User Agent Spoofing on OSX Safari

There are many applications for spoofing user-agents on web browsers. Most solutions from Firefox or Chrome utilize plug-ins to achieve this. Safari on OSX has the ability to perform this feature in the application itself.

  1. Under Preferences->Advanced, check the box for ‘Show Develop menu in menu bar’
  2. In the new Develop Menubar, select User Agent->Other

If you want to simulate browsing with an iPad which uses the same WebKit rendering engine, you can customize the user agent string to be something like:

This will deliver the same viewing experience as the iPad, prompting things like mobile versions for websites.

For more information, see Apple’s Tech Note here.

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