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Cut and paste one line of code to make any website editable

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Have you ever wanted to edit the web pages of another website? This simple line of code makes it possible. Of course you can’t actually edit the actual web page but you can edit the page as you see it on your screen.

This is one of the ways scammers create fake screenshots, fake Adsense & affiliate earnings and even fake Paypal transactions.

Here’s a method of editing the webpage in browsers without developer tools; all you need to do is visit the site you want to edit, paste the code below into your web browser address bar (tested in Firefox & IE7, fails in the Chrome search box) and hit the Enter button.

Then simply select a portion of text on the page and start editing.

javascript:document.body.contentEditable='true'; document.designMode='on'; void 0

Alternatively, you can install firebug and edit inline using this tool.

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By Patrick Altoft. at 9:30AM on Monday, 07 Jul 2008

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170 Responses to “Cut and paste one line of code to make any website editable”

  1. Silki says:

    Now, I understand, how the affiliate marketers, and the authors of the million dollar secret formula actually operate.
    Thanks.

  2. Rob Lewis says:

    That’s quite scary – I knew it was possible by altering the HTML and resaving somewhere, or by doing some Photoshopping, but that’s just much simpler.

  3. Stuart Smith says:

    Like Rob I knew it could done but never realised how quick it could be. I suppose this is just one of a number of ways it could be done though. Guessing the lesson here is always beware what links you are sent?

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  5. visitor says:

    You are aware that the editong happens only inside the momory of your browser??? You can edit what you want but you will not be able to save your “Work”

    So it is just a funny joke that will not harm your pages in any way.

  6. Tibi Puiu says:

    Hehe, awesome hack, Patrick. I’m not too sure about disclosing this little secret right here, who knows what scams might occur if it falls in the wrong hands :<

  7. moron@moron.com says:

    Seriously…you guys are morons. Like you said, this does NOTHING WITH THE HOSTED VERSION.

    it’s just a few seconds easier than saving and modifying the source locally.

    • Luke says:

      I think that you may have missed the point that Patrick is trying to make, here – it’s not about editing the hosted version at all. It’s about being able to easily forge things like screenshots, and go “look at this! Here’s a screenshot of an actual Adsense page, with over $10m in earnings!”. It doesn’t matter whether the changes get saved or not – it’s simply about being able to create fake screenshots easier.

      • moron@moron.com says:

        Why wouldn’t they just download the page and edit it. There are tons of scripts that already do this. There are tons of editors that do this for you online too (like FCK Editor).

        I feel like I’ve jumped back in time to 2001 when this was new.

      • otacon says:

        Yesterday a friend of mine came to meet me at my office.
        I last saw him some years ago at high school.
        He talked for long about earnings he was raising through adsense. Sitting at my desk, using my firefox, he showed me (after a short phone call I had to answer) his huge adsense earnings on the adsense profile.
        But after reloading the page, it revealed as a fake.

        I think this is the kind of story this link is about.
        Many would trust what they read on *theyr* screen, not wondering about hitting F5 to test it out.
        And many more can, with a bookmark, fake screenshots without learning html or at all.
        btw, I never trust screenshots, do you?

  8. bofh says:

    Wow. There is one thing I really love about this — with firefox, you can save the edited page.

    I’ve always wanted a decent editor that could just work w/ templates.

    Seriously — got a tipjar? :-)

  9. bofh says:

    I should also mention, it will save the various Editibles into the final document, so be sure to remove before upload if you do this :)

  10. Matthew says:

    This works in Safari as well!

  11. Sphurthy says:

    This is very cool and scary

  12. prags says:

    Fair enuff, but wats the point if i cant save my designs????

    • 2oonhead says:

      @ visitor, not true.

      @ prags, just make the changes you want then “Save Page As…..” under “File” in Firefox. This does not change the way the page is served up from the internet, but you can save a changed version of it to your desktop or something.

  13. nobody says:

    This should be handy for note taking (other than using some other firefox extensions). I just made this code a bookmarklet. Now for writing papers and such, I can find a web page, click my bookmarklet, make notes, then save the web page w/ notes. Much faster than editing source, and better formatting than copying to Word/notepad/whatever, and adding notes there. If someone has a better way of taking notes, point me to the extension.

  14. hmm says:

    so then how would you edit a website with a blank index.html tag so you can edit the files in that same folder!?

  15. mgroves says:

    Works in Opera too. Neat trick!

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  18. Mac Tips says:

    You can also do this within Firebug. Very cool, and you don’t need a plugin.

  19. evrim says:

    Actually the ‘title’ is possible:) Just put a simple script and make your site editable in 7 minutes.

    Users Guide ScreenCast:
    http://www.core.gen.tr/videos/asli9.swf

    Desginers Guide ScreenCast:
    http://www.core.gen.tr/videos/asli101.swf

    Product Info:
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  20. That’s insane! very c00l for developers to mess around with ideas, layouts ….

  21. SoLinkable says:

    Holy hell this is insane. I had no clue it was this easy to do…

  22. noptical says:

    The dangers don’t lie in screenshots, they lie with people who edit hidden form values to change item prices, and people who edit AJAX for malicious purposes.

    Sure the changes aren’t saved on the server, but that doesn’t mean the page stops being able to interact with it.

    • Why would you include item prices in your hidden values. There is no need for that and is bad design. Item prices should be stored server-side (a database for example).

      If your webshop needs you to have item prices in the hidden values, then you should try another webshop.

  23. Jeff says:

    While trying it on various sites in my favorites list, found that funnyordie.com displays only a login form after entering this javascript url in the address bar. All images and text from the page are hidden.

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  25. Durkin says:

    this is madness! Its actually quite fun to play with though :D

  26. CaptainObvious says:

    Or you could just use Firebug and it’s a lot easier, cleaner, and faster…

  27. Tipper says:

    In Firefox, once you type the command in the address bar and hit enter, grab the command and drop it into the bookmarks toolbar, then right click, properties, change name to “Edit” and there you have it, a nice little button handy for when you need it.

  28. Zibby says:

    That’s pretty wild stuff. It definitely explains a lot of the clickbank “earnings” I’ve seen from a lot of folks. ;)

  29. lefty.crupps says:

    Is there any /other/ line of code which can allow me to save and use a page as an offline web application?

  30. d00d says:

    Any way to add this the the head of an HTML file to make it permanent and automatic to visitors?

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  32. Larry says:

    Works in Opera 9.50

  33. liquidpele says:

    Ummm… have you guys never heard of the “firebug” firefox plugin?
    It lets you edit the DOM live, even the dynamically generated stuff.

    In other words, there are actual tools for this – most of them are for debugging your own web development. Thinking this kind of thing is important is like thinking it’s important that someone knows that my username bought a hard drive on ebay last year. Ooooh, scary!

  34. redivide says:

    OMGWTF, you people ain’t heard of Firebug yet?

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  36. ralph natterbough says:

    hey, 2001 called and wants its leet hax back!

  37. Team Nirvana says:

    This is quite scary.

    Donno how much scam had already been done and how many affiliate marketers have laughed all their way to the banks.

  38. S says:

    Phew! I used to do this using FF and FireBug. But this is much cooler!

  39. Vineetgupta says:

    You do realise that everyone is going to test it on your page? ;-)

    Great trick!

  40. ben says:

    haha nice one.

  41. ODP says:

    This is also a standard feature of Opera.
    To edit the source:
    1. View > Source (Or Ctrl+U)
    2. Make the edits in Opera’s color-coded Source Editor
    3. Click “Apply Changes”

    Bam, site’s edited.
    Also, with the developer tools you can view all of the scripts, DOM, and all of the errors that show up in the code.
    Tools > Advanced > Developer Tools

    It’s cool to see that you can do this in IE, though.

  42. phetrs says:

    Does it illegal for this work?
    I am new comer know not much about that.

  43. phetrs says:

    how does it work?

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  45. You can do this with Firebug… And more. Kudos anyway, it works in IE at least.

  46. Kamal says:

    Freakin awesome now i can edit microsoft,ibm,sony website and take screenshots.Thats it!

  47. turnthebeataround says:

    I just tested it out on this page using Firefox 3. Amazing. (Maybe I can trick my moron inexperienced kid brother into thinking I’m magic after I hide the URL bar…)

  48. Lars says:

    Also works in Safari on a Mac

  49. Omniweb has had this feature for years. Very helpful when troubleshooting code.

    The anecdotal story about fake adsense earnings is hilarious. I can’t quite believe it though.

  50. paresh says:

    good, useful article.

  51. oMan says:

    Have you ever wanted to edit the web pages of another website? No, just my sites.

  52. Enamul says:

    Thanks for sharing this simple yet powerful javascript code.

  53. Sueblimely says:

    I have been using the edit features of the Web Developer toolbar for what seems like years to do this while testing out html and CSS. The Scrapbook extension for Firefox is nifty too. It allows you to download a local copy of a webpage but you can erase the parts of a page you don’t want first- e.g. you just want to save the text and delete sidebars, footers, images etc…

  54. montsa007 says:

    Thats pretty cool,
    Fake Adsense Stats

  55. Robert says:

    Wow. I just tried that and it is a bit scary. However, will be neat to play joke on my sons with it.

    Peace

  56. Nishi says:

    Wow, now I think this infomation is worth more than the books “millionaire authors” sell.

  57. CodyG!!!!! says:

    U can turn editing off by entering

    javascript:document.body.contentEditable=’false'; document.designMode=’on'; void 0

    and the edit mode will be off.

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  59. betty says:

    Ok now I have to try it…

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  61. abcd says:

    cant we then save what we have edited suppose i add funds in account and then cant it be save refering page see the same page that is original so there is no saving of page

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  63. Grover says:

    How do you save it when you are done with editing?

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  66. bilal says:

    javascript:document.body.contentEditable=true';document.designMode=’on’void 0

  67. Vimal says:

    This is quite scary.Nice trick bT pRbZ is d anY eDItable itEm doEsnT SavE..

    How do you save it when you are done with editing?????

  68. Yes correct the real dangers lurk in the form of sql injection attacks and scripting attacks by changing the forms and making them post malicious values to the processing script.

    Also yes it is quite usefull for manipulating web screenshots etc but I thought graphic programs like photoshop would do a more expert work of manipulating screenshots !

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  70. Malcom says:

    Very funny……I really enjoyed using this.

  71. Wow! Didn’t even know about such an interesting thing. You can send fake statistics to webmasters, make cruel jokes or anything else. But… ya… I’ll never trust screenshots now. :)))

  72. Pic says:

    I should also mention, it will save the various Editibles into the final document, so be sure to remove before upload if you do this .

  73. Good day.

    Ho w can I edit our own website, I want to put some contact details and information of our company to our website, how can I do that.

  74. Gofree says:

    Wow! Never known that’s possible!

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  76. SEO Agency says:

    Man this is the best thing ever! I hust played a trick on my boyfriend using one of his favourite sites Ha Ha!

  77. JAZZA says:

    Mine isnt working y is this i am copy and pasting the code?:javascript:document.body.contentEditable=true’;document.designMode=’on’void 0 is that the right code or am i doing something wrong

  78. joseph says:

    how to edit wxisting website and save it

  79. Clayton says:

    …but can you save the website as it is edited for EVERYONE to see?

  80. darvin shende says:

    You can edit the website , but you cannot save it.
    pls tell me how can save it on server.

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  82. Ashish says:

    Wow! It was really scary. I was able to make a website blank again!

  83. Guest says:

    How do you save in firefox?

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  85. levi williams says:

    how do u save it after u have changes the website

  86. Lewiss says:

    I dont understand how to edit the website or what to do helppppp

  87. lalacan says:

    Hmmmm…I’ve never heard about this before,
    I’ll try it on my blog :D

  88. jowanie says:

    Pleas provide me a code on how to update the edited website

  89. Nicole says:

    it is easy as 123 and abc that is how i now good luck everyone

  90. Azim says:

    Cool, I’ll try it later :)

  91. none says:

    How do you save it

  92. Very interesting bit of code there. I tried it and found it working. I could actually edit websites. Great post!

  93. Hi there, never new you could do this, thank you for posting.

  94. kiara says:

    hey i love doing it.

  95. noname says:

    How would you make the changes permanent??????

  96. how do after change the website how can submit or publish it editable page

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  98. wow thats really nice and scary as well. being a webmaster i am afraid of it. i dont know how many such tricks exist. will try it

  99. Oli says:

    Damn! Thats just made a whole lot of things make a whole lot of sense! Thats how they do it! Thank you so much.

  100. I think there is nothing to be afraid of this since web hosting providers are all patching up their systems to get around this security flaw.

  101. tito says:

    well i try it but it didnt really work for me it dint safe what i had change how can i safe the things i change?

  102. i want 2 edit my website

  103. mishahri says:

    isnt it sooooo bogus…it doesnt save

  104. seleth says:

    what i wanted to do, was get google maps, still the same and stuff, execpt i wanted to change the look at name of it for my own website, for E.G: prank maps, ghost maps, you get the idea?

  105. Anonymous says:

    Guys, you realize this is all just for fun…. once you reload the page, it goes back to normal. did you really think it would be THAT simple to edit any text?

  106. MeEeEeEe says:

    OMg….. i used this to edit a website that has ” you can’t see content. fill survey.”box. i deleted it and everything was working. it cool little code.

  107. Bob says:

    When you're done, you should add:
    javascript:document.body.contentEditable='false'; document.designMode='on'; void 0

  108. jugheads says:

    this is how big websites can edit their sites… i wonder what i could do to club penguin >:D

  109. nermin says:

    my browser did not sarch for it

  110. Truman Capote the Triastermon says:

    If you could save this then so many websites would die. You can not safe this.

  111. You Guys Are Idiots says:

    HI EVERYONE. Just so you know, changing “true” to “false” doesn’t actually work. You CANOT SAVE THESE. It’s just meant to play a prank or so that you can take a screenshot and mindfuck someone.

    For christ’s sake it’s NOT THAT BIG OF A DEAL.

    • miatana says:

      i tried to use the code with my school website to change my grade but it is not working. i am in college by the way so all the grades are posted in the school website. any help ? please? thank you

  112. This is a great piece of code and something i was unaware of till now. I’m not new to web editing as such but this is new to me and very cool.

  113. John says:

    can I edit a website on a mac? I already tried and I can’t. I don’t know if I am doing something wrong or I just can’t do it on a mac.

  114. rei says:

    I’m doing my thesis.Graduating BSCS.How can I make a website that is all editable and save changes afterwards….and editing is only allowable upon login of admin….Thanks

  115. evrim says:

    Hello,

    Here is a service that can make any site editable:
    http://www.coretal.net/

    Also, there is a screencast showing how it works:
    http://www.vimeo.com/21781218

    Regards.

  116. kieran c says:

    this dont work i ut it in and it says it cant show the page help me

  117. Jan says:

    or you can save the page(.htm or .html)
    and edit the page with notepad.. works like javascript but better. this is how other people get website templates.

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  119. Hi says:

    To save work press FN+ Print Screen. Open up paint. Paste it in!

  120. Hello
    I wasent looking for that but still a great post

    how did you guys found this information??thank you for your blog I saw it on Google And I saved it .I like. Please send me updates

    thank you and have a nice day

  121. Jay says:

    im trying it but it doesn’t work someone help me!!!

  122. Paul Web says:

    A cute browser trick that makes for some good practical jokes, but the usefulness in real situations is of course limited. Still, it’s a good lesson in browser capabilities ofr noobs.

  123. Lainey says:

    Hey I used to love this trick but it’s not working for me anymore. On Chrome and Safari when I hit enter it just takes me to a search engine now! And on Firefox it’s just plainly not working.

    Anyone know why it’s not working anymore? PLEASE email me: fighttheprocess@live.com

  124. craig says:

    it doesn’t work it sends me to a new page giving a search on what document.body.contentEditable=’true'; document.designMode=’on'; void 0 is…. how can it work? + i use firefox…..

  125. This is great for playing tricks on people, a very cool little tool.

  126. gorillabond says:

    Wont work on Firefox 8 ;(

  127. Jimmy says:

    This code used to work for me, but not anymore :(

  128. Brian says:

    Perhaps it stopped working because I just tried it and nothing happens. I tried it on both firefox and chrome.

  129. Ed Kwok says:

    you guys gotta put in a “javascript:documents” etc. (just without quotes) nad that etc of course

  130. I used this to edit a website that has ” you can’t see content. fill survey.”box. i deleted it and everything was working. it cool little code.

  131. ,fjeoqoqqww2 says:

    where do you put it in the bar?

  132. koop viagra says:

    This is great for playing tricks on people, a very cool little tool!

  133. Anthony says:

    You can save it… when you are done press prt Sc button on ur keyboard, open paint and press paste and voila. now u press save.

    -DeZal

  134. jarrett says:

    i tpye in the hack code abd press enter but nothing happenend people tell me what to doi am not that goo at tpyeing these things

  135. jarrett says:

    i type in the code and press enter and nothing happened help i really do not know how to do this

  136. wow says:

    guys. you have to type in javascript: with a space after the : and THEN type the rest of it omg

  137. roli says:

    it remains same after i come back or reload can u plz tell me a permanent one the sent it to ankuroli28@gmail.com

  138. ryguy808 says:

    code does not work if you just put it in the search…

    1. Go to edit HTML

    2. Insert The Code

    3. Edit the website however you want it

    4 Click done to finish edit and refresh to save changes

    Your Welcome!

  139. Calingo Flanc says:

    guys just bookmark the code i think that’s the easiest method …………………..

  140. Joey says:

    works in safari (on Windows computer) in address bar. No Shift Ctrl FN Hit 3 , then do 5 jumping jacks, just download Safari and put the code in address bar.

  141. J S says:

    you have to type by hand the ‘javascript:’ but you can copy and paste the document.body…

  142. bob says:

    You guys have to realize that when you copy and paste the code the part that says “javascript: ” disappears. You have to type that part in before document.body…… your welcome.

  143. Juan says:

    This code works for me, i put a bookmark in chrome, and now I can edit in chrome!!!

  144. flob says:

    It does work on Chrome. It just deletes the Javascript;.
    All you have to do is type it back in.

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