How can you detect the version of a browser?

05/11/2020 11:00:01

I've been searching around for code that would let me detect if the user visiting the website has Firefox 3 or 4. All I have found is code to detect the type of browser but not the version.

How can I detect the version of a browser like this?

Verified Answer (501 Votes)

05/07/2011 07:39:46

You can see what the browser says, and use that information for logging or testing multiple browsers.

navigator.sayswho= (function(){
    var ua= navigator.userAgent, tem, 
    M= ua.match(/(opera|chrome|safari|firefox|msie|trident(?=\/))\/?\s*(\d+)/i) || [];
    if(/trident/i.test(M[1])){
        tem=  /\brv[ :]+(\d+)/g.exec(ua) || [];
        return 'IE '+(tem[1] || '');
    }
    if(M[1]=== 'Chrome'){
        tem= ua.match(/\b(OPR|Edge)\/(\d+)/);
        if(tem!= null) return tem.slice(1).join(' ').replace('OPR', 'Opera');
    }
    M= M[2]? [M[1], M[2]]: [navigator.appName, navigator.appVersion, '-?'];
    if((tem= ua.match(/version\/(\d+)/i))!= null) M.splice(1, 1, tem[1]);
    return M.join(' ');
})();

console.log(navigator.sayswho); // outputs: `Chrome 62`

501

Answer #2 (202 Votes)

06/05/2013 16:15:31

This is an improvement on Kennebec's answer.

function get_browser() {
    var ua=navigator.userAgent,tem,M=ua.match(/(opera|chrome|safari|firefox|msie|trident(?=\/))\/?\s*(\d+)/i) || []; 
    if(/trident/i.test(M[1])){
        tem=/\brv[ :]+(\d+)/g.exec(ua) || []; 
        return {name:'IE',version:(tem[1]||'')};
        }   
    if(M[1]==='Chrome'){
        tem=ua.match(/\bOPR|Edge\/(\d+)/)
        if(tem!=null)   {return {name:'Opera', version:tem[1]};}
        }   
    M=M[2]? [M[1], M[2]]: [navigator.appName, navigator.appVersion, '-?'];
    if((tem=ua.match(/version\/(\d+)/i))!=null) {M.splice(1,1,tem[1]);}
    return {
      name: M[0],
      version: M[1]
    };
 }

var browser=get_browser(); // browser.name = 'Chrome'
                           // browser.version = '40'

console.log(browser);

This way you can shield yourself from the obscurity of the code.

202

Answer #3 (53 Votes)

06/28/2016 20:13:47

This combines kennebec's (K) answer with Hermann Ingjaldsson's (H) answer:

  • Maintains original answer's minimal code. (K)
  • Works with Microsoft Edge (K)
  • Extends the navigator object instead of creating a new variable/object. (K)
  • Separates browser version and name into independent child objects. (H)

 

navigator.browserSpecs = (function(){
    var ua = navigator.userAgent, tem, 
        M = ua.match(/(opera|chrome|safari|firefox|msie|trident(?=\/))\/?\s*(\d+)/i) || [];
    if(/trident/i.test(M[1])){
        tem = /\brv[ :]+(\d+)/g.exec(ua) || [];
        return {name:'IE',version:(tem[1] || '')};
    }
    if(M[1]=== 'Chrome'){
        tem = ua.match(/\b(OPR|Edge)\/(\d+)/);
        if(tem != null) return {name:tem[1].replace('OPR', 'Opera'),version:tem[2]};
    }
    M = M[2]? [M[1], M[2]]: [navigator.appName, navigator.appVersion, '-?'];
    if((tem = ua.match(/version\/(\d+)/i))!= null)
        M.splice(1, 1, tem[1]);
    return {name:M[0], version:M[1]};
})();

console.log(navigator.browserSpecs); //Object { name: "Firefox", version: "42" }

if (navigator.browserSpecs.name == 'Firefox') {
    // Do something for Firefox.
    if (navigator.browserSpecs.version > 42) {
        // Do something for Firefox versions greater than 42.
    }
}
else {
    // Do something for all other browsers.
}
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