How to view email headers in Gmail

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This is a quick step-by-step guide to viewing the headers of an e-mail in Gmail. You may be asked to provide an e-mail header, by a member of the Technical Support team. We use the information in the header to troubleshoot mail delivery problems.

When an e-mail is created, it is made up of several components. One of those components in the 'message body', which is the content of the e-mail. Another part is called the 'header', which is normally hidden. The job of an e-mail header is to provide a detailed log of the network path taken by the e-mail, between the mail sender and the mail receiver.

View e-mail headers in Gmail

Step 1

Login to Gmail

Firstly, you'll need to login to Gmail via the Gmail login page.

Then view the specific e-mail you wish to view the headers of, firstly by locating it, then by clicking on it.

Log in to Gmail

Step 2

View the e-mail headers

After you have selected the e-mail to wish to view the headers of, navigate the the upper right hand side of the e-mail and click the down arrow button (next to the reply button). From the drop down menu, simply choose 'Message' then 'Show Original'.

This will open a new tab or window, showing you the raw source of your e-mail, including the e-mail header. Simply click the link labelled 'Download original' to download the entire raw source of your e-mail.

View the original e-mail source

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