Cookie Serve

Free Cookie Checker

Tool for Websites

A solution to your privacy concerns related to cookies. Enter the URL of a website and find out what cookies are being used and understand their purpose.


What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that a website stores on a browser when the user visits the website. Websites use them for multiple purposes like storing login statuses, remembering the cart items in an e-commerce store, identifying whether a user is a new visitor or returning user, or analyzing the user behavior on the website. E.g., _gh_sess, _octo, fr, and _ga.

There are different types of cookies:
Based on their purpose, cookies can be classified as necessary and non-necessary. The necessary cookies are essential for a website to function properly. E.g., the cookies that check if you have logged in before. The non-necessary cookies are not essential for a website’s functioning. They are often added by the website for additional services. E.g., the cookies that set pop up advertisements you see on some websites.
Based on their origin, cookies can be divided into first-party and third-party cookies. The first-party cookies are set by the website itself that the user is currently visiting. They are used for services like checking login status and holding shopping cart items. The third-party cookies are set by other websites or third-party tools to track user behavior on the current site. E.g., Google Analytics cookies that track users for measuring conversions.

Based on their duration, cookies can be divided into persistent and session cookies. The session cookies expire once the browser is closed and the session ends. E.g., the session cookies on a shopping website hold the items in the cart even the users proceed to a new page. The persistent cookies, on the other hand, stay on the user’s browser for a longer period and only expire when they reach their expiration period assigned to them. Unlike the session cookies, the persistent cookies hold the items in the online shopping cart even after the users close the browser so that they can access it on their next visit.
Why check cookies on a website?
Simple answer - to be law compliant. Privacy laws like the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Cookie Law (ePrivacy Directive) mandates the websites to get user consent before collecting their personal data. The data collection process must be transparent. A webmaster must disclose what cookies are being used on the website and why, who installs them (or who the data is shared with), and how long they are stored.

The websites should inform the users of the cookies using a cookie banner and more details about the cookies in the cookie or privacy policy of the website.

To share this cookie information with the users, first, you need to know the cookies set by your website. Checking cookies on your website will give you the list of cookies, and then you can compile their details.

Note: You cannot store cookies on the users’ browsers without first obtaining their consent to do so.
How to manually check cookies on the website?
You can check the cookies on a website using the developer console of all the major browsers, such as Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera.
Read more about it here.
What is a cookie scanner?
A cookie scanner is a website scanning tool that scans a website for cookies and generates a cookie scan report containing detailed information. An online cookie scanner usually scrolls and browses through the website and collects the necessary details about the activated cookies on the page.

CookieServe is one such cookie scanner tool that identifies and generates a report on the cookies of a website in a matter of seconds.
Why scan cookies on the website?
Manually checking your browser for cookies on a website is time-consuming. You have to click each cookie for details. Whereas a cookie scanner takes less time (ideally a few seconds) to gather cookie information.

Instead of going through each cookie, you can get a consolidated report. The information is detailed and apt for adding to your cookie or privacy policy.
Why use CookieServe scanner?
CookieServe cookie checker is a cookie scanner freeware powered by CookieYes that monitors and tracks all the cookies used by a website. Once you enter the URL and run the scan, it will crawl through the page and detect all the cookies. After the scan, it will generate a report in a tabular format. This contains details about the cookies, such as name, description (purpose of the cookies), domain, duration, and type. You can share this information with the website visitors about the cookies and also get one step closer to compliance.

Unlike Cookiebot, Piwik, and OneTrust cookie scanner, CookieServe only takes a few seconds to complete its scan for the desired URL. You will get the scan report for the URL entered on the site itself.

You can use the cookie scanner for any website, such as WordPress, Magento, and Wix.
What are the requirements for GDPR compliant use of cookies?
To be fully compliant with the law for the usage of cookies, you need to display a cookie banner on your website. It will help you inform the users and take consent from them. Before the users give their consent, the website must not set any cookies on the browser. If the users reject consent, then also the site must not load the cookies.

CookieYes is an easy and powerful solution for cookie consent and compliance. It will help you display a cookie banner that can be easily customized to match the design and theme of your website.

CookieYes will automatically block third-party cookies before you receive the users’ consent. Also, it will scan multiple pages of the website to check all the cookies present and add them to the cookies list after categorizing them. It also adds the description of the cookies detailing the purpose of the cookies. This makes sure that users give their consent based on the cookie information provided.

You can add the details from the CookieServe web scanner report to the cookie or privacy policy. CookieYes Privacy Policy Generator is an easy and efficient way to create a GDPR privacy policy template for free.

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