Nginx Redirect Mobile / Smart Phone Traffic To Mobile Version Of the Web Site

Iam a new nginx user and I would like to redirect all mobile / smart phone users from http://www.example.com to m.example.com domain. How do I detect a mobile phone browser in nginx? How do I redirect all mobile users to sub-domain using regex based rules? How can I automatically redirects visitors on mobile devices to its mobile version at http://m.example.com/ and also allow mobile devices to the desktop website at http://www.example.com if visiting via http://www.example.com/?desktop=true?
You can easily redirect all mobile users using nginx as follows:
 

  1. m.example.com – Mobile domain name. Make sure app is configured to display same page as served on http://www.example.com
  2. All desktop clients need to use http://www.example.com. However, m.example.com i.e. all mobile phone user can browser desktop version if visiting via http://www.example.com/?desktop=true
  3. Make sure line Disallow: /*? added to /robots.txt on http://www.example.com
  4. /robots.txt – It is a good idea to block all bots on m.example.com. This ensures that mobile users will see lightweight page; but all bots refer to your main site. This is SEO feature. Sample /robots.txt for m.example.com
User-agent: *
Disallow: /

From the robots.org page:

The “User-agent: *” means this section applies to all robots. The “Disallow: /” tells the robot that it should not visit any pages on the site. Bad robots can ignore your /robots.txt. Especially malware robots that scan the web for security vulnerabilities, and email address harvesters used by spammers will pay no attention. However, good robots such as Googlebot will follow your /robots.txt file.

Sample /robots.txt for www.example.com:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /*?

Nginx configurations

Edit the nginx.conf file and append the following after server directive:

 
set $mobile_rewrite do_not_perform;

## chi http_user_agent for mobile / smart phones ##
if ($http_user_agent ~* "(android|bb\d+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada\/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)\/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up\.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows (ce|phone)|xda|xiino") {
  set $mobile_rewrite perform;
}

if ($http_user_agent ~* "^(1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s\-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|\-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw\-(n|u)|c55\/|capi|ccwa|cdm\-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd\-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc\-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|\-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(\-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf\-5|g\-mo|go(\.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd\-(m|p|t)|hei\-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs\-c|ht(c(\-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i\-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |\-|\/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |\/)|klon|kpt |kwc\-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|\/(k|l|u)|50|54|\-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1\-w|m3ga|m50\/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m\-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(\-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)\-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|\-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn\-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt\-g|qa\-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|\-[2-7]|i\-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55\/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h\-|oo|p\-)|sdk\/|se(c(\-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh\-|shar|sie(\-|m)|sk\-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h\-|v\-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl\-|tdg\-|tel(i|m)|tim\-|t\-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m\-|m3|m5)|tx\-9|up(\.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|\-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(\-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas\-|your|zeto|zte\-)") {
  set $mobile_rewrite perform;
}

## redirect to m.example.com ##
if ($mobile_rewrite = perform) {
  rewrite ^ http://m.example.com$request_uri? redirect;
  break;
}

Adding exceptions

You can allow user to browse and view desktop version of your site if url hashttp://www.example.com/?desktop=true. You can set cookie as follows:

 
set $force_dt_cookie  "";

if ($args ~ 'desktop=true') {
  set $mobile_rewrite do_not_perform;
  set $force_dt_cookie  "desktop=true";
}

add_header Set-Cookie $force_dt_cookie;

if ($http_cookie ~ 'desktop=true') {
  set $mobile_rewrite do_not_perform;
}

Save and close the file. Restart or reload the nginx server, enter:
# /usr/sbin/nginx -s reload
OR
# /etc/init.d/nginx reload

Test it

Use the curl command as follows to see redirection:

 
curl -I -A "UserAgentString" http://www.example.com
curl -I -A "Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420+ (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/1A543a Safari/419.3" http://www.example.com
curl -I -A "Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420+ (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/1A543a Safari/419.3" 'http://www.example.com/?desktop=true'
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