Is there a way to check if an item is linked to other items using C#?

Also, how to remove these links? Somehow item.Versions.RemoveAll(false) is not working if the item is linked to other items.

3 Answers 3


Try out the below code.

  1. Get the item links
ItemLink[] itemLinks = Globals.LinkDatabase.GetReferrers(item);
  1. Programmatically find and remove item links. You need to loop them to remove links.
ItemLink[] itemLinks = Globals.LinkDatabase.GetReferrers(Context.Database.GetItem(Sitecore.Context.Site.StartPath));

foreach (ItemLink link in itemLinks)
     Sitecore.Data.Items.Item linkItem = Context.Database.GetItem(link.SourceItemID);
     if (linkItem == null) continue;

     Field field = linkItem.Fields[link.SourceFieldID];
     if (field == null) continue;

     CustomField customField = FieldTypeManager.GetField(field);
     if (customField == null) continue;


Hope it helps!


Here is the function to get all the items that are linked and delete them.

public string RemoveReferenceLinks(string nodePath)
    var db = Sitecore.Configuration.Factory.GetDatabase("master");
    var item = db.GetItem(nodePath);

    if (item == null) return new ItemLink[0];

    var links =  Globals.LinkDatabase.GetItemReferrers(item, true);

    if (links.Length == 0)
      return "No referrence found";

    foreach (var link in links)
      var sourceItem = link.GetSourceItem();

      foreach (var item1 in sourceItem.Versions.GetVersions(true))

        var field = item1.Fields[link.SourceFieldID];
        var field2 = FieldTypeManager.GetField(field);

        if (field2 == null) return;

        using (new SecurityDisabler())

    return "All reference removed";

We can get reference items from Sitecore Link Database using this extension method

 public static Item[] GetReferrersAsItems(this Item item, bool includeStandardValues = false)
        var links = Globals.LinkDatabase.GetReferrers(item);
        if (links == null)
            return new Item[0];
        var linkedItems = links.Select(i => i.GetSourceItem()).Where(i => i != null);
        if (!includeStandardValues)
            linkedItems = linkedItems.Where(i => !i.Name.Equals("__standard values", StringComparison.InvariantCultureIgnoreCase));
        return linkedItems.ToArray();

To retrieve the referrers simply call the Globals.LinkDatabase.GetReferrers with the item passed as a parameter.

if we only want the items from within the current context site. This can be done simply by determining if an item resides beneath the current sitecontext start path.

public static Item[] GetReferencesInContextSite(this Item item)
        var siteContext = Context.Site;
        if (siteContext == null)
            return new Item[0];
        var referrers = item.GetReferencesAsItems());
        return referrers.Where(i => i.Paths.FullPath.StartsWith(siteContext.StartPath, StringComparison.InvariantCultureIgnoreCase)).ToArray();

[Credit Source][1]: https://laubplusco.net/sitecore-item-extensions-get-referrers-as-items/

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