How to See and Download Message Headers in Gmail

Quick and easy-to-follow guide for Gmail users

What are message headers

  • Message headers contain every single detail about emails, including what server sent them, what server they were delivered to, and more.

What are message headers used for - when do I need them

  • Message headers are valuable when troubleshooting delivery issues. 

How to get a Gmail email’s full message headers

Step 1

How To See And Download Message Headers In Gmail - Step 1

While viewing an email in Gmail, click the three dots (More) icon on the top right, and then click the Show original option.

How To See And Download Message Headers In Gmail - Step 2

You can see specific info such as the Message-ID, SPF, DKIM and DMARC checks, and more.

The complete message header is below – it’s the long text that starts with Delivered-To:

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