) "10" ["frames"]=> string(1) "1" ["iframes"]=> string(1) "1" ["tables"]=> string(1) "1" ["cookies"]=> string(1) "1" ["javascript"]=> string(1) "1" ["javaapplets"]=> string(1) "1" ["cssversion"]=> string(1) "3" ["minorver"]=> string(1) "0" ["alpha"]=> string(0) "" ["beta"]=> string(0) "" ["win16"]=> string(0) "" ["win64"]=> string(0) "" ["backgroundsounds"]=> string(0) "" ["vbscript"]=> string(0) "" ["activexcontrols"]=> string(0) "" ["isbanned"]=> string(0) "" ["ismobiledevice"]=> string(0) "" ["issyndicationreader"]=> string(0) "" ["crawler"]=> string(0) "" ["aolversion"]=> string(1) "0" }
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Ray Paseur earned 300 total points
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OK, I think I understand your question.  The USER_AGENT string is dynamically generated by the client that initiated the request.  The get_browser() function looks up the browser's information in your browscap.ini file; browscap.ini relies on user updates to keep the database current.  Looks like it does not reveal details of the underlying platform.  To quote the BCP
User agent detection is still a long ways away from being 100% accurate...
You may find some useful information at this link.
http://browsers.garykeith.com/stream.asp?PHP_BrowsCapINI

Here is my USER_AGENT
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:10.0.2) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/10.0.2

Looks like the best information you can get is from USER_AGENT.
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