by Sai gowtham

How to use the href tag in React

In this tutorial, we are going to learn about how to use the href tag in react to open the link in a new tab or page.

Normally, we create a link in React using the <Link> component.

<Link to="/about">About</Link>

If we click on the above link, it will open an About page in the same tab.

To open the link in a new tab, we can use the <a> element with a target = _blank attribute. So, whenever a user clicks on a link it opens it in a new tab.

Here is an example:

<a href="https://twitter.com/" target="_blank">Twitter</a>

In the example above, if a user clicks on the Twitter link it will open the twitter url in a new tab.

Note: If you are using target=_blank, your page performance may suffer to avoid that you can use rel="noreferrer noopener".

<a href="https://twitter.com/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">
   Twitter
</a>

You can also dynamically pass a link to the href tag in react like this:

<a href={link} target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">
   Twitter
</a>

In programmatic navigation, we can use the window.open() method in react to open the link in a new tab.

Example:

import React from "react";

function App() {
  const handleClick = () => {
    window.open("http://twitter.com/");
  };

  return (
    <div>
      <h2>App</h2>
      <button onClick={handleClick}>Twitter</button>
    </div>
  );
}

export default App;

Here is how you can open the internal links in a new tab using the <Link> component in React:

<Link to="/about" target="_blank">About</Link>

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