HTML – Anchor

The HTML anchor tag defines a hyperlink that links one page to another page. It can create hyperlink to other web page as well as files, location, or any URL. The “href” attribute is the most important attribute of the HTML a tag. and which links to destination page or URL.

href attribute of HTML anchor tag

The href attribute is used to define the address of the file to be linked. In other words, it points out the destination page.

The syntax of HTML anchor tag is given below.

<a href = "..........."> Link Text </a>

Let’s see an example of HTML anchor tag.

  1. <a href=”second.html”>Click for Second Page</a>  

If we want to open that link to another page then we can use target attribute of <a> tag. With the help of this link will be open in next page.


  1. <!DOCTYPE html>  
  2. <html>  
  3. <head>  
  4.     <title></title>  
  5. </head>  
  6. <body>  
  7. <p>Click on <a href=”” target=”_blank”> this-link </a>to go on home page of JavaTpoint.</p>  
  8. </body>  
  9. </html>  


  • The target attribute can only use with href attribute in anchor tag.
  • If we will not use target attribute then link will open in same page.

Appearance of HTML anchor tag

An unvisited link is displayed underlined and blue.

visited link displayed underlined and purple.

An active link is underlined and red.

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