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remark plugin to validate that Markdown links and images reference existing local files and headings. It does not check external URLs (see remark-lint-no-dead-urls for that).

For example, this document does not have a heading named Hello. So if we link to that ([welcome](#hello)), this plugin will warn about it.

In addition, when there’s a link to a heading in another document (examples/foo.md#hello), if this file exists but the heading does not, or if the file does not exist, this plugin will also warn.

Linking to other files, such as license or index.js (when they exist) is fine.

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npm install remark-validate-links



Use remark-validate-links together with remark:

npm install --global remark-cli remark-validate-links

Let’s say readme.md is this document, and example.md looks as follows:

# Hello

Read more [whoops, this does not exist](#world).

This doesn’t exist either [whoops!](readme.md#foo).

But this does exist: [LICENSE](LICENSE).

So does this: [README](readme.md#installation).

Now, running remark -u validate-links . yields:

  3:11-3:48  warning  Link to unknown heading: `world`               missing-heading          remark-validate-links
  5:27-5:51  warning  Link to unknown heading in `readme.md`: `foo`  missing-heading-in-file  remark-validate-links

readme.md: no issues found

⚠ 2 warnings

Note: passing a file over stdin(4) may not work as expected, because it is not known where the file originates from.


Note: The API checks links to headings and files. It does not check headings in other files. In a browser, only local links to headings are checked.

Say we have the following file, example.md:

# Alpha

This [exists](#alpha).
This [one does not](#does-not).
References and definitions are [checked][alpha] [too][charlie].

# Bravo

Headings in `readme.md` are [not checked](readme.md#bravo).
But [missing files are reported](missing-example.js).

[alpha]: #alpha
[charlie]: #charlie

And our script, example.js, looks as follows:

var vfile = require('to-vfile')
var report = require('vfile-reporter')
var remark = require('remark')
var links = require('remark-validate-links')

  .process(vfile.readSync('example.md'), function(err, file) {
    console.error(report(err || file))

Now, running node example yields:

    4:6-4:31  warning  Link to unknown heading: `does-not`         missing-heading  remark-validate-links
  10:5-10:53  warning  Link to unknown file: `missing-example.js`  missing-file     remark-validate-links
  13:1-13:20  warning  Link to unknown heading: `charlie`          missing-heading  remark-validate-links

⚠ 3 warnings


Typically, you don’t need to configure remark-validate-links, as it detects local Git repositories. If one is detected that references a known Git host, some extra links can be checked. If one is detected that does not reference a known Git host, local links still work as expected. If you’re not in a Git repository, you must pass repository: false explicitly.

You can pass a repository (string?, false). If repository is nully, the Git origin remote is detected. If the repository resolves to something npm understands as a Git host such as GitHub, GitLab, or Bitbucket, full URLs to that host (say, https://github.com/remarkjs/remark-validate-links/readme.md#install) can also be checked.

remark --use 'validate-links=repository:"foo/bar"' example.md

For this to work, a root (string?) is also used, referencing the local Git root directory (the place where .git is). If both root and repository are nully, the Git root is detected. If root is not given but repository is, file.cwd is used.

You can define this repository in configuration files too. An example .remarkrc file could look as follows:

  "plugins": [
        "repository": "foo/bar"

If you’re self-hosting a Git server, you can provide URL information directly, as urlConfig (Object).

For this repository, urlConfig looks as follows:

  // Domain of URLs:
  hostname: 'github.com',
  // Path prefix before files:
  prefix: '/remarkjs/remark-validate-links/blob/',
  // Prefix of headings:
  headingPrefix: '#',
  // Whether lines in files can be linked:
  lines: true

If this project were hosted on Bitbucket, it would be:

  hostname: 'bitbucket.org',
  prefix: '/remarkjs/remark-validate-links/src/',
  headingPrefix: '#markdown-header-',
  lines: false


remark-validate-links can detect anchors on nodes through several properties on nodes:


remark-validate-links, in Node, accesses the file system based on user content, and this may be dangerous. In Node git remote and git rev-parse also runs for processed files.

The tree is not modified, so there are no openings for cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks.


See contributing.md in remarkjs/.github for ways to get started. See support.md for ways to get help.

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