How to Hide JavaScript Code in View Source

Habdul Hazeez Feb 02, 2024
  1. Hide JavaScript Code in View Source
  2. Conclusion
How to Hide JavaScript Code in View Source

This tutorial teaches how to hide JavaScript code from a web browser’s View Source function.

The steps involve the placement of the JavaScript code in an external JavaScript file. After that, you can insert the file dynamically into the current page.

Hide JavaScript Code in View Source

  1. Write the JavaScript Test Code

    Write a new JavaScript code and save it with the .js extension. This JavaScript file will be the one that we’ll hide from View Source.

    To follow along, you can save the following JavaScript code as test-viewsource.js.

    alert('My code is not visible in View Source');
  2. Prepare an HTML File

    This HTML should contain what you’d like to show on the web page. Meanwhile, it’ll also contain a <script> tag.

    Write some JavaScript code within this <script> tag. There will be a few lines of code that will include the test-viewsource.js dynamically into the HTML file.

    As a result, you will not see the test-viewsource.js in the web browser’s View Source.

    You can use the next HTML to follow along. Save the file as no-viewsource.html.

    		<p>The included JavaScript code is not visible in View Source</p>
    	<script type="text/javascript">
    		 * Code to hide from view source will go here.
    		 * Check the next code block.
  3. Write Some JavaScript Code Between the <Script> Tag

    Within the <script> tag in the no-viewsource.html file, we’ll write the code that will dynamically load the test-viewsource.js. The code will follow the steps outlined below.

    1. Create a new script element with the document.createElement method.
    2. Set the script type attribute to text/javascript.
    3. Set the src attribute to test-viewsource.js.
    4. Append this new script element to the HTML body element.

    The code below is the implementation of these steps.

    <script type="text/javascript">
    		let scriptElement = document.createElement("script");
    		scriptElement.type = "text/javascript";
    		scriptElement.src = "test-viewsource.js";
  4. Test the Code

    Load the no-viewsource.html in your web browser and use View Source on it. If you’ve done everything right, you’ll not see the code for test-viewsource.js.

    Rather, you’ll see the code that includes it dynamically into no-viewsource.html. The image below is an example of a sample output of what you should see in the View Source of your web browser.

    View Source with no Dynamic JavaScript


At this stage, the JavaScript code in test-viewsource.js will not show up in the web browser’s View Source. Meanwhile, anyone can write the URL of your website in their browser to see the code.

As advice, do not place any sensitive information in test-viewsource.js.

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