Trace Email (Header Analyzer)

Use this online tool to parse email headers. Trace email origin. Just paste email headers in below box.

About this tool:

When we receive an email notification, the first thing that we notice is the sender name and then the subject line.

That is the easiest and quickest way to check who sends us an email and its content.

But email carries a lot more. You can get a lot more information from an email. Like from email header, you can get the sender's IP address and its location.

But the real question is, why tracing an email is essential?

And the answer is simple; to protect ourselves from any malware or spam activity. Nowadays, people are plagued with spam emails that include malware, scam, or phishing emails. By tracking an email address, one comes to know the actual person, or the bot, behind that email sending activity.

Essential parts on an email

In a broader sense, we can categorize an email into two parts.

  1. Body: It is a message part that is visible and contains the information sent to the recipient on the subject of an email. That part is visible to both the sender and receiver.
  2. Header: It contains the metadata of an email that includes a lot of information. The standard headers are
  • From: It tells the name and email address of the sender.
  • To: It specifies the name and email address of the recipient.
  • Date: It provides the sent email time and day.

The other headers are technical ones. These headers are

  • Subject: This refers to the subject line of an email.
  • Return-Path: It refers to the email address where the reply to that email will be sent. Mainly if an error is found while an email is being sent.
  • Received: It shows the servers' list through which an email has passed to arrive at the recipient's mailbox.
  • Message-ID: It refers to a unique identifier of each specific email message.
  • MIME-version: Usually, the MIME-Version is usually "1.0." It relates to the functionality and format of an email.
  • Content-type: It tells either an email is written in plain text or HTML.

How do you find an email header in your email client?

For tracing an email, you first need email headers. Below are the instructions to find the email headers of several popular email clients.

Gmail

  • Open your Gmail account.
  • Open the email you want to trace.
  • Go to the drop-down menu in the top-right corner, then Show original from the menu.

Microsoft Outlook (Hotmail)

  • Open your Microsoft Hotmail account
  • Right-click the email you want to trace.
  • Click View Message Source.

Yahoo! Mail

  • Open your Yahoo! Mail account.
  • Open the email you want to trace.
  • Click "More" and select View Raw Message.

How to trace email sender location in Gmail?

Each email comes with complete headers that contain a hell of information. Now you know how to find the headers of email from Gmail. The following steps are relatively easy to trace an email back to their source IP address.

  • Open the Email Header Analyzer.
  • Copy the complete header code of the email you want to trace. Paste that header's data for the space provided for that section and hit the "Check Now" button.
  • The tool provides you with complete information gathered from its headers, including its IP address. Copy that IP and perform the IP Location Lookup to get IP location from several geolocation databases.
  • You can also check that IP address in anti-spam databases by using IP Blacklist Checker to check whether the IP is blocked or not. It helps to identify email spam and IP reputation.

Note: The IP you receive from Gmail will only trace back to Google's server IP address.