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What is PerplexityBot?


PerplexityBot is a web crawler used by Perplexity to index search results that allow their AI Assistant to answer user questions. The assistant's answers normally contain references to the website as inline sources.


Operator Perplexity


AI Search Crawler
Indexes web content for AI-powered search results

Expected Behavior

AI search crawlers do not adhere to a fixed visitation schedule for websites. The frequency of visits varies widely based on many factors, and can even happen on-demand in response to a user query.


Activity on Your Website

Half of your website's traffic probably comes from artificial agents, and they're becoming more intelligent every day.

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Other Websites

of top websites are currently blocking PerplexityBot in some way
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Access Control

Should I Block PerplexityBot?

Probably not. AI search crawlers power AI search engines, which are a useful way for users to discover your website. AI search engine assistants usually cite their sources and provide links to their results.

Using Robots.txt

User Agent Token Description
PerplexityBot Should match instances of PerplexityBot

You can block PerplexityBot or limit its access by setting user agent token rules in your website's robots.txt.

# robots.txt
# This should block PerplexityBot

User-agent: PerplexityBot
Disallow: /

Instead of doing this manually, you can generate a robots.txt that stays up to date with the agent list automatically.

Set Up Your Robots.txt