How to View Website Source Codes on iPad / iPhone [Quicktip]

You’re using your iPad to browse the Web and you’re curious to view the source of a webpage but don’t have the options to do so. The next thing you know, you’re swapping back to your Mac or PC to open up the same website to check the Page Source. Now if that isn’t called a hassle, I don’t know what is.

View Source

To make things easier for all iPad and iPhone users out there, here’s a trick to allow you to view the source of a webpage straight from your mobile device. Take note that the code you will be using will redirect you to the creator’s website, where the source is presented in highlighted syntax and clickable URL for easier reading.

Set up ‘View Source’ Bookmark

  1. To get started, open your mobile Safari on your Apple device and bookmark the page you are reading by clicking on the bookmark button. Instead of the page name, name it ‘View Source’ and then click ‘Save’.

    Add bookmark

  2. Open this bookmarklet javascript, select all and copy the script.

    Copy Script

  3. Tap on the bookmark icon at the top left part of your mobile Safari browser, and tap on ‘Edit’

    Edit Bookmark

  4. Tap on the ‘View Source’ bookmark you created in step 1.

    Edit Bookmark

  5. Now paste the bookmarklet javascript you copied in step 2 into the URL bar and tap ‘Done’.

    paste script

View Source On Safari on iPad and iPhone

Now that you have created a new bookmark called ‘View Source’, to view source of any webpage, open any site from your Safari browser, tap on the bookmark icon and then tap on the ‘View Source’ bookmark.

View Source

This bookmark shortcut will send a request to the creator’s server for processing and then open a new browser tab for you to view the source in highlighted syntax.

view source

Conclusion

This method to ‘view source’ is not similar to web developer tools where you have it as an extension to your browser, but creating this bookmark is to save a shortcut to the creator’s website where you can view any website’s source with highlighted syntax.



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Mustaza is a traveller, social media lover and a freelance web designer with years of experience working collaboratively over the Internet.

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