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Use {{dead link}} when you find a dead external link within a paragraph or a reference citation. Doing so will place a note by the URL and add the article to one of the Category:Articles with dead external links categories.

Append this template directly after the link or template, leaving the original link intact. Not doing so will prevent detection from automated tools. If desired, this tag could be placed just after the </ref> that contains the dead link. The notice would then appear in the body of the text instead of in the footnote reference—this is not recommended.


Common form (with current date)

{{dead link|date=April 2020}}

All parameters (with current date)

{{dead link|url= |date=April 2020}}

Optional parameters

Provides a history of the linked page via Wayback Machine. Set only if history actually exists, as otherwise it is misleading to users and editors.
Given in month name followed by year for use by the categorization system. Use {{subst:DATE}} which yields date=April 2020. If not set it will be filled in by a bot.
Bot accounts will specify the |bot= parameter to notify the others that the page was tagged by an automated process. Set as bot=ExampleBot.


  • [ Link title] {{dead link}}
    title[dead link]
  • {{cite web |url= |title=title |accessdate=2000-01-01}} {{dead link |url= |date=April 2020 }}
    "title". Retrieved on 2000-01-01.[dead link]
  • <ref>{{cite web |url= |title=title |accessdate=2000-01-01}}</ref>{{dead link |date=April 2020 }}
    [1][dead link]
  1. "title". Retrieved on 2000-01-01.

The following is not valid if software, unaware of templates, would misread the link since {{ is valid for links.

  •{{dead link}}

See also


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