Bot-Trap Mod

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Ambox notice.png The Bot-Trap Mod should work with any TNG version since TNG V7? when meta.php was added to the TNG package.

Summary Creates a honeypot or trap to block bots that do not adhere to robots.txt standards
Mod Updated 23 Jul 2018
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TNG 14.0
TNG 13.0
TNG 12.0 for

TNG 10.1.0 - 11.1.2

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Author(s) Bryan S. Larson
Based on the Bot-Trap tool by Daniel M. Webb
Homepage Bot-Trap Mod (this page)
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Min TNG V 7.1.0
Max TNG V 13+
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The Bot-Trap mod places a link on every page of your site that is invisible to humans, but which machines can see. Clicking on the link automatically blocks the visitor by adding an .htaccess restriction for the offending IP address. If a human is curious enough to find and visit the link, there is an easy mechanism to get removed from the list of banned IP addresses.

The way Bot-Trap works is that it adds an entry to robots.txt (and creates the file if it does not already exist) which instructs bots to avoid the bot-trap directory. If a bot does follow the robots.txt protocol, as good bots do, it will know not to visit the trap. Bad bots that do not follow robots.txt standards will see the link and visit it; thereby getting blocked via an entry to .htaccess.

The mod has optional parameters to allow webmasters to enter an email address and be alerted any time the trap is triggered and/or any time a human escapes from the trap using the escape mechanism.

This mod was originally developed using TNG V10.1, but version should work with any version of TNG. Bot-trap version and higher requires at least TNG V10.1.0 to work.


  • The TNG Bot-Trap Mod was developed and is maintained by Bryan S. Larson
  • Beta testing of the original mod was done by Ken Roy and Rick Bisbee.


  • A working TNG installation.
  • A backup of the TNG meta.php file.
  • An installed current version of the Mod Manager.
  • A server that supports .htaccess (most do).

For Bot-trap v10.1.0.2 and newer

TNG version: 10.1.0
  • A working TNG installation.
  • Footer must be using stdsitecredit.php
    • If you have modified your footer (TNG 10.1.0 and later), you may need to adjust the code in the mod to work on your site
    • Alternately, you may use the older version of the bot-trap
  • An installed current version of the Mod Manager.
  • A server that supports .htaccess (most do).

Installing Bot-Trap Mod

First time installation:

  1. Download the appropriate zip file for the Mod Manager configuration file
  2. Extract all the files in bot-trap zip file
  3. Upload the configuration file and the entire bot-trap folder to your mods folder.
  4. IMPORTANT: In many cases, the mod manager will give an error indicating that the mod cannot be installed. THIS IS NORMAL.
    • You must click on the "Run Checks" button BEFORE installing the mod. This step creates the files and folders needed for the mod to work if they are not already present.
  5. Follow the normal automated installation for Mod Manager, as shown in the example Mod Manager - Installing Config Files to install the bot-trap file.

Optional Parameters

This mod has 4 optional parameters which can be modified using the Mod Manager Edit capability.

  1. Send an email alert when a new IP address is ADDED to the bot-trap: When enabled, this option causes an email to be sent to the specified email address any time a new bot is added to the IP block list. This is enabled by default, but will not work unless a valid email address is entered.
  2. Send an email alert when a new IP address is REMOVED to the bot-trap: When enabled, this option causes an email to be sent to the specified email address any time a blocked IP address is removed from the block list via the escape mechanism. This is enabled by default, but will not work unless a valid email address is entered.
  3. Email bot-trap alerts TO the following address: This is the email address where you wish to have bot-trap alerts sent.
  4. Email bot-trap alerts FROM the following address: This is the email address you wish to have bot-trap alerts sent from. Normally, both email addresses would be the same, but in some cases it makes sense to differentiate them.

Revision History

Version Date Contents 23 Jul 2018 This update corrects an error in the bot-trap pages as well as some updates for TNG V12 Mod Manager changes. 22 Aug 2017 Small update to better recognize TNG installations that are not in the web root. Also an update for better compatibility with modern versions of php. 30 Nov 2016 Small fix in check file; it was not checking for .htaccess as it should have been. Corrected. 8 Nov 2016 Update to use footer rather than meta.php. This resolves validation problems associated with previous version of mod. 6 Mar 2015 Initial release of the Bot-Trap Mod.

Sites using this mod

If you download and install this mod, please add your TNG site to the table below

Our Family Histories Bryan S. Larson Mod developer 12.0.3 EN
WMGS Member Trees Roger Moffat Public Site 13.1.0 EN
Ryken and Rosenau Famly Tree Paul RYKEN Public Site 13.0.4 EN
Our Family Links Chuck Filteau Public site 10.1.2 EN
Our Roy and Boucher Families Ken Roy Beta tested the mod for Bryan 14.0.3 EN, FR
Bobbyfamilytree Bobby 10.1.0 EN
Hooley Family Links Rick Hooley Public/Private See Here See Here EN
A Bisbee Family History Rick Bisbee 10.1.0 EN
Kemp(e) Family History Andrew Kemp see User:Kempons see User:Kempons EN
MOTYER Family Genealogy John Mark Motyer Public site See here See here EN
Robison and Blythe Genealogy Jeff Robison Public Site 10.1.2 EN
Martius Family History Hendrik Martius Half-public site* 12.0.1 DE,EN,FR,NL
Kleinmann Genealogy John Kleinmann 14.0 EN
R G Strong Family Genealogy Russell G Strong Modified the mod to validate at XHTML 1.0 Transitional 14.0.4 EN,DE,FR,NL
Extended Craxford Family Genealogy Magazine Alan D Craxford Using Russell's XHTML1.0 Transitional mod (may interfere with favicon) 11.0.2 EN
The Duttons of New England Darrin Dutton Pubic / Private 14.0.1 EN
Crawford County Genealogy Gateway Frank Bernosky Pubic Site 11.1. EN
Our Acadian Family Randal Suire Public/Media Private 11.1.2 EN, FR
McCarty-McCoy Family Kelly Booth Public 11.0.2 EN
Genealogy of the Weir and Drain Families Beverley Stimpson Public Site 11.1.2 EN
tobbes familje sidor Torbjörn Åkerman Public site 11.1.2 SE, EN, FI
The Cole / Tanner Family Tree David Cole Public/Private see here see here EN, DE, FR, ES, NL
Racines Luxo-hennuyères Michel Kirsch Public site (registration) 14.0.3 FR/EN/GE/NL
Family Trees worldwide Hans Weebers Public-, Private Site 12.0.1 Nl, DE, EN, FR
Current info on my user page JPB Public Site see here see here De, En, Fr
The Severijns / Timmer Familytree Rob Severijns Public / Private 14.0.4 NL, EN
Genealogy of a Dutch Community Losser Peter Heerink Public 13.1.2 NL, EN, GE
Familieboekonline Janneke Helling Private 13.1 NL, EN
Your Roots are Showing Harold Craswell Public / Private See Here See Here EN
The Annals of a Humble Race Gerald Apperly Public / Private 14.0.1 EN
Osage County Cousins Larry G Banks Public/Private 14.0 EN
Solem Genealogy Jan-Thore Solem Private 12​.0​.0​.5 14.0.2 EN, NO
GénéaKat Katryne Public & Private v12.0.0.5 14.0.3 FR,EN
Carr’s Garage Regis Carr Public v12.0.0.5 v14.0.3 EN, DE, NO
Jarocinski Family Database Michał Jarociński Public/Private v12.0.0.5 v14.0.3 EN, PL
Stammbaum der Familie Datschetzky Christian Datschetzky Public 14.0.3 DE, EN
Jagos and Barron Family History EmilyJ Public/Private 14.0.4 EN
Ahlefeldt, Bülow, Hviderne, Iuel, Moltke, Rantzau, Thott, Vind, og Wedell-Wedellsborg. Søren Wendt Public 14.0.2 EN, DK, DE, FR, NL, IT
stone/mott genealogy Albert Stone Private
TNG 14.0.4