How does a User Agent work?
The User-Agent header contains information about the client that is sending a request to a server. On the other side, this header allows a server to know what kind of client it is dealing with.
In the most basic terms, the User-Agent or client identifier is a string of characters that identifies the requesting entity. Every HTTP request contains this header so that the web server can identify and classify each request and client.
So basically, a User Agent is the same concept as a IP address but with detailed information about who made the request.
What are the benefits of using a User Agent?
By identifying a device or client, it is possible to understand what type of device or software is being used to access your website. This way, you can know if your website is accessible from mobile phones or not.
A user agent can also help you detect malicious traffic coming from bots and spiders. This way, you can block malicious requests from being sent to your web server and prevent attacks on your website.
Furthermore, through its identification data, you can determine how much bandwidth your website is using in real-time. This way you can regulate the traffic in your web server properly and optimize it as needed.
Finally, a user agent can indicate to you if your website is receiving fraudulent visits from search engine bots that do not comply with your robots.txt file rules or other directives. This way, you can fix those mistakes and improve your SEO rankings.
How can an API help?
Applications that use user-agent detection rely on the fact that different types of devices have different types of user agents. By detecting these differences and examining the incoming requests, these applications are able to determine exactly what device is requesting information from them.
This is important because it allows sites to offer special functionality that is tailored specifically to mobile devices or certain types of desktop computers. It also allows sites to block certain types of requests from certain types of devices in order to prevent malicious activity from occurring on their servers.
So yes, if you have no idea what user agent you want to use in your projects, this API will solve everything for you! You will not waste time configuring the details before starting scraping or testing!
Generate random User Agents with this API for your projects. Be able to scrape or access any website as the User Agent of your choice.
To make use of it, you must first:
1- Go to User Agent Generator API and simply click on the button “Subscribe for free” to start using the API.
2- After signing up in Zyla API Hub, you’ll be given your personal API key. Using this one-of-a-kind combination of numbers and letters, you’ll be able to use, connect, and manage APIs!
3- Employ the different API endpoints depending on what you are looking for.
4- Once you meet your needed endpoint, make the API call by pressing the button “run” and see the results on your screen.