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    win-detect-browsers

    6.0.0 • Public • Published

    win-detect-browsers

    Fast and native browser detection on Windows. Detects installed versions of Beaker, Brave, Chrome, Chromium, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Maxthon, Opera, Safari and Yandex.

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    Usage

    If you are upgrading: please see the changelog.

    const detect = require('win-detect-browsers')
     
    // All browsers
    detect(function (err, browsers) {
      if (err) throw err
      console.log(browsers)
    })
     
    // Chrome and Firefox
    detect(['chrome', 'firefox'], function (err, browsers) {
      if (err) throw err
     
      for (let b of browsers) {
        console.log(b.version) // '57.0.2931.0'
        console.log(b.channel) // 'canary'
      }
    })

    API

    detect([names, ]callback)

    names is an array of browser names you want to find. If omitted or empty, it will detect everything. The callback receives an error if any and an array of results. A result is excluded if its path has no .exe extension or if its version could not be read.

    Each result is an object with the following properties:

    • name (string): chrome, chromium, firefox, ie, safari, opera, maxthon or yandex
    • path (string): absolute path to executable
    • version (string)
    • arch (string): CPU type the executable was built for: amd64, i386 or other;
    • info (object): executable metadata (see full sample below).

    Additional properties are usually available but not guaranteed:

    • channel (string):
      • Chrome: stable, canary, beta or dev
      • Firefox: release, developer, nightly or esr
      • Older versions of Firefox: aurora, beta or rc;
      • Opera: stable, beta or developer.

    CLI

    win-detect-browsers [options] [name, name..]
    

    Options:

    • --help -h: Show help
    • --version -v: Show CLI version number
    • --json -j: Print results as JSON array
    • --summary -s: Less properties;
    • --debug -d: Enable debug scope.

    Sample

    On Windows 10 with --summary:

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    IE 11 64-bit
    ├── Path:    C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
    └── Version: 11.0.17134.1
    
    IE 11 32-bit
    ├── Path:    C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
    └── Version: 11.0.17134.1
    
    CHROME 68 CANARY 64-bit
    ├── Path:    C:\Users\vweevers\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome SxS\Application\chrome.exe
    ├── Version: 68.0.3436.0
    └── GUID:    4EA16AC7-FD5A-47C3-875B-DBF4A2008C20
    
    CHROME 66 STABLE 64-bit
    ├── Path:    C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
    ├── Version: 66.0.3359.181
    └── GUID:    8A69D345-D564-463C-AFF1-A69D9E530F96
    
    FIREFOX 61 RELEASE 64-bit
    ├── Path:    C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
    └── Version: 61.0.0.6711
    
    FIREFOX 62 NIGHTLY 64-bit
    ├── Path:    C:\Program Files\Firefox Nightly\firefox.exe
    └── Version: 62.0.0.6712
    
    FIREFOX 61 DEVELOPER 64-bit
    ├── Path:    C:\Program Files\Firefox Developer Edition\firefox.exe
    └── Version: 61.0.0.6711
    
    OPERA 53 BETA 64-bit
    ├── Path:    C:\Program Files\Opera beta\Launcher.exe
    └── Version: 53.0.2907.31
    
    Found 9 browsers in 26 ways within 76ms.
    

    Full Sample

    On Windows 10 with --json:

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    [
      {
        "name": "ie",
        "path": "C:\\Program Files\\Internet Explorer\\iexplore.exe",
        "version": "11.0.17134.1",
        "arch": "amd64",
        "info": {
          "FileVersion": "11.0.17134.1",
          "CompanyName": "Microsoft Corporation",
          "FileDescription": "Internet Explorer",
          "InternalName": "iexplore",
          "LegalCopyright": "© Microsoft Corporation. Alle rechten voorbehouden.",
          "OriginalFilename": "IEXPLORE.EXE.MUI",
          "ProductName": "Internet Explorer",
          "ProductVersion": "11.00.17134.1"
        }
      },
      {
        "name": "ie",
        "path": "C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Internet Explorer\\iexplore.exe",
        "version": "11.0.17134.1",
        "arch": "i386",
        "info": {
          "FileVersion": "11.0.17134.1",
          "CompanyName": "Microsoft Corporation",
          "FileDescription": "Internet Explorer",
          "InternalName": "iexplore",
          "LegalCopyright": "© Microsoft Corporation. Alle rechten voorbehouden.",
          "OriginalFilename": "IEXPLORE.EXE.MUI",
          "ProductName": "Internet Explorer",
          "ProductVersion": "11.00.17134.1"
        }
      },
      {
        "name": "firefox",
        "path": "C:\\Program Files\\Mozilla Firefox\\firefox.exe",
        "version": "61.0.0.6711",
        "channel": "release",
        "arch": "amd64",
        "info": {
          "FileVersion": "61.0.0.6711",
          "LegalCopyright": "©Firefox and Mozilla Developers; available under the MPL 2 license.",
          "CompanyName": "Mozilla Corporation",
          "FileDescription": "Firefox",
          "ProductVersion": "61.0",
          "InternalName": "Firefox",
          "LegalTrademarks": "Firefox is a Trademark of The Mozilla Foundation.",
          "OriginalFilename": "../../dist/bin/firefox.exe",
          "ProductName": "Firefox",
          "BuildID": "20180517141400"
        }
      },
      {
        "name": "firefox",
        "path": "C:\\Program Files\\Firefox Developer Edition\\firefox.exe",
        "version": "61.0.0.6711",
        "channel": "developer",
        "arch": "amd64",
        "info": {
          "FileVersion": "61.0.0.6711",
          "LegalCopyright": "©Firefox and Mozilla Developers; available under the MPL 2 license.",
          "CompanyName": "Mozilla Corporation",
          "FileDescription": "Firefox Developer Edition",
          "ProductVersion": "61.0",
          "InternalName": "Firefox Developer Edition",
          "LegalTrademarks": "Firefox is a Trademark of The Mozilla Foundation.",
          "OriginalFilename": "../../dist/bin/firefox.exe",
          "ProductName": "Firefox Developer Edition",
          "BuildID": "20180517141400"
        }
      },
      {
        "name": "firefox",
        "path": "C:\\Program Files\\Firefox Nightly\\firefox.exe",
        "version": "62.0.0.6712",
        "channel": "nightly",
        "arch": "amd64",
        "info": {
          "FileVersion": "62.0.0.6712",
          "LegalCopyright": "©Firefox and Mozilla Developers; available under the MPL 2 license.",
          "CompanyName": "Mozilla Corporation",
          "FileDescription": "Firefox Nightly",
          "ProductVersion": "62.0a1",
          "InternalName": "Firefox Nightly",
          "LegalTrademarks": "Firefox is a Trademark of The Mozilla Foundation.",
          "OriginalFilename": "firefox.exe",
          "ProductName": "Firefox Nightly",
          "BuildID": "20180518222751"
        }
      },
      {
        "name": "chrome",
        "path": "C:\\Users\\vweevers\\AppData\\Local\\Google\\Chrome SxS\\Application\\chrome.exe",
        "version": "68.0.3436.0",
        "channel": "canary",
        "arch": "amd64",
        "info": {
          "FileVersion": "68.0.3436.0",
          "CompanyName": "Google Inc.",
          "FileDescription": "Google Chrome",
          "InternalName": "chrome_exe",
          "LegalCopyright": "Copyright 2017 Google Inc. All rights reserved.",
          "OriginalFilename": "chrome.exe",
          "ProductName": "Google Chrome",
          "ProductVersion": "68.0.3436.0",
          "CompanyShortName": "Google",
          "ProductShortName": "Chrome",
          "LastChange": "e0f81fe637f233bf12e821915b72bc8d2194c3f2-refs/branch-heads/3436@{#1}",
          "Official Build": "1"
        }
      },
      {
        "name": "chrome",
        "path": "C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Google\\Chrome\\Application\\chrome.exe",
        "version": "66.0.3359.181",
        "channel": "stable",
        "arch": "amd64",
        "info": {
          "FileVersion": "66.0.3359.181",
          "CompanyName": "Google Inc.",
          "FileDescription": "Google Chrome",
          "InternalName": "chrome_exe",
          "LegalCopyright": "Copyright 2017 Google Inc. All rights reserved.",
          "OriginalFilename": "chrome.exe",
          "ProductName": "Google Chrome",
          "ProductVersion": "66.0.3359.181",
          "CompanyShortName": "Google",
          "ProductShortName": "Chrome",
          "LastChange": "a10b9cedb40738cb152f8148ddab4891df876959-refs/branch-heads/3359@{#828}",
          "Official Build": "1"
        }
      },
      {
        "name": "opera",
        "path": "C:\\Program Files\\Opera beta\\Launcher.exe",
        "version": "53.0.2907.31",
        "channel": "beta",
        "arch": "amd64",
        "info": {
          "FileVersion": "53.0.2907.31",
          "LegalCopyright": "Copyright Opera Software 2018",
          "InternalName": "Opera",
          "CompanyName": "Opera Software",
          "ProductName": "Opera beta Internet Browser",
          "ProductVersion": "53.0.2907.31",
          "FileDescription": "Opera beta Internet Browser"
        }
      }
    ]

    Install

    With npm do:

    npm install win-detect-browsers     # For API 
    npm install win-detect-browsers -g  # For CLI 

    Background

    Browser detection on Windows can't be done right. This is the try-everything-and-fail-silently approach. It accounts for architecture differences, normalizes environment variables, tries default locations, searches the registry (in the HKLM and HKCU hives as well as WoW counterparts) (including Start Menu Internet Applications, Google Updater and more), and looks in PATH. Version numbers are then read from the executable metadata.

    browser-launcher by substack has poor Windows support, and it prompted me to create this module. It is now used in browser-launcher2, an active a once active fork of browser-launcher.

    License

    MIT © 2014-present Vincent Weevers.

    Install

    npm i win-detect-browsers

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