How do I Trace the Email Origin of the Sender

Satheesh C B | Tuesday, March 10, 2009 | 3 comments

Every email comes with headers that carry important information that can tell where the email was sent from and possibly who sent it.For that, you would need to find the IP address of the sender.Some  technical details require  to track the IP address of an email.

The IP address is generally found in the headers enclosed between square brackets; for eg:[]


Finding IP address in GMail

1. Log into your GMail  account and open the email , which one you want to know the IP Adress

2. Click on the Reply link. Choose Show Original from the list.


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It will open a window like the following .Press Ctrl+F  to search ‘Received from’.There may be  many “Received from” and those are IP addresses of all of servers involved in routing that email to you.


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To find the first computer that originally sent the email, you’ll have to  select the last one.Here you can see IP address is


Finding IP address in Yahoo Mail(Classic)


1.Log into your account

2.Usually Yahoo will not display headers in mails . Now you can enable this on the  bottom right hand corner of the page .

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3.Click on Full Headers option,here also you can see IP address next to ‘Received’


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Yahoo Mail Beta

1.Log into your account

2.At the top right, there is a drop-down option where Standard Header is selected by default,change it to Full Header


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3.In a  different window , you’ll see the same information


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Microsoft Outlook

1.Open a message.

2.On the Message tab, in the Options group, click the Dialog Box Laucher Icon image.

In the Message Options dialog box, the headers appear in the Internet headers box.


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  A  dialog box  will popup and at the bottom you’ll see the Internet Headers Box.To view the IP address  clearly , you can  copy it in a Notepad.

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Now How to Track the location of an IP address

Once you got the IP address of the mail, with the help of the websites shown below you can locate the Country / State from which the email is sent.


1. IP2Location

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2.GeoBytes IP Locator



5.IP Address Finder

6.Email Trace - Email Tracking Simply Copy and Paste below the email header of the message into the box provided  on this page to trace an email.


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  3. Thanks Spark, it is very useful