An email address is literally worth it’s weight in gold.
Some prospects have their email publicly listed on one of their online profiles – they’re easy. You need to do a little extra sleuthing to find email addresses for everyone else.
To make that detective much easier, we’ve scoured the web for the top email finding tools – everything you need to source candidates more effectively.
Here is our definitive list of the 21 best tools to find email addresses:
Free: 15 credits per month. Paid plans start at $59 per month
Hirtual works across all the popular sourcing sites (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook). It’s a powerful chrome extension that finds email addresses, but also picks up additional information like experience, seniority level and compensation range.
Hiretual also comes with an AI sourcing assistant. You can submit your sourcing tasks and let the AI assistant do the sourcing for you while you are sleeping or enjoying a cup of coffee.
Free: 10 credits per month. Paid plans start at $19 per month
Designed for sales teams, this tool lets you build prospect, find emails and build lead lists. Features include a 12 step email verification engine that finds the best email address for someone in real time.
Free: 100 credits. Paid plans start at $10 per month.
Datanyze’s browser plugin has a neat trick that lets you find email addresses by highlighting someone’s name wherever it appears online.
The email finding tool then pings a range of possible email addresses and pinpoints the one that is most likely.
Free: 100 credits. Paid plans available on enquiry
ContactOut is great at finding personal email addresses and phone numbers. The email finding tool triple verifies email addresses and has a 97% accuracy rating.
The company claims that their extension can find a personal email for 65% of the western world and is used by 30% of the Fortune 500.
Free: 50 leads. Paid plans start at $.10 per lead
Norbert is a friendly assistant built to help you find corporate email and lets you test our the tool with 50 free leads.
It’s simple to use — you don’t need to install a plugin — but there’s no check for catchall addresses and it limits the number of queries users can conduct (to avoid the service being blocked by SMTP servers).
Free: 50 search credits, 100 verify credits per month. Paid plans start at $29 per month
The “Yellow Pages” of email lets you find emails on an individual basis or upload entire lists of prospects at once. Users enter a candidate’s name and company domain and Find That Email goes to work.
With many email finding tools suffering from accuracy issues, it’s reassuring to see that the tool claims to have a success rate of over 90%.
Free: 5 credits per month. Paid starts at $25 per month
Lusha is focused on finding personal email addresses (arguably a better channel to reach candidates than their business email.) It doesn’t stop at finding email addresses though, for many prospects it also provides contact numbers.
Free: 150 credits per month. Paid plans start at €39 per month
Another popular tool to find company email addresses, Hunter offers an email finder, domain search and email verification (95% of verified emails are deliverable).
If you enter a target domain (e.g. Twitter), Hunter will come back with as many verified emails as it can find for that domain.
Free: 20 credits. Paid plans start from £18 per month
Another tool to find emails on an individual basis or in bulk. Add your prospect’s name and their company website and the tool will guess their email address and let you one-click copy it.
To find emails, Anymail searches billions of web pages and performs direct server validation. They only charge for email addresses that they successfully verify.
Free: 10 credits. Paid plans start at $19 per month
With Headreach, you can search for prospects by name, company, website or job position. Once you’ve found a relevant candidate you can grab their email and social profiles, and add them to your contacts.
Free: 15 credits per day. Paid plans available on enquiry
Prophet is another useful chrome extension to find email addresses, social profiles and phone numbers. Recently it seems to have stopped working on LinkedIn, but you can still find contact information for candidates on different websites.
Free: 5 credits per month. Paid plans start at $49 per month
Rocketreach has a database of over 250 million professionals across 6 million companies. You can use it to find personal and work emails, phone numbers, and full profile information from 50+ sites in a single search.
Free: None. Pricing available on request.
Connectifier was acquired by LinkedIn in 2016 and now integrates with LinkedIn Recruiter. The tool has a web browser sidebar that pops up whenever you’re browsing a profile on LinkedIn. Users have access to over 450 million email addresses – a pretty sizeable talent pool.
Context is king when it comes to candidate outreach and Discoverly is designed to give recruiters better context. The tool aggregates a person’s social information across Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and populates a small sidebar in your email inbox.
When it comes to finding email addresses, the tool asks you to enter a few possible email permutations and Discoverly pinpoints the most likely.
Like Discoverly, Rapportive shows you everything you need to know about people right inside your inbox, populating information from LinkedIn in a handy sidebar.
Rapportive doesn’t strictly find emails, but there’s a clever trick to getting it to work the way you want. Try a few variations of someone’s email in the “To” field of the email composer. When you arrive at the correct email address, it will appear in Rapportive. Simple!
16. Clearbit Connect
Free: 40 credits per month. Paid plans available on enquiry.
Another extension that sits in your Gmail inbox and lets you search for a person’s email address directly in the compose screen. If you’re not a “Gmail-er” never fear, Clearbit have a web browser tool too.
Conspire is an email finding tool with a twist. The app analyzes your contact list to find connections that can introduce you to the person that you want to reach. (We all know warm introductions have a much higher success rate).
After you register, just search for the person or company that you’re interested in. What happens next is pretty cool. Conspire creates a relationship graph that highlights people in your network that have strong ties to your target prospect.
The relationship graph is based on factors like frequency, speed and the amount of time that they’ve corresponded with each other.
Pretty much exactly what it says on the tin. This is a free database containing email formats (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org) for over 1000 companies. You can search by company name, industry and geographic location.
The database is mostly composed of larger, established companies. If you’re looking to find email patterns for newer organizations, then this probably isn’t the tool for you.
Looking for an email for a CEO? Look no further.
This is less of a tool and more of a trick to find emails addresses. People get asked for their email address on Twitter the whole time, advanced search helps you find the last time a prospect responded to this request.
Search for the terms (at) and (dot) in the “All these words” section of advanced search, and enter the Twitter handle of the candidate you’re interested in under the “From these accounts” section. (Don’t use the word email, you’ll just end up with a list of tweets on the topic of email).
The “old fashioned” way. Google usually has the answer for your queries, sometimes it finds email addresses too.
Here are the search strings that you need to get started:
- [name] + email (or) email address
- [name] + contact (or) contact information (or) contact me
- site:companywebsite.com + [name] + email
- site:companywebsite.com + [name] + contact
If you’re looking for email templates to introduce yourself or make new connections, you might want to check out the 15 free ones we offer in our free email course on recruiting outreach.