First-void urine samples were obtained from 24 elderly, asymptomatic men (median age 62.9 years). The headspace above pH adjusted urine samples were extracted using a carboxen/polydimethylsiloxane solid phase micro-extraction fibre and the volatile organic compounds analysed by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. A total of 147 compounds were identified in the headspace of urine. The acidified samples recorded a total of 92 compounds, 27 of which were ubiquitous, basified samples 70 compounds, with 12 ubiquitous and unmodified pH samples 49, with 6 ubiquitous. Five compounds were ubiquitous irrespective of pH: acetone, methylene chloride, 4-heptanone, 2-pentanone and 2-butanone. A comparative analysis of unfrozen and frozen–thawed urine (stored at room temperature for 0, 1 and 8 h) showed that samples retained the same number of compounds although variations in the peak areas for some compounds were observed.