Softpedia Editor's Review for Xenu Link Sleuth
Checks Web sites for broken links
Written by Elena Opris on May 2nd, 2013
Xenu Link Sleuth is a lightweight and portable piece of software developed for identifying broken links on websites, whether we are talking about images, frames, plugins, backgrounds, style sheets or external links, among others. You can use it to test the links of your website, for example.
Since installation is not a requirement, you can just save Xenu Link Sleuth to a USB flash drive or similar storage unit, and run it on any computer. This way, you can carry the tool with you whenever you're on the move.
More importantly, the Windows Registry section does not receive new entries, and files are not left behind on the hard drive after removing the program.
The app is wrapped in a standard window with an uncomplicated layout. So, you can type in the URL you want to check, make the app check external links, as well as create an inclusion or exclusion list.
Experienced users are free to specify the total parallel threads and maximum depth level, treat redirections as errors, ask for passwords or certificates when they are needed, as well as customize the report (e.g. order broken links by links or the page, redirected URLs, valid text URLs, orphan files).
Once displayed, the links can be opened in the default web browser, Google cache, Wayback Machine or Alexia. Furthermore, you can validate a URL or view its properties, save the report to file for further analysis, use a search function, allow cookies, exclude MSO files and list local directories, to name but a few.
Xenu Link Sleuth requires a low-to-moderate quantity of CPU and system memory, so it shouldn't burden the computer's performance. It has a good response time and worked fine in our tests, without hanging, crashing or popping up errors. To sum it up, Xenu Link Sleuth delivers quick solutions when it comes to finding broken links on a website.
Xenu Link Sleuth description
Here are some key features of "Xenu Link Sleuth":
· Simple, no-frills user-interface
· Can re-check broken links (useful for temporary network errors)
· Simple report format, can also be e-mailed
· Supports SSL websites ("https:// ")
· Partial testing of ftp and gopher sites
· Detects and reports redirected URLs
· Site Map
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· 30.5.2009: ignore "view-source:"
· 1.6.2009: set SECURITY_FLAG_IGNORE_REVOCATION after ERROR_INTERNET_SEC_CERT_REV_FAILED (works only the first time, sadly)
· 1.6.2009: ErrorDlg for ERROR_INTERNET_SEC_CERT_REV_FAILED only if SECURITY_FLAG_IGNORE_REVOCATION not set
· 5.6.2009: set up minimum status line segment widths
· 26.7.2009: Use local timezone when displaying date+time of website, instead of GMT
· 29.8.2009: show time status every second
· 9.10.2009: mention empty URLs in report to avoid confusion
· 20.10.2009: ignore MIME type and charset when result not HTTP_STATUS_OK
· 5.11.2009: fixed /S setup.exe bug in NSIS script
· 1.6.2009: ErrorDlg (certificates etc) now from app window, not desktop window
· 9.10.2009: Test monocolor
· 15.10.2009: merged AFX_INET_SERVICE_HTTP and AFX_INET_SERVICE_HTTPS in ThreadProcGET()
· 16.10.2009: tired of character in version number, now using digits
· 31.10.2009: VS2010 fixes: PFNCALLBACK, OnTimer (UINT_PTR), LRESULT OnF...