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How Cookie Scanner works

Cookie Scanner is a tool created by Cookie-Script, it allows you to scan your website cookies. In addition, Cookie Scanner will automatically group cookies by categories and add a description to all known cookies.

We have spent quite some time fine-tuning technologies used behind Cookie Scanner. As a result, we have created a tool that outperforms many other similar tools on the market.

Cookie Scanner generates a cookie report which can later be used on your website together with the Cookie-Script banner to fully comply with different cookie privacy regulations.

Many cookie compliance solutions offer you to scan a website for cookies. However, most of them fail to collect all cookies from more complex websites since that requires some advanced technologies, like executing existing JavaScript scripts and browsing a website with an actual web browser.

We did our best to collect as many cookies as possible and we keep updating Cookie Scanner all the time to improve accuracy in cookie detection.

Here is a list of features that help Cookie Scanner to stand out from other solutions.

No email required

Trust in the Internet is a huge topic in today's world. This is why most people think twice before entering their private information, like an email address on unknown websites. As a result, email addresses get leaked or stolen, users get spammed forever, and sometimes are forced to change the email address.

This is why here at Cookie-Script we do not require you to enter an email to try out our Cookie Scanner. You can scan your website absolutely for free, without providing any extra information. This is mostly possible thanks to the quick scanning process, which was also our key goal when developing Cookie Scanner.

Pre-build database of cookies

Cookie Scanner comes with a database of 100.000+ most commonly used cookies, grouped by categories and with a pre-assigned description that explains what every cookie is used for. Our statistics show that on average this should cover 80% of your website cookies, so you won't need to write your own description or think about categorizing cookies.

Automatic detection of special cookies [added on 2020-09-01]

We have spent some extra time to make Cookie Scanner even smarter. An updated version of Cookie Scanner can now automatically detect special cookies:

Cookies with unique names

Some cookies (like some of Google Analytics cookies) have unique names which include unique identifiers of the user account. Cookie Scanner automatically identifies those cookies and assigns category and description to those cookies.

Cookies with random names

Many popular content management systems generate session cookies with random names. For example, WooCommerce can set up a session cookie which looks like this: wp_woocommerce_session_f919208d949256bc062e5c23e02ba9a2, where 'f919208d949256bc062e5c23e02ba9a2' is just a random string. The cookie Scanner automatically detects those cookies and saves them as a pattern in Cookie Report. This is set to avoid new session cookies being added to your Cookie Report after every automatic scanning. More about this in the pattern cookies article.

Monthly updates

Cookie Scanner is an important part of the Cookie-Script system, therefore we analyze each and every inquiry from our users regarding Cookie Scanner. As a result, we implement new features and updates in Cookie Scanner on a monthly basis, bringing new functionality to our clients.

Scan individual pages

Another key difference of our scanner is the possibility to scan separate pages and subfolders, rather than just full domains. The same goes for the cookie consent banner: you are not forced to use domain only, this might be handy in the development stages when your website is hosted in a subfolder.

Free to try

You can always try our Cookie Scanner for free and see what cookies are used on your website.

Note that Cookie Scanner scans 10 pages of your website when used without registering an account.

Fast scanning

It could be irritating to be forced to wait in a queue for half an hour just to get a demo scan of your website. That's why we did our best to create a tool that scans website cookies quickly and effectively. Depending on your website speed it takes around 10-15 seconds to scan 10 website pages on average.

First, we collect all internal links and put them in a queue for cookie scanning. A free scan without the Cookie-Script account is limited to 10 pages per scan.

Next, we go through every page and perform a deep cookie scanning. This means we catch all the cookies that are sent from the server. Then all JavaScript and other scripts are executed (exactly what the browser does when loading a page). After a short delay, all cookies are recorded again (some cookies are set with a delay).

Finally, all the unique cookies are stored in the array and saved for the report.

As an extra step, we match cookies in our database of cookies, applying category, and description.

All the above is a simplified explanation, what happens under the hood is way more complicated and we had to implement a few different technologies before finding one that works the best.

You can try Cookie Scanner on our main page, just enter your website address and we will do all the work. See the picture below:

cookie scaner screenshot

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CookieScript helps to make the website ePrivacy and GDPR compliant.

We have all the necessary tools to comply with the latest privacy policy regulations: third-party script management, consent recording, monthly website scans, automatic cookie categorization, cookie declaration automatic update, translations to 34 languages, and much more.