Best Free Bookmark Cleaner


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Dead or duplicate links in your bookmarks is a hassle.

AM-DeadLink scans your browser bookmark file for dead links or duplicate links. Using this program is much faster and easier than manually checking all of your bookmarks. If you have a very large collection of bookmarks, and some of them are rarely visited, then removing links that are "dead" makes the resultant smaller collection of valid bookmarks easier to navigate.

After running this on my bookmarks, I now have a much leaner set of favorites that are easier to find, and the peace of mind knowing that all the links actually work. In addition, you can download/update FavIcons for Internet Explorer and Opera bookmarks.

AM -Deadlink now has full unicode support, and supports bookmarks from Internet Explorer, Firefox 3+, Opera 10, and Chrome. It will also check HTML files, and URLs from tab delimited and comma separated text files.

AM-Deadlink also supports command-line switches to check links in HTML files (eg. from within a HTML File editor)

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Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
quickly removes dead and duplicate bookmarks
1.8 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000

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Latest version is 4.6. Before downloading this one, note that version 4.6 will no longer delete Firefox deadlinks. See
Version 4.6 (25-Sep-2012)
[x] Firefox: Bookmarks are now read-only and can no longer be changed or deleted within AM-DeadLink. This step was required to avoid conflicts due to changes in the Firefox database. AM-DeadLink can however still be used to open and check Firefox bookmarks for dead links.
Firefox Users best hold on to version 4.4 or 4.5. I just tested 4.5 and it does delete deadlinks - at least from AMDeadlink :)

A portable version of AM-deadlink is available.
During installation, you are offered the choice of a standard install or portable.

I use Windows 7, Home Premium, and this worked really well for me. I had not completely cleaned out my bookmarks in at least a decade and had built up more than 1,600 of them. Obviously I hadn't used many of them in years because this program found about 300 of them that were bad. I double-checked to make sure a few of the newer ones were actually no good any more, and the program was right: they were dead.

I don't know why people are complaining about this program not finding any dead links. Maybe they never actually clicked on the green check mark on the toolbar and assumed that without running it, the dead links would automatically be identified.