Link Checker for XenForo 2.x by AddonsLab

Link Checker for XenForo 2.x by AddonsLab 3.7.1

No permission to buy ($54.99)
Compatible XF 2.x versions
  1. 2.0
  2. 2.1
  3. 2.2
Additional requirements
[AL] Core Package -
CURL PHP extension
Updates duration
1 year updates and support - 45 USD
Visible branding
Yes, but removable with payment
Add-On Information

The add-on gives full control over the links you have in all your posts, allowing you to search for them quickly, check their status, modify them one by one or at once. Support for other content types (resources, profile posts, third-party blog or article add-ons etc.) will be released as separate paid plug-ins. Please check-out the related add-ons section for more information.

The supported BB Code tags are URL, MEDIA and IMG. Supported media types are YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo. Other media types can be supported if requested.

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The product comes with the following main features and pages:
  1. A new section in Admin Panel, under Tools section, allowing you control the product.
  2. Rebuild page to find all links posted on your board currently. A separate rebuild task can be run to check the status of the links.
  3. Manage Links page lists all links found so far. It has a quick search and filter controls allowing you to quickly find links by URL.
  4. Each link can be edited individually. Edit page gives full information about last status check, allows to force-update the status by checking it one more time, to set the URL and text of the link or to delete it. It also has a link to the content where the URL was used so you can check the post quickly if needed.
  5. Deletion of links allows setting a placeholder message that will replace the link. It can be left empty for the simple removal of the link.
  6. Advanced batch update tool allows you to change an unlimited number of URLs at once. Caution: use the tool with care as it modifies the database content, and any submitted changes will not be reversible.
  7. Batch update page allows to quickly find any link by its status code, the content of the URL or its text, URL domain etc. Replacement options are to replace the URL/text entirely, or to do partial replacement only replacing the parts defined in your search criteria. The tag can also be deleted or the content having the tag in it (post, thread) can be deleted entirely.
  8. Regular expressions are supported in both search and replace mode. Subpatterns of matched searched criteria can be used as variables in the replacement.
  9. Live preview of all changes, which will be saved to the database.
  10. Ability to process only sevaral of tags using the checkboxes in the preview.
  11. A link can be shown under each post allowing to force-update the status of all links found in the post. Controllable by a new usergroup permission.
  12. Moderation queue support. Invalid links are added to the queue where forum moderators can see the links detected in their forums and modify/delete them. Their actions are logged in Moderator Log. The permission should be enabled on per-usergroup basis.
  13. Alert users about their link not being valid. The permission should be set on per-usergroup basis. The alert is automatically removed if the URL is validated later.
  14. Links in the posts can have a "valid" or an "invalid" icon next to the link based on their status. The usergroups allowed to see the icons are controlled via XenForo Usergroup Permissions page.
  15. The "valid" icon can be hidden for all usergroups at once if you prefer not to have it but to show broken links only.
  16. Special support for "429 Too Many Requests" URLs. If a server blocks the requests because they are too often, the validation is scheduled and run with some delay.
  17. Batch Update and Dead Link Check can run both in the browser and as a cron job in background. In that case, admins can see the status of the background tasks on that pages.
Here is a video demonstrating the Batch Update tool in Admin Panel (made on XenForo 1.x version but the interface is identical on XenForo 2.x)
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We are getting reports from our customers, that several URLs are actually alive but the product does not recognize it and gives an error when trying to save the URL in Admin Panel.
It is important to realize, that checking a URL automatically is not the same as visiting the URL in your browsers. There are many techniques available, that can make a page to work when visiting by the browser, or when Google indexes the site, but block any other bots, including our bot that checks the status of URL.
Feel free to contact us whenever you get any URL that doesn't work for you in our add-on but works via browser, but so far in all cases, we had this resulted from the site/IP being blocked by another site or automated requests being blocked altogether. Please consider adding the URL/Domain to the exclusion list in these cases.

Disclaimer: Please make sure to backup your database before using the tool. It is processing the real content of the database and any changes committed are impossible to revert.

Planned Features
  1. Front-end management of broken links by users who posted them.

Add-on costs $54.99 USD that includes one year of support and updates with permanent access to product versions released in license validity period. Yearly extension costs $45.00 USD

The add-on has a visible branding with a link to our website which can be removed for an additional $35.00 USD payment.

Trial Version

We offer seven days free trial version on our website. No credit card is required, the service is approved automatically upon registration and confirmation of order.

IonCube Loader and PHP version 5.6+ are required to run trial version of the product. The full version does not have such requirement and does not have any encoded code in it.


The product is active on our forums at and can be tested at

Registered user accounts
Username: user1
Password: userpass

Username: user2
Password: userpass

Admin account
Username: admin1
Password: adminpass

Licensing Information
You will get a License Key upon purchase/trial subscription, which will be available in My Services page at

The key should be entered in product's Options page in XenForo Admin Panel. Once entered and saved you will see full details about your current license status. The key can be used only on one board and one server, so if you move the board you need to Reissue the license in My Services page.

The product does not include any callbacks, that execute on page load time on front-end or via cron jobs. License check is done only when you edit/save product's options or upgrade the product to the next version.

We require valid XenForo license to purchase the product. You will be asked for XenForo License validation information during the purchase.

Full details at

Upgrade from XenForo 1.x

All owners of XenForo 1.x version can apply to convert their license to XenForo 2.x version for free.

The add-on is able to process thousands of links at once, and in some cases, this may not work as expected. Please note, that we are not responsible for any loss or corruption of data as a result of your usage of our add-on so please contact us before running batch update tools for an advice. Please backup your database before processing any batch updates.


Support will be provided in the Discussion Thread at and in our Support System at

Feel free to contact us with any issues you find in the product or any suggestions.

Check out our free and paid XenForo add-ons in our Marketplace at
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Latest reviews

Essential addon for big boards with many years under the belt. This gracefully removed over 10k broken links and images from threads over 20 years old.
My site is nearly 15 years old. This addon removed thousands of invalid links. It also helped me removed thousands of smileys and emoticons linked from other sites. Thanks for your Efforts!
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One of the best add-ons, support that responds in less than 30 minutes. You want to ask for an add-on, you ask for it and they give it to you. Managing an associative forum, they have been a great help! I recommend them to you!
Having a forum created in 2001 and migrated many times (joomla, vbulletin, XF...), moving to ssl URLs, I have so many bad internal links to correct. Exactly the add-on I was looking for in order to process what I had not dared to start before due to the manual workload I was anticipating.
A TOP add-on!!
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Great add-on to clean up broken links, with multiple options to handle results.
Brilliant support and amazingly responsive developer; all suggestions for further development were taken into consideration.
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Anyone with a forum that has years of content -- why you don't have this, you should be asking yourself. Cheap compared to what this does. Just amazing to find and fix over a decade of broken links, directing both search engines and users to the right place. SEO + User Usability = expected ranking increase. A smart piece of coding work. Well done AddonsLab.
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I love the add-on interface and the performance of Link Checker. The interface giving me a feel of all link effect. Loving the Link Checker package.
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