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One problem with User-Agent strings is that they actually don't work for their intended use case. Nothing is stopping user agents from lying about who they are to the server, and many user agents actively do this.

I've been on teams a few times that tried to use UA strings to try to serve up features per-browser. Trying to do this directly falls apart quickly. There are some libraries that handle the most common problems, but that really only delays the inevitable: eventually some critical user is using a browser that you are detecting wrong, and you end up lost in endless hard-coded edge cases. Using UA strings to determine functionality isn't an effective strategy.






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