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by Jiří {x2} Činčura

Identification of Kindle browser

8 Sep 2010 1 mins Amazon Kindle

New Kindle 3 has also new browser. It’s based on WebKit and I have to say, it’s noticeably better than the previous one. The browsing, if the page is focused on text, is really pleasant.

However if you’re webmaster or simply some website owner you might be wondering how the browser in Kindle identifies itself when accessing your page. Probably because you may consider showing mobile version of your site or you just wanna know how many visitors are accessing your page from Kindle.

Well, it’s:

Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; en-US) AppleWebKit/528.5+ (KHTML, like Gecko, Safari/528.5+) Version/4.0 Kindle/3.0 (screen 600x800; rotate)

with current latest firmware (515460094). Exactly same identification is sent when the screen is in landscape mode.

Profile Picture Jiří Činčura is .NET, C# and Firebird expert. He focuses on data and business layers, language constructs, parallelism, databases and performance. For almost two decades he contributes to open-source, i.e. FirebirdClient. He works as a senior software engineer for Microsoft. Frequent speaker and blogger at