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The AMF51DegreesFilter and AMF51DegreesFilterMemcached are the modules of the suite they have the job to detect the device take the information from 51Degrees ( and pass the capabilities to the other AMF modules and as environment variables. The different between the first (AMF51DegreesFilter) and the second (AMF51DegreesFilterMemcached) is the cache system.

Both modules does this two steps:

  • load AMF parameters from httpd.conf
  • load data from 51Degrees.xml
  • and waiting for a useragent


The first step is to define the AMFMobileHome this is important for AMF because in this directory the AMF store the 51Degrees.xml and the patch file (the patch file is an xml where are store the PC browser). The patch file is recommended to use.

In httpd.conf of Apache you define this parameter:

PerlSetEnv AMFMobileHome /home/AMF

where AMFMobileHome must be writeable. In the AMFMobileHome directory must be store the 51Degrees.xml .

Settings for production environment

51Degrees for each mobile devices has more the 400 capabilities and normally for each mobile project don’t need all of them, so is suggested on the live web server to specify which capability you want to manage, the directive CapabilityList (default is set all):

PerlSetEnv CapabilityList brand_name,model_name,max_image_width

In this case you ask to AMF to manage only three capability, the list of all capability ask support at 51Degrees site (

To increase performance on DeviceDetection is suggested to use the directive AMFProductionMode (default is false). In this mode the device has been detected only the first time that access on web server. In this mode the performance will be higher. The syntax is:

PerlSetEnv AMFProductionMode true

Pass User Agent on query string

This directive must be setted if you want to pass the user agent in query string, the syntax is to set RestMode (default is false):

PerlSetEnv RestMode true

In this mode it’s possible to pass the useragent on query string using the amf the sintax is:


for example:

Virtual Host

If you have multiple virtual hosts and you need different configuration of AMF for each host remember to set this configuration in httpd.conf:

PerlOptions +Parent 

so in httpd.conf the syntax is:

PerlOptions +Parent 
<VirtualHost \
        ServerName default
        UseCanonicalName Off
        DocumentRoot /var/www/vhosts/default/htdocs
        ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ "/var/www/vhosts/default/cgi-bin/"
        <IfModule mod_ssl.c>
                SSLEngine off
        # AMF configuration
        PerlSetEnv AMFMobileHome /root/AMF_home
        PerlSetEnv CacheDirectoryStore /tmp
        PerlSetEnv ResizeImageDirectory /tmp

        PerlTransHandler +Apache2::AMF51DegreesFilter
        <Location /img/*>
            SetHandler modperl
            PerlOutputFilterHandler Apache2::AMFImageRendering        
        <Directory /var/www/vhosts/default/htdocs>
        <IfModule sapi_apache2.c>
                php_admin_flag engine on
                php_admin_flag safe_mode on
                php_admin_value open_basedir "/var/www/vhosts/default/htdocs:/tmp"
        <IfModule mod_php5.c>
                php_admin_flag engine on
                php_admin_flag safe_mode on
                php_admin_value open_basedir "/var/www/vhosts/default/htdocs:/tmp"

Choose the cache system

AMF has two advanced cash system based on:

  • FileSystem
  • Memcached

File System

f you choose to adopted the file system caching you only need to configure the CacheDirectoryStore parameter, this directory must be writable we suggest to not use the /tmp directory in production servers. The syntax is:

PerlSetEnv CacheDirectoryStore /tmp
PerlTransHandler +Apache2::AMF51DegreesFilter

The last directive load the module.


For memcached it’s need to configure ServerMemCached the syntax is:

PerlSetEnv ServerMemCached <address:port>,<address2:port>,....,<addressn:port>

for example:

PerlSetEnv ServerMemCached localhost:11211,10.10.10:11233
PerlTransHandler +Apache2::AMF51DegreesFilterMemcached

The last directive load the module.

How can I retrieve the values of the capabilities of 51Degrees ?

Retrieve the 51Degrees capabilities value is very simple, all the informations are setting into the Apache Environment as AMF_<uppercase 51Degrees capabilities name> for example:

To read the 51Degrees capabilities ScreenPixelHeight you must read the environment value AMF_SCREENPIXELSHEIGHT.

How to read environment in PHP ?Php.jpg

The php code is:


a test page in php is downloadable:

How to read the value in JSP (for Tomcat)? Tomcat.jpg

Before in the httpd.conf file where you have configure mod_jk you muse add this:


The Java code is:


How to read the value in PERL? Cpan2.png

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