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Cloudflare crawlers

Cloudflare may crawl or make HTTP requests to your site to make sure its protected and performing properly.

​​ Crawling situations

​​ Specific products

Cloudflare will crawl your site when you have specific products enabled:

  • Always Online
    • User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; CloudFlare-AlwaysOnline/1.0; +
  • SSL/TLS recommender
    • User-Agent: Cloudflare-SSLDetector
    • This crawler ignores your robots.txt file unless there are rules explicitly targeting the user agent.
  • Load balancing monitors
    • User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Cloudflare-Traffic-Manager/1.0; +; pool-id: <POOLID>)
  • Health checks
    • User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Cloudflare-Traffic-Manager/1.0; +; healthcheck-id: <HEALTHCHECK_ID>)
  • Security Insights
    • User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_15_7) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/92.0.4515.107 Safari/537.36 (compatible; +

​​ Other situations

Cloudflare will also crawl your site in other, specific situations:

  • Speed tests
  • Support diagnostics:
    • User-Agent: Cloudflare-diagnostics
    • Triggered when: Cloudflare support engineers perform error checks and by continuous monitoring used to raise intelligent alerts in the Cloudflare dashboard.
  • Custom Hostname validation:
    • User-Agent: Cloudflare Custom Hostname Verification
    • Triggered when: You choose to validate a custom hostname with an HTTP ownership token.