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Use the Link Validator to Check for and Fix Broken Links

Last updated on October 3, 2022

The link validator tool in Canvas is a very helpful feature that will check your course for broken links and provide an easy to use log for finding and fixing links.


  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas Account.
  4. Open the Course where you’d like to validate links.
  5. Click Settings on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Click Validate Links in Content on the right side of the screen.
  7. Click Start Link Validation.

Fix Broken Links

  1. View the Log that appears on the Link Validator page.
  2. Click the Title of an Item to open it.
  3. Click Edit in the upper right.
  4. Find the Link.
  5. Click the Link to highlight it.
  6. Click Link Options when it appears.
  7. Update the URL in the “Link” textbox.
  8. Click Done in the lower right.
  9. Click Save at the bottom of the page.
  10. Return to the Link Validator in the Course Settings.
  11. Repeat Steps 2-10.