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What is WellKnownBot?


WellKnownBot is a developer helper operated by Well-Known. It's not currently known to be artificially intelligent or AI-related. If you think that's incorrect or can provide more detail about its purpose, please contact us.


Operator Well-Known
Documentation https://well-known.dev/about/


Developer Helper
Used by developers to test website functionality

Expected Behavior

Developer helpers generally visit websites on direct behalf of a user who is evaluating some feature or attribute. Visits can be one-off or part of a larger crawl.


Activity on Your Website

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

Set Up Agent Analytics

Other Websites

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

Should I Block WellKnownBot?

Probably not. Developer helpers are normally used to optimize or find problems with your website.

Using Robots.txt

User Agent Token Description
WellKnownBot Should match instances of WellKnownBot

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

# robots.txt
# This should block WellKnownBot

User-agent: WellKnownBot
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