25 December 2011

Checking your blog for broken links with Xenu's Link Sleuth

As your blog fills up with posts, there is a high probability that the external off-blog links you refer to might become outdated overtime. Also, if you use third-party services to store your images, software, or other reference files, might become broken. Therefore, it is a good idea once awhile to perform blog maintenance and restore the links functionality. However, checking manually one-by-one might be a tiresome and time-consuming procedure. Today, we would like to present a free portable utility, which is going to help you performing the task.

Xenu's Link Sleuth checks Web sites for broken links. Link verification is done on "normal" links, images, frames, plug-ins, backgrounds, local image maps, style sheets, scripts and java applets. It displays a continuously updated list of URLs which you can sort by different criteria. A report can be produced at any time.

Additional features:

  • Simple, no-frills user-interface
  • Can re-check broken links (useful for temporary network errors)
  • Simple report format, can also be e-mailed
  • Executable file smaller than 1MB
  • Supports SSL websites ("https:// ")
  • Partial testing of ftp, gopher and mail URLs
  • Detects and reports redirected URLs
  • Site Map

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System requirements:

Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7, WININET.DLL required (included with Internet Explorer).

How to make utility portable (optional):

Download the ZIP package and extract. Extract the installer to a folder of your choice with Universal Extractor. Delete $PLUGINSDIR folder. Launch Xenu.exe.

Direct Download Link (latest release 1.3.8): http://home.snafu.de/tilman/XENU.ZIP

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