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Xenu's Link Sleuth - helps webmasters find broken links

Website - Freeware

reviewed by Sam Edwards on 24 Oct 2005


Notes from Clif

I met Sam in the support forums for pbwiki. He had a question. Does anyone know of a good way to find dead links in a wiki? I found Link Sleuth after a quick search. I've heard of it many times and it looked safe enough. I've got a kind of 6th sense about websites by now and I can usually tell the good from the evil. I asked Jack to try it out and report back. Here's his review. It looks like law teachers have a natural talent for software reviews.


Review by Sam Edwards

I just ran the program once so my report is based on very limited experience.


Ease of installation

I downloaded the program from the site and installed it without any problems. No virus or spyware warnings noted.


Ease of use

The program seems pretty intuitive to run. I did not bother reading any manuals and just tried to run it. It worked well and reported bad links. It even made a handy report for me.



None so far



Works as advertised, checks a url (including subdirectories) and reports any bad links.

Ease of use: A

Features: A



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Xenu's Link Sleuth (TM) 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 continously updated list of URLs which you can sort by different criteria. A report can be produced at any time.



From Vegard, 28 Oct 2005

I have thirteen sites. I could not manage it without Xenu's Link Sleuth!

:-) Especially the find orphan files is very handy.


From Bruce, 30 Oct 2005

I used to use Xenu, but when I found The Link Valet at http://www.htmlhelp.com/tools/valet/ I stopped using Xenu. This way I let someone else do the processing, so I can continue onto other surfing without slowing things down. More importantly, I found the Link Valet quicker (maybe because I use dial-up). I save the Link Valet report so that I can review it and correct things later. But I keep Xenu around because who knows when Link Valet will disappear.