Detecting Device Type Using LiteDeviceResolver

Example of browser\’s device type detection using DeviceResolver & LiteDeviceResolver classes of spring device detection library in Java Servlet application.


In Java web application many time we need to check client device type like normal PC, mobile or tablet device. For this spring has very good library for spring-based application. But that library can also be used in normal servlet application.

Library name is spring-mobile-device.x.x.x.x.jar and you can download from here.

Maven entry


Now in you application you can get device type using HttpServletRequest object input as given below.

protected void doGet(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response) throws ServletException, IOException {
    // TODO Auto-generated method stub
    DeviceResolver resolver = new LiteDeviceResolver();
    Device device = resolver.resolveDevice(request);
    String deviceType = "unknown";
    if (device.isNormal()) {
        deviceType = "normal";
    } else if (device.isMobile()) {
        deviceType = "mobile";
    } else if (device.isTablet()) {
        deviceType = "tablet";
    response.getOutputStream().print("Hello " + deviceType + " browser!");

public interface DeviceResolver

Service interface for resolving Devices that originate web requests with the application.

Here is output