Xenu Link Checker

on Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Xenu is a free download that allows you to simply, quickly and accurately check the links on a website. It will verify almost any link which appears in anchor tags, as well as images, frames, plug-ins, backgrounds, local image maps, style sheets, scripts and Java applets. The program follows links to other pages, and checks the links on those pages also, so it is possible to check an entire site for broken links in one session.

A broken link is reported with a simple "not found" in the status column (see the screenshot above; double- click it to enlarge). In my tests of Xenu, the only links it was unable to check were "mailto:" links (links to email addresses), and occasional links to web pages created by Microsoft Office.

The report Xenu generates is fast and can be sorted by web address, status, page type or directory level. Sorting by status will give you a list of all broken links found by Xenu.

Use the following link for more information on Xenu, as well as the download itself.


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