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August 27, 2019 9:41 pm

How to view email headers

By Sean Whalen

Email headers contain very useful information for tracing a message’s origin and troubleshooting its delivery. Email headers are written with the oldest headers at the bottom, and the newest headers at the top. By reading the headers in the correct order, you can see how the message was passed from one mail server to another, and the actions each mail server took along the way.

Most email clients have a function to display a message’s headers. The exact steps depends on the client. In most cases, this requires the desktop version of the client.

Apple Mail on macOS

  1. Select the message or open it
  2. In the Menu Bar, click View> Message > All Headers

Gmail/G Suite webmail

  1. Open the message
  2. Click on the three vertical dots in the upper right
  3. Click Show original

The message headers are located at the tip part of the message source, under the Copy to clipboard button.

GoDaddy and Rackspace webmail

  1. Open the message
  2. From the More Actions drop down list, select View Full Header, and then click Apply

GroupWise

  1. Open the message
  2. In the message window select: File > Attachments > View
  3. Select the Mime.822 attachment

The message headers are located at the top of the message source.

Notes

  1. In Notes 6.x, open the email document. For Notes 5.x, open your inbox.
  2. In Notes 6.x, from the menu, select View/Show Page Source. In Notes 5.x, highlight the message.
  3. Select File> Export.
  4. Type a file name, leave the type as Structured Text, and click Export.
  5. In the dialog box, select Selected Documents and click OK.
  6. Open the file in a text editor, such as Visual Studio Code.

The message headers are located at the top of the message source.

Outlook.com/Office 365 webmail

  1. Open the message
  2. Click on the three horizontal dots in the upper right
  3. Scroll down in the menu, and click show message details

Outlook for macOS

  1. Right click on the message in the list of messages
  2. Click View Source

The message headers are located at the top of the message source.

Outlook for Windows

  1. Open the message
  2. Click File
  3. Under the Info category click on the Properties button.

The headers are listed as “Internet headers”

ProtonMail mobile app

  1. Open the message
  2. Tap on the three dots in the upper right
  3. Tap on View Headers

ProtonMail webmail

  1. Open the message
  2. Click on the down arrow, to the tight of the forward button
  3. Click view headers

Thunderbird

  1. Open the message
  2. Click on the three vertical dots in the upper right
  3. Click view message source

The message headers are located at the top of the message source.

Windows 10 Mail app

  1. Open the message
  2. Click on the three horizontal dots in the upper right
  3. Click Save As, and save the email as a file
  4. Open the file in a text editor, such as Visual Studio Code

The message headers are located at the top of the mail file.

Yahoo webmail

  1. Open the the message
  2. Click on the three horizontal dots in the upper right, and click View Raw Message

This post was last modified on August 27, 2019 11:03 pm

Sean Whalen

Sean Whalen is an Information Security Engineer in the healthcare industry, and founder of the InfoSec Speakeasy, specializing in intelligence and malware analysis. Previously, he worked as an intelligence analyst in the defense industry. He has a passion for open source software, and sci-fi.

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