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Software Applications

This is a guide summarising current convenient and recommended software applications for use by library staff.

Linkcheckers

 

Product name Screaming Frog
Producer Screaming Frog Ltd
Cost Free (Limits number of pages) and premium version
Function Checks Broken links
Web site https://www.screamingfrog.co.uk/broken-link-checker/
Features
  • The ability to crawls website for broken links
  • Versions for Windows, Linux and Mac.
  • The ability to save or upload your site crawls
  • Source code searching
  • "List mode" - checks a list of URLS quickly
  • The ability to create a sitemap by exporting URLs
  • Both a Proxy option and a user option

 

 

Product name Xenu's Link Sleuth
Producer Mr Tilman Hausherr
Cost Free
Function Link Checker
Web site http://home.snafu.de/tilman/xenulink.html
Features
  • Simple - just put in your URL
  • Runs comprehensive scan for broken links, images, frames and stylesheets
  • Checks for duplicate content
  • Checks for missing alt text
  • Very small file to download and install
  • Produces a report
  • Will produce an XML sitemap
  • Exports results in a tabbed excel spreadsheet

 

 

Product name

 Check My Links

Producer Paul Livingstone
Cost Free
Function Link checker
Web site https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/check-my-links/ojkcdipcgfaekbeaelaapakgnjflfglf?hl=en-GB
Features
  • Chrome Plug in
  • Small file to download
  • Highlights the links on page that are working and/or broken
  • INcludes a URL exclusion list
  • Simple and easy to use
  • Conducts a very fast check for links