Hi Richard,

Yes, we use an User Agent for XYZ requests. The string is exposed in the
settings (Settings → Options → Network). Users can change it. The
default User Agent is "Mozilla/5.0".

Even if the user changes the UserAgent in settings, the string "
QGIS/version" is always added to the User Agent defined. So, the User
Agent is in fact "Mozilla/5.0 QGIS/3.x". See
src/core/qgsnetworkaccessmanager.cpp

  QString userAgent = s.value( QStringLiteral(
"/qgis/networkAndProxy/userAgent" ), "Mozilla/5.0" ).toString();
  if ( !userAgent.isEmpty() )
    userAgent += ' ';
  userAgent += QStringLiteral( "QGIS/%1" ).arg( Qgis::QGIS_VERSION );
  pReq->setRawHeader( "User-Agent", userAgent.toUtf8() );

That is what we have: an User Agent as "Mozilla/5.0 QGIS/3.x".

I think plugins should use the same approach. If some plugin
'misbehaves', we just need to fix it.

Regards,

Jorge Gustavo

On 08-04-2018 13:38, Richard Duivenvoorde wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> Being busy with a Nominatim Locator Filter plugin, which retrieves
> geocoder results from the Nominatim service, I read [0] in the Usage
> Policy that the project asks to provide a proper User-Agent in the
> headers. Same
> 
> My question here:
> - do we already have a 'QGIS-Desktop' User-Agent string?
> I read that the tile services (we use the xyz tiles), also ask that [1],
> so we probably (should) have?
> 
> You can put a lot of info in it [2], but I could just add a plugin
> string like: "QGIS-Nominatim-Locator-Plugin".
> 
> OR would it be better to do it project wide: like there would be a
> 'iface.getUserAgentString()'
> which could create much more interesting User-Agent like:
> "QGIS/3.1 (x86_64 GNU/Linux, nl, Qt 5.9.2, GDAL 2.2.4)"
> Or so...
> 
> Mmm, now thinking about it, it is probably better if I just use my own
> User-Agent for a plugin, then when the plugin 'misbehaves', it is not
> the QGIS-project that is blamed for it?
> 
> Or is is better to have one 'face' to the rest of the world.
> 
> Anybody?
> 
> Regards,
> 
> Richard Duivenvoorde
> 
> 
> 
> [0] https://operations.osmfoundation.org/policies/nominatim/
> [1] https://operations.osmfoundation.org/policies/tiles/
> [2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_agent
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