Open Graph Checker

Open Graph Checker

Preview Open Graph Meta Tags

Open Graph is a protocol developed by Facebook that allows web pages to become presentable objects in a social media. By adding Open Graph meta tags to the head section of web pages, sites can control what appears when their pages are shared on social media.

Some key things to know about Open Graph include:

  • It enables richer sharing on social media - When you share a page with Open Graph tags, you'll see a preview with images, descriptions, etc. rather than just a plain URL.

  • The tags define meta data - Title, description, images, and any other relevant data for your content.

  • Many social platforms support it - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Slack, and others leverage Open Graph for sharing.

  • It can improve click-through rates - By making your links stand out more in the social feed, Open Graph can lead to more people clicking on them.

Having Open Graph meta data ensures your content looks great when shared and gives you more control over how it appears. It's an important tool for managing your brand and reach online.


Exploring the Open Graph Protocol

The Open Graph protocol was created to standardize the representation of any web page in the social graph. When you share a link on social media, Open Graph tags tell the platform how to structure the preview snippet for that URL.

Some key things the tags define include:

  • Title - The title shown in social shares

  • Description - A 1-2 sentence summary of the content

  • Images - The images displayed in the preview

  • Site name - The source site or app name

  • URL - The canonical URL to display

Platforms like Facebook and Twitter then parse the tags and generate a rich preview with images, descriptions, etc. By structuring the metadata this way, Open Graph creates a consistent sharing experience across social sites.

How to Find and Use an Open Graph Checker

Checking how your web pages will look when shared on social media is easy with an Open Graph preview tool. Here is a step-by-step guide:

  1. Visit Toolur Open Graph checker

  2. Enter URL - Enter the URL of the page you want to check into the tool.

  3. Scan page - The tool will scan the page and look for Open Graph meta tags.

  4. See preview - It generates a preview of how the page will look when shared on social sites.

  5. Check tags - You can review what Open Graph tags are defined on the page to optimize.

Types of Open Graph Tags

The main types of Open Graph meta tags you can add are:

  • og:title - The title for the preview snippet, e.g. a headline

  • og:description - A 1-2 sentence description of the content

  • og:image - The URL of the main image displayed

  • og:url - The canonical URL you want to show

  • og:site_name - The name of the website or tool

  • og:type - The type of content, e.g. "article"

These form the foundation. Additional optional tags like og:video for videos, og:locale for language, and more allow further customization of how content appears.

How to Add Open Graph Meta Tags to Your HTML

Adding Open Graph tags to your HTML is easy once you understand the basics. Here is a simple overview:

  1. Place tags in section - This is where all HTML metadata goes.

  2. Start each tag with og: - e.g. og:title, og:image.

  3. Use name/property attributes - These define the data.

  4. Close with /> - Ends the meta tag.

For example:

  <meta property="og:title" content="Page Title" />
  <meta property="og:description" content="A description." />

That covers the essential structure! Next let's look at defining the content itself.

Understanding the Content Property

The content property contains the actual data you want to appear in the social preview. This is what shows up as the title, description, etc. when shared.

For text data like titles, you can just put the text string in the quotes after content=. For images and other media, input the direct URL to the file.

Specifying the Type of Content

The og:type tag allows you to specify what kind of content the page contains. This gives social media additional context on how to structure the preview.

Common types are "website" for homepages, "article" for blog posts or articles, "video" for video pages, and more. The Open Graph protocol defines many options.


Implementing Open Graph metadata should be a priority for any brand or publisher focused on social media and SEO. The tags enable you to control how your content appears across the social web


Alex Smith


I build online web software to simplify and solve daily life problems.

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