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HTML <a> href Attribute

HTML a Tag Reference HTML <a> tag

Example

The href attribute specifies the link's destination:

<a href="http://www.w3schools.com">Visit W3Schools</a>

Try it Yourself »

More "Try it Yourself" examples below.


Browser Support

Internet Explorer Firefox Opera Google Chrome Safari

The href attribute is supported in all major browsers.


Definition and Usage

The href attribute specifies the URL of the page the link goes to.

If the href attribute is not present, the <a> tag is not a hyperlink.


Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5

In HTML5, if the <a> tag has no href attribute, it is a placeholder for a hyperlink.


Syntax

<a href="URL">

Attribute Values

Value Description
URL The URL of the link.

Possible values:

  • An absolute URL - points to another web site (like href="http://www.example.com/default.htm")
  • A relative URL - points to a file within a web site (like href="default.htm")
  • Link to an element with a specified id within the page (like href="#top")
  • Other protocols (like https://, ftp://, mailto:, file:, etc..)
  • A script (like href="javascript:alert('Hello');")


Examples

Try it Yourself - Examples

Link to an element with a specified id
How to link to an element with a specified id within a page (the name attribute is not supported in HTML5).

Create a mailto link
How to link to a mail message (will only work if you have mail installed).

Create a mailto link 2
Another mailto link.

Link to a JavaScript
How to add a JavaScript inside the href attribute.


HTML a Tag Reference HTML <a> tag

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