Is there a way to know sender's IP address sent in Gmail/Yahoo Mail/Hotmail any mail?

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    What do you think you could do with it if you got it?
    – Zoredache
    Nov 1, 2009 at 3:08

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If it was sent through the web interface - no.
The header information will only display the IP address of the server that sent it. There is nothing in the RFC that talks about interaction with web based mail clients. So, the system will just send it off to the SMTP server blindly and the SMTP server will say that the originating IP is coming from the IP of the host that the web mail is running on.

If the user used a client and SMTPed the email - yes.
When you use a client and send mail directly to SMTP, your IP will (should) be in the header as the originator.

As an example I sent an email to myself using outlook (I am using Google Apps):

Received: from ceres (xxx.net [99.144.xx.xx]) <-- This was MY IP.
by mx.google.com with ESMTPS id 9sm1605084ywe.56.2009.
    (version=SSLv3 cipher=RC4-MD5);
Sat, 31 Oct 2009 17:27:00 -0700 (PDT)

Is there a way to know senders IP address sent in Gmail/Yahoo/Hotmail any mail ?

Not for the general public.

However, in case of a criminal offense, law enforcement or public prosecution is able to get this information from the email service provider.


No, not the original sender's address. You'll be able to see the MTA's in the delivery chain by viewing the SMTP headers, that's about it.

  • u mean server's IP right ? i get some annoying mails from people, cant i track their IP Oct 31, 2009 at 21:53
  • Right. The servers that are forwarding the message. No dice on the original sender unless you have access to the server logs.
    – squillman
    Oct 31, 2009 at 21:55

True in criminal offense, IP address could be requested but offender could use TOR (The Onion Router) and use an IP which is not theirs! so in fact it is likely to be untracable.

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