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Mobile device detection in Nginx with just 7 lines of configuration
### Testing if the client is a mobile or a desktop.
### The selection is based on the usual UA strings for desktop browsers.
## Testing a user agent using a method that reverts the logic of the
## UA detection. Inspired by notnotmobile.appspot.com.
map $http_user_agent $is_desktop {
default 0;
~*linux.*android|windows\s+(?:ce|phone) 0; # exceptions to the rule
~*spider|crawl|slurp|bot 1; # bots
~*windows|linux|os\s+x\s*[\d\._]+|solaris|bsd 1; # OSes
}
## Revert the logic.
map $is_desktop $is_mobile {
1 0;
0 1;
}
@perusio
Owner

I've updated the directive to support IE9 on Windows Phone.

@perusio
Owner

Added the bot detection.

@passani

The following is a reference to an open (but not open source) solution provided by my company to detect mobile devices (or any kind of HTTP client in fact) through NGINX.

http://www.scientiamobile.com/blog/post/view/id/25/title/HTTP-and-Mobile%3A-The-Missing-Header-

I figured that companies looking for a professionally supported solution in this space may want to know about it.

Thanks

Luca

@umgeher

Thanks!

@hackingman

Would you please give an usage example?

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