If you're a webmaster, you can probably appreciate the fact that broken links can often harm the reputation of your site. Newbies and veterans alike should pay close attention to maintaining a working web site with working links.
This is where Xenu's Link Sleuth comes in. It is a free application developed by Tilman Hausherr in Visual C with support for proxies. Link Sleuth spiders a web site and checks the status of each link and notifies you if a "200 Found response" is not received. A 200 reponse is a good thing, it means the document was found whereas a 404 response means not found.
You should not run this program on other peoples' web sites as it makes a lot of requests and it's just rude to do that without permission.
Xenu's Link Sleuth otherwise does a great job of letting you know where you should fix links on your web site! There is a second download link provided for the 64-bit beta version which may or may not offer more flexibility on users running a 64-bit version of Windows (ie. Windows 7).
Link Sleuth is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from miscellaneous software without restrictions. Link Sleuth 1.3.8 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).
Compatibility with this software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version may be available from Tilman Hausherr.
We have tested Link Sleuth 1.3.8 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans. [Read more]