Have Safari always use different user agent for a certain website

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by AlsoKnownAs, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. AlsoKnownAs macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2010
    Hi all,

    My university for some reason decided to start blocking Safari users on OS X from visiting the blackboard site where all my course information is posted. I am able to surpass this block by choosing a different user agent such as Internet Explorer, Chrome or even Safari iOS in the develop menu but it's annoying to always have to do this.
    Does anybody here know of a way to have Safari always use a certain user agent when accessing this website?

  2. Quotenfrau macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2011
    I don't think that a university blocks based on User-Agent. That would be a real scandal. Maybe site not compatible with Safari? IE only amateur programmer?

    Did you try Firefox and Chrome?
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    You can read here how to setup a KB shortcut to switch it when you want.

    I thought I saw a Safari extension once to do what you want, but now I can't find it. :confused:
  4. AlsoKnownAs thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2010
    The website used to work fine on Safari but they recently blocked it. When I try to visit it now I get a page that says the website is unavailable for Safari users because a bug in the browser caused a large amount of stress on their servers. Changing the user agent doesn't send you to this page and you can use the website like usual.
    Using another browser works as well but I prefer Safari.

    Thanks! Thats very helpful.

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