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Eric Gero
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I have a very simple web browser written in Java. It uses a URLConnection and JEditorPane. I would like to mask the "user-agent" header property that the browser reports. Currently the "user-agent" displays as "Java/1.5.0_07" and some websites think it is a crawler. Any ideas on where I should look? I have tried setting System properties, and URLConnection properties, but it hasn't helped.

Joe Ess

Joined: Oct 29, 2001
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Have a look at Jakarta Commons HttpClient. It exposes the headers so you can set the user-agent.

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Eric Gero
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Thank you, I will have to dig into it a little, but from the website, it appears to be exactly what I need.
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