Best way to detect Mac OS X or Windows computers with JavaScript or jQuery

So I'm trying to move a "close" button to the left side when the user is on Mac and the right side when the user is on PC. Now I'm doing it by examining the user agent, but it can be too easily spoofed for reliable OS detection. Is there a surefire way to detect whether the OS on which the browser is running is Mac OS X or Windows? If not, what's better than user agent sniffing?



It's as simple as that:

function isMacintosh() {
  return navigator.platform.indexOf('Mac') > -1

function isWindows() {
  return navigator.platform.indexOf('Win') > -1

You can do funny things then like:

var isMac = isMacintosh();
var isPC = !isMacintosh();

Is this what you are looking for? Otherwise, let me know and I will remove this post.

Try this jQuery plugin:


This is based on quirksmode BrowserDetect a wrap for jQuery browser/os detection plugin.

For keen readers:

And more code around the plugin resides here:


Let me know if this works. Way to detect an Apple device (Mac computers, iPhones, etc.) with help from
What is the list of possible values for navigator.platform as of today?

var deviceDetect = navigator.platform;
var appleDevicesArr = ['MacIntel', 'MacPPC', 'Mac68K', 'Macintosh', 'iPhone', 
'iPod', 'iPad', 'iPhone Simulator', 'iPod Simulator', 'iPad Simulator', 'Pike 
v7.6 release 92', 'Pike v7.8 release 517'];

// If on Apple device
if(appleDevicesArr.includes(deviceDetect)) {
    // Execute code
// If NOT on Apple device
else {
    // Execute code

The window.navigator.platform property is not spoofed when the userAgent string is changed. I tested on my Mac if I change the userAgent to iPhone or Chrome Windows, navigator.platform remains MacIntel.

navigator.platform is not spoofed when the userAgent string is changed

The property is also read-only

navigator.platform is read-only

I could came up with the following table

Mac Computers

Mac68K Macintosh 68K system.
MacPPC Macintosh PowerPC system.
MacIntel Macintosh Intel system.

iOS Devices

iPhone iPhone.
iPod iPod Touch.
iPad iPad.

Modern macs returns navigator.platform == "MacIntel" but to give some "future proof" don't use exact matching, hopefully they will change to something like MacARM or MacQuantum in future.

var isMac = navigator.platform.toUpperCase().indexOf('MAC')>=0;

To include iOS that also use the "left side"

var isMacLike = /(Mac|iPhone|iPod|iPad)/i.test(navigator.platform);
var isIOS = /(iPhone|iPod|iPad)/i.test(navigator.platform);

var is_OSX = /(Mac|iPhone|iPod|iPad)/i.test(navigator.platform);
var is_iOS = /(iPhone|iPod|iPad)/i.test(navigator.platform);

var is_Mac = navigator.platform.toUpperCase().indexOf('MAC') >= 0;
var is_iPhone = navigator.platform == "iPhone";
var is_iPod = navigator.platform == "iPod";
var is_iPad = navigator.platform == "iPad";

/* Output */
var out = document.getElementById('out');
if (!is_OSX) out.innerHTML += "This NOT a Mac or an iOS Device!";
if (is_Mac) out.innerHTML += "This is a Mac Computer!\n";
if (is_iOS) out.innerHTML += "You're using an iOS Device!\n";
if (is_iPhone) out.innerHTML += "This is an iPhone!";
if (is_iPod) out.innerHTML += "This is an iPod Touch!";
if (is_iPad) out.innerHTML += "This is an iPad!";
out.innerHTML += "\nPlatform: " + navigator.platform;
<pre id="out"></pre>

Since most O.S. use the close button on the right, you can just move the close button to the left when the user is on a MacLike O.S., otherwise isn't a problem if you put it on the most common side, the right.

setTimeout(test, 1000); //delay for demonstration

function test() {

  var mac = /(Mac|iPhone|iPod|iPad)/i.test(navigator.platform);

  if (mac) {
#window {
  position: absolute;
  margin: 1em;
  width: 300px;
  padding: 10px;
  border: 1px solid gray;
  background-color: #DDD;
  text-align: center;
  box-shadow: 0px 1px 3px #000;
#close {
  position: absolute;
  top: 0px;
  right: 0px;
  width: 22px;
  height: 22px;
  margin: -12px;
  box-shadow: 0px 1px 3px #000;
  background-color: #000;
  border: 2px solid #FFF;
  border-radius: 22px;
  color: #FFF;
  text-align: center;
  font: 14px"Comic Sans MS", Monaco;
  left: 0px;
<div id="window">
  <div id="close">x</div>
  <p>If the "close button" change to the left side</p>
  <p>you're on a Mac like system!</p>


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