Bingbot meaning in English

Bingbot

What is Bingbot?

Bingbot is Bing's primary bot, used to crawl websites for indexing in the Bing search engine.

In Bing Webmaster Tools it is possible to test pages using Bingbot for crawl errors, get data about Bingbot's performance on a website, as well as control the speed and timing of Bingbot crawls.

Example user agent string

The following is an example of a Bingbot user agent string:

Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; bingbot/2.0; +http://www.bing.com/bingbot.htm) Mozilla/5.0 AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko; compatible; bingbot/2.0; +http://www.bing.com/bingbot.htm) Chrome/W.X.Y.Z Safari/537.36 Edg/W.X.Y.Z Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 6.0.1; Nexus 5X Build/MMB29P) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/W.X.Y.Z Mobile Safari/537.36 Edg/W.X.Y.Z (compatible; bingbot/2.0; +http://www.bing.com/bingbot.htm)
Code language: HTTP (http)

New Bingbot User-Agent String (April 2022)

In April 2022 Bing announced in a blogpost that the Bingbot user-agent string would be updated.

Desktop

Mozilla/5.0 AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko; compatible; bingbot/2.0; +http://www.bing.com/bingbot.htm) Chrome/W.X.Y.Z Safari/537.36

Mobile

Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 6.0.1; Nexus 5X Build/MMB29P) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/W.X.Y.Z Mobile Safari/537.36 (compatible; bingbot/2.0; +http://www.bing.com/bingbot.htm)

By regularly updating our web page rendering engine to the most recent stable version of Microsoft Edge we will be making the above user agent strings evergreen. In the strings above, "W.X.Y.Z" would be substituted with the latest Microsoft Edge version we're using, such as “100.0.4896.127". 

How to block Bingbot from crawling

If you want to stop the Bingbot bot from crawling your site, you can set up a disallow rule in your robots.txt file as per the following example:

Disallow: bingbot
Code language: HTTP (http)

References

Citation URL

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