Xenu or Xenu Link SleuthTM, is computer program (app) that checks Web sites for broken links. It does link verification for normal links, frames, backgrounds, images, local image maps, plug-ins, scripts, java applications, and style sheets. It shows a continuously updated list of URLs, which can be sort by different criteria. The software follows links to other pages, and checks the links on those pages as well, making it possible to check an entire website for broken links in one session. Xenu Link Sleuth uses a simple, no-frills UI (user-interface), and can help users understand how certain websites are structured. The program has support for SSL (Secure Sockets Layered) websites. A report can be produced at any time.
The app is written by Tilman Hausherr and is a proprietary software available at no charge. The program runs on Microsoft Windows.
The app is named after Xenu, the Galactic Ruler from Scientology scripture.
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
See Documentation on Xenu’s website.