How to View the Source of a Message in Gmail

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If you want to know what makes an email show up where, when or how it does, go right to the source! The source code contains tracing information and often also the  HTML code that controls the display.  In Gmail, getting to the source of a message is easy.

View the Source of a Message in Gmail

To see the complete source of an email in Gmail:

  • Open the desired email message.
  • Click on the down arrow next to the reply arrow. 
  • Now click Show original. That's it! You'll see the email headers and the source code as well. Under the source code, you will find an option to download the original email message to your computer. There is also a handy Copy to clipboard  button which allows you to  copy the code into your clipboard or text saving application.