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An extensible means of checking for broken links in virtually any django CMS plugin.

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An extensible means of checking for broken links in virtually any django CMS plugin.


There are numerous plugins that provide hyperlink capabilities in django CMS each with their own fields for store a variety of types of hyperlinks. As a result, it can become a challenge to find bad links across the whole project. This project attempts to provide a solution in an extensible manner.


This package requires Python 2.7 or later and Django 1.8 or later.

First, install the package from PyPI:

pip install djangocms-link-manager

Then add it to your INSTALLED_APPS:



The simplest way to run this is:

python check_links

However, this command accepts a number of optional arguments:

--verify-exists     Check that each link's target exists (use caution,
                    makes HTTP HEAD requests).
--scheme SCHEME     Default scheme to use for scheme-less URLs
                    (default: "http").
--host NETLOC       Default [host:port] to use for relative URLs (defaults
                    to "localhost:8000").
--template TEMPLATE Override the report rendering template.
--mail-managers     Instead of printing report to the console, email it to
                    the addresses defined in the MANAGERS list in the


This package currently supports to plugins by their class names: Bootstrap3ButtonCMSPlugin and LinkPlugin which come from the packages: aldryn_bootstrap3 and djangocms_link respectively. To add support for a new CMSPlugin, one simply writes creates a class that subclasses djangocms_link_manager.link_manager.LinkManager and overrides the check_link() method according to the particulars of the CMSPlugin you wish to support.

Once this is created, register the link manager into the link manager pool on startup with:

from djangocms_link_manager.link_manager import LinkManager, LinkReport
from djangocms_link_manager.link_manager_pool import link_manager_pool

class MyLinkPluginLinkManager(LinkManager):
    """MyLinkPlugin only contains the fields 'name' and 'url'."""

    def check_link(self, instance, verify_exists=False):
        """Override this method and adapt to MyLinkPlugin."""
        return LinkReport(
            valid=self.validate_url(instance.url, verify_exists=verify_exists),

link_manager_pool.register('MyLinkPlugin', MyLinkPluginLinkManager)

Support for additional URL schemes

This package already provides support for the following URL schemes: ftp, ftps, http, https, bitcoin, mailto, and tel. If a project requires validation of other schemes, they can be added to the link manager (subclass of LinkManager) simply by including a method with the name validate_MYSCHEME with the signature:

def validate_MYSCHEME(self, parts, verify_exists=False):
    # Do your thing here
    if valid:
        return True
        return False

Replace “MYSCHEME” with the lower-case scheme of your choice.

verify_exists, when set to True, is intended to check to see if the resource is really available. For example, for http(s), ftp(s) validator will actually attempt to fetch the URL (using an HTTP HEAD request) and will return False if the result is an HTTP 404 error. Use this responsibly.

parts is a dict of the URLs parts as follows:

parts = {
    'scheme': ...,
    'netloc': ...,
    'path': ...,
    'params': ...,
    'query': ...,
    'fragment': ...,

For more information about these elements, please review the docs for urllib.parse.

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