How to View the Source Code of Any Website [ultimate guide]

View the Source Code of Any Website

Having knowledge on how you can view the source code of any website is very crucial because you can see the actual codes that browsers interprets and displays to you when you visit any website.

Today there are so many ways that you can use to view website source codes (including using browser inbuilt functions and other online tools).



How do you ensure that you properly view and understand the source code of the website you’re viewing?

You need to have basic knowledge of some web design languages: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript; for you to be able to understand the source code you’re viewing.

If you’re new to viewing the source codes of websites, don’t fret.

In this post I will cover the basics and essential necessity of website source codes (including its definitions) and provide you a guide to view source codes yourself (for free).

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What does website source code mean?

Source code as defined by Wikipedia is any collection of code, with or without comments, written using a human-readable programming language, usually as plain text.

Website source code is the collection of codes written using human-readable web development languages, mainly as plain text which browsers now translate and serve as website front end to its users.

Website source codes contains both the internal codes written within the website library and some external codes that are being called using their respective codes.

Although it may seem tedious and difficult to find some codes when you view the source code of websites.

Explanation

The best way to understand website source codes is to break meaning and the function of some codes that you’re likely to see in every websites source code. In that order, website source code is: ⤵

  1. The head section – There is always an intro code before the HTML head tag. This includes the code that describes that the type of document you’re viewing is an HTML. Inside the head (<head> and </head>) you’ll find the Meta tags, the title of the web page you’re viewing, the links to all the external files that helps the web page to function.
  2. The CSS and JavaScript files – Though this is also included in the HTML head section. The reason for this is to make sure that the CSS and JavaScript runs in every page of the website. Some content management system like WordPress has separate folder for CSS files and JavaScript files. So in the website source code, the CSS and JavaScript files will have links like href=’https://folder/file.css’ and scr=’https://js/folder/file.js’ respectively.
  3. The body section – This is where all the HTML codes that make up a web page can be found. The HTML source code of every single file that you find in a web page can be seen within the <body> and </body> section. If you find something within a web page and you decide to view the source code of that particular item, search carefully within the <body> and </body> and you will find its HTML code.
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For visual learners, this is an example of a website source code. ⤵

website source code

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How does website source code work?

When a user views the source code of any website, the result that will be presented to him/her will be the HTML layout of that particular web page (alongside other external files that makes up that web page).

For example when you view the source code of JonakyBlog, the result will be the HTML & CSS codes that renders the layout of JonakyBlog arranged in a sequential order.

This is mainly because the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has set a standard on how web pages HTML codes should be rendered both in the back end and the client’s side.

That creates an index for every website you’re viewing its source code.

Now let’s dive into how you can view this source code in different devices.

Viewing website source code with desktop browsers

The main reason for checking a websites source code is to view the actual code that make up that particular web page. Every web browser allows you to view web source codes easily by pressing some commands in your keyboard.

Below I will show you the simple methods which you can use to view web source codes in different browsers.

Google Chrome Chrome source code

For you to view web page source code from your Google Chrome browser, follow the guide below;

  1. From your computer keyboard, press Ctrl + U

Alternatively, you can follow this second method

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2. Right click on any white space in the web page, from the list of options select view page source

Firefox Firefox source code

To view web page source code in Mozilla Firefox, follow the guide below;

  1. From your computer keyboard, press Ctrl + U

Alternatively, you can follow this second method

2. Right click on any white space in the web page, from the list of options select View Page Source

Microsoft Edge Microsoft Edge source code

To view website page source code in Microsoft Edge, follow the guide below;

  1. From your computer keyboard, press Ctrl + U

Alternatively, you can follow this second method

2. Right click on any white space in the web page, from the list of options select View page source

Opera Browser Opera source code

Viewing web page source code in Opera browser is similar to other web browsers. Follow below guide to achieve this.

  1.  From your computer keyboard, press Ctrl + U

Alternatively, you can follow this second method

2. Right click on any white space in the web page, from the list of options select Page source

More browsers

Apple Safari Safari

To view website page source code in Apple Safari, follow the guide below;

  1. From your computer keyboard, press Ctrl + U

Alternatively, you can follow this second method

2. Right click on any white space in the web page, from the list of options select View source

For you to view website page source codes on other desktop browsers like: UC Browser, Maxthon etc. follow the same similar methods as illustrated above.

NOTE: If you’d used the Ctrl + U to view the web source code, it will automatically open a new tab for the source code of the current page. For you to get back to your current web page, you should either close the source code tab or you switch to the previous tab.

Mobile devices

Unfortunately most mobile browsers don’t provide an inbuilt option to allow its users view web page source code directly from the browser. From research, we found a method whereby mobile users who have Google Chrome browser installed in their device can view a web page source code.

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[Android] Google Chrome Chrome

If you want to view web page source code with your Google Chrome browser in your mobile device, follow the guide below.

  1. Launch the Google Chrome browser from your android device
  2. Go to the website that you want to view its source code
  3. With your finger touch the address bar, edit it and move your keyboard cursor to the first letter of the URL
  4. Now type view-source: just in front of the URL and hit Enter or Go

ILLUSTRATION

For instance, if you wish to view the source code of jonakyblog in your Google Chrome mobile browser. Go to jonakyblog.com, edit the link and type in view-source: just before the URL.

This is how it’s going to look like – view-source:https://www.jonakyblog.com

Other methods of viewing web page source in mobile devices

There are so many online tools that one can use to view any web page source code. These online tools has so many pros compared to default web browser page source viewer in the sense that some of the online tools has the ability to stylize the source code of a website.

This helps source coders to easily trace and locate the particular code that they are looking for in the web page.

Some of the recommended online tools for viewing website source code in desktop as well as mobile devices are listed below: ⤵

  1. Submitexpress
  2. Htmlstrip
  3. visiospark
  4. view-page-source
  5. internetmarketingninjas
  6. webtoolhub
  7. searchenginegenie
  8. coolseotools
  9. codebeautify (superb)
  10. generateit

Conclusion

Getting to know how you can view a website source code is a plus especially for web developers who may like to have an insight on the HTML code of some websites.

You should know that if you were unable to view any web page source directly from your browser, there is an alternative where you can use the above listed online tools to view it.

Don’t forget to share your ideas and experiences with viewing website page source with us, use the comment section below.

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