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A Django app that will analyze and report on links in any model that you register with it.

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A fairly flexible app that will analyze and report on links in any model that you register with it.

Links can be bare (urls or image and file fields) or embedded in HTML (linkcheck handles the parsing). It’s fairly easy to override methods of the Linkcheck object should you need to do anything more complicated (like generate URLs from slug fields etc).

You should run its management command via cron or similar to check external links regularly to see if their status changes. All links are checked automatically when objects are saved. This is handled by signals.

Minimal requirements

django-linkchecks requires Python 2.7 and Django 1.8. It is Python 3 compatible.

Basic usage

  1. Install app to somewhere on your Python path (e.g. pip install django-linkcheck).

  2. Add 'linkcheck' to your settings.INSTALLED_APPS.

  3. Add a file named to every app (see an example in examples/ that either:

    1. has models that contain content (e.g. url/image fields, chunks of markup or anything that gets transformed into a IMG or HREF when displayed
    2. can be the target of a link - i.e. is addressed by a url - in this case make sure it has an instance method named ‘get_absolute_url’
  4. Run ./ migrate.

  5. Add to your root url config:

    url(r'^admin/linkcheck/', include('linkcheck.urls'))
  6. View /admin/linkcheck/ from your browser.

The file is completely optional. It works with django-admin-blocks to display a notification about broken links as shown in the screenshot above.

We are aware that this documentation is on the brief side of things so any suggestions for elaboration or clarification would be gratefully accepted.

Management commands



Default: 10080 (1 week in minutes)

Will not recheck any external link that has been checked more recently than this value.


Default: r’^https?://’

A string applied as a regex to a URL to determine whether it’s internal or external.


Default: ‘/media/’

Currently linkcheck tests whether links to internal static media are correct by wrangling the URL to be a local filesystem path.

It strips MEDIA_PREFIX off the interal link and concatenates the result onto settings.MEDIA_ROOT and tests that using os.path.exists

This ‘works for me’ but it is probably going to break for other people’s setups. Patches welcome.


Controls pagination.

Pagination is slightly peculiar at the moment due to the way links are grouped by object.


Default: 255

The length of the URL field. Defaults to 255 for compatibility with MySQL (see )


Default: 10

The timeout in seconds for each connection attempts. Sometimes it is useful to limit check time per connection in order to hold at bay the total check time.


Linkcheck tests external and internal using differently. Internal links use the Django test client whereas external links are tested using urllib2.

Testing internal links this as if they were external can cause errors in some circumstances so Linkcheck needs to know which external urls are to be treated as internal.

Linkcheck looks for either of the settings above. It only uses SITE_DOMAIN if LINKCHECK_SITE_DOMAINS isn’t present


would tell linkchecker to treat the following as internal links:

If you instead set LINKCHECK_SITE_DOMAINS to be a list or tuple then you can explicitly list the domains that should be treated as internal.

django-filebrowser integration

If django-filebrowser is present on your path then linkcheck will listen to the post-upload, delete and rename signals and update itself according

Running tests

Tests can be run standalone by using the script in linkcheck root:
$ python

If you want to run linkcheck tests in the context of your project, you should include ‘linkcheck.tests.sampleapp’ in your INSTALLED_APPS setting.

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