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🐿 linkinator

A super simple site crawler and broken link checker.

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Behold my latest inator! The

provides an API and CLI for crawling websites and validating links. It's got a ton of sweet features: - 🔥Easily perform scans on remote sites or local files - 🔥Scan any element that includes links, not just
- 🔥Supports redirects, absolute links, relative links, all the things - 🔥Configure specific regex patterns to skip


$ npm install linkinator

Command Usage

You can use this as a library, or as a CLI. Let's see the CLI!

$ linkinator LOCATION [ --arguments ]

Positional arguments

  Required. Either the URL or the path on disk to check for broken links.


    Path to the config file to use. Looks for `linkinator.config.json` by default.

      The number of connections to make simultaneously. Defaults to 100.

--recurse, -r
    Recursively follow links on the same root domain.

--skip, -s
    List of urls in regexy form to not include in the check.

--include, -i
    List of urls in regexy form to include.  The opposite of --skip.

--format, -f
    Return the data in CSV or JSON format.

    Only output broken links.

    Request timeout in ms.  Defaults to 0 (no timeout).

    Show this command.

Command Examples

You can run a shallow scan of a website for busted links:

$ npx linkinator

That was fun. What about local files? The linkinator will stand up a static web server for yinz:

$ npx linkinator ./docs

But that only gets the top level of links. Lets go deeper and do a full recursive scan!

$ npx linkinator ./docs --recurse

Aw, snap. I didn't want that to check those links. Let's skip em:

$ npx linkinator ./docs --skip


parameter will accept any regex! You can do more complex matching, or even tell it to only scan links with a given domain:
$ linkinator --skip '^(?!'

Maybe you're going to pipe the output to another program. Use the

option to get JSON or CSV!
$ linkinator ./docs --format CSV

Configuration file

You can pass options directly to the

CLI, or you can define a config file. By default,
will look for a
file in the current working directory.

All options are optional. It should look like this:

  "format": "json",
  "recurse": true,
  "silent": true,
  "concurrency": 100,
  "timeout": 0,
  "skip": ""

To load config settings outside the CWD, you can pass the

flag to the
$ linkinator --config /some/path/your-config.json

API Usage


Asynchronous method that runs a site wide scan. Options come in the form of an object that includes: -

(string) - A fully qualified path to the url to be scanned, or the path to the directory on disk that contains files to be scanned. required. -
(number) - The number of connections to make simultaneously. Defaults to 100. -
(number) - When the
is provided as a local path on disk, the
on which to start the temporary web server. Defaults to a random high range order port. -
(boolean) - By default, all scans are shallow. Only the top level links on the requested page will be scanned. By setting
, the crawler will follow all links on the page, and continue scanning links on the same domain for as long as it can go. Results are cached, so no worries about loops. -
(number) - By default, requests made by linkinator do not time out (or follow the settings of the OS). This option (in milliseconds) will fail requests after the configured amount of time. -
(array | function) - An array of regular expression strings that should be skipped, OR an async function that's called for each link with the link URL as its only argument. Return a Promise that resolves to
to skip the link or
to check it.


Constructor method that can be used to create a new

instance. This is particularly useful if you want to receive events as the crawler crawls. Exposes the following events: -
(string) - Provides the url that the crawler has just started to scan. -
(object) - Provides an object with -
(string) - The url that was scanned -
(string) - The result of the scan. Potential values include
, or
. -
(number) - The HTTP status code of the request.

Simple example

const link = require('linkinator');

async function simple() { const results = await link.check({ path: '' });

// To see if all the links passed, you can check passed console.log(Passed: ${results.passed});

// Show the list of scanned links and their results console.log(results);

// Example output: // { // passed: true, // links: [ // { // url: '', // status: 200, // state: 'OK' // }, // { // url: '', // status: 200, // state: 'OK' // } // ] // } } simple();

Complete example

In most cases you're going to want to respond to events, as running the check command can kinda take a long time.

const link = require('linkinator');

async function complex() { // create a new LinkChecker that we'll use to run the scan. const checker = new link.LinkChecker();

// Respond to the beginning of a new page being scanned checker.on('pagestart', url => { console.log(Scanning ${url}); });

// After a page is scanned, check out the results! checker.on('link', result => {

// check the specific url that was scanned
console.log(`  ${result.url}`);

// How did the scan go?  Potential states are `BROKEN`, `OK`, and `SKIPPED`
console.log(`  ${result.state}`);

// What was the status code of the response?
console.log(`  ${result.status}`);

// What page linked here?
console.log(`  ${result.parent}`);


// Go ahead and start the scan! As events occur, we will see them above. const result = await checker.check({ path: '', // port: 8673, // recurse: true, // linksToSkip: [ // '', // '' // ] });

// Check to see if the scan passed! console.log(result.passed ? 'PASSED :D' : 'FAILED :(');

// How many links did we scan? console.log(Scanned total of ${result.links.length} links!);

// The final result will contain the list of checked links, and the pass/fail const brokeLinksCount = result.links.filter(x => x.state === 'BROKEN'); console.log(Detected ${brokeLinksCount.length} broken links.); }




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