Analyze Internet Explorer Cookies

Whenever you visit any webpage, a cookie is generated. This cookie file is saved on the visitor’s computer and are in a format which is not interpretable easily. Galleta is a free tool that has been developed to examine the contents of the Internet Explorer’s cookie files.

It is a command line tool that helps you examine the contents of the cookie files by converting the information in these files in to a format which you may export in to your favorite spreadsheet program for further analysis. Cookie files for the Internet Explorer of Windows XP are saved at the location C:Documents and SettingsUsernameLocal SettingsTemporary Internet Files, and in Windows 7 I am able to locate the cookie files at the C:UsersUsernameAppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsTemporary Internet Files path.

Install Galleta from the link mentioned at the end of this post and run the following  command with necessary modifications in the command prompt:

galleta.exe “aun@google.txt” > “google”

Where aun is the name of my admin user, google.txt is the cookie file for Google and google is the final output file. The output file will be saved at the location where you run this command. Now you may easily open this output file with your favorite spreadsheet program.

Download Galleta

It works on all versions of Windows, including the latest Windows 7. Enjoy!

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About Alyse Kalish

Alyse Kalish
As an Associate Editor for The SalesJobInfo, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.

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