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hexo-broken-links-checker Publish on NPM

hexo-broken-links-checker is a plugin for Hexo static site generator that checks broken links.

  • Scans all links in the post's content and frontmatter part.
  • Able to use either HTTP HEAD or GET methods. It can use the HTTP HEAD method to speed up the link checking. If it fails, it will double-check with HTTP GET request.
  • No more broken links on your website. Be sure that all links on your website are up to date.

How it works

  1. Once the plugin installed, new check-links console command appears.
  2. Running npx hexo check-links the plugin will scan all posts (and their frontmatter, if it is configured) and extract all links to external resources (http:// and https:// only).
  3. Finally, the plugin checks all links one by one via HTTP GET/HEAD method. If any links are broken (HTTP status code is other than 2xx), the console error will appear 👌.


  • Hexo: 5.x
  • Node 12+


  1. Install the plugin using npm:
$ npm install hexo-broken-links-checker --save-dev
  1. Run the plugin:
$ npx hexo check-links
  1. Drink some tea ☕️ while the plugin checking the links.
  2. See if there are any broken links on the website.

It's useful to integrate the command running into CI workflow.


To configure the plugin add broken_links_checker key to the Hexo config file. For example:

    enable: true
    head: true
        - links
    timeout: 1000
    useragent: 'Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 11_0_1) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/87.0.4280.88 Safari/537.36'
    parallel: 10
        a: true
        img: true
        source: true
        iframe: true
        script: true
        link: true
        enable: true
        lifetime: 1440
        path: 'link-checker.json'
Key Required Default value Description
enable false true Enable/disable broken links checking.
head false true If set, the plugin will use HTTP HEAD method to check the link. If checking fails, it will fall back to HTTP GET method before reporting that URL is broken. Using HTTP HEAD method usually speed up the checking.
frontmatter false empty Keys in frontmatter that should be scanned in addition to post content.
exclude false empty Array of URLs that should be ignored for some reason.
timeout false 0 Timeout in milliseconds for URL checking. Use 0 if you don't want to use any timeout.
useragent false null User-Agent header while checking the link.
parallel false 10 Number of checks that could be run in parallel.
tags false true to all Tags that should be processed on the page (e.g. <a>, <img>, etc).
cache.enable false true Enable/disable caching results of the checking. If enabled the results of the checking will be stored in the file. The URL checking will be skipped if it was checked already and is not expired.
cache.lifetime false 1440 Time in minutes to expire the URL checking result.
cache.path false link-checker.json Name of the file where checking results will be stored.


Broken links checker for Hexo static site generator








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