hyperlink – How to open link in new tab on html?

The Question :

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I’m working on an HTML project, and I can’t find out how to open a link in a new tab without javascript.

I already know that <a href="http://www.WEBSITE_NAME.com"></a> opens the link in same tab. Any ideas how to make it open in a new one?

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  • use <a href="url" target="_blank">...</a>
  • As Rohit says, add the param target=”_blank”, however, on FireFox at least if you do two underscores target=”__blank” it will open in a new tab, but clicking other links using the same double underscore, opens the new pages in the previous new tab, meaning you only have one additional tab open.

The Answer 1

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Set the ‘target’ attribute of the link to _blank:

<a href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Link</a>

Edit: for other examples, see here: http://www.w3schools.com/tags/att_a_target.asp

(Note: I previously suggested blank instead of _blank because, if used, it’ll open a new tab and then use the same tab if the link is clicked again. However, this is only because, as GolezTrol pointed out, it refers to the name a of a frame/window, which would be set and used when the link is pressed again to open it in the same tab).

Security Consideration!

The rel="noopener noreferrer" is to prevent the newly opened tab from being able to modify the original tab maliciously. For more information about this vulnerability see these resources:

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Use one of these as per your requirements.

Open the linked document in a new window or tab:

 <a href="xyz.html" target="_blank"> Link </a>

Open the linked document in the same frame as it was clicked (this is default):

 <a href="xyz.html" target="_self"> Link </a>

Open the linked document in the parent frame:

 <a href="xyz.html" target="_parent"> Link </a>

Open the linked document in the full body of the window:

 <a href="xyz.html" target="_top"> Link </a>

Open the linked document in a named frame:

 <a href="xyz.html" target="framename"> Link </a>


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If you would like to make the command once for your entire site, instead of having to do it after every link. Try this place within the Head of your web site and bingo.

<title>your text</title>
<base target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">

hope this helps

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Use target="_blank":

<a href="http://www.example.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">This will open in a new window!</a>

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When to use target='_blank' :

The HTML version (Some devices not support it):

<a href="http://chriscoyier.net" target="_blank">This link will open in new window/tab</a>

The JavaScript version for all Devices :

The use of rel=”external” is perfectly valid

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.3.2/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
    $('a[rel="external"]').attr('target', '_blank');

and for Jquery can try with the below one:

$("#content a[href^='http://']").attr("target","_blank");

If browser setting don’t allow you to open in new windows :

href = "google.com";
onclick="window.open (this.href, ''); return false";

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target="_blank" attribute will do the job. Just don’t forget to add rel="noopener noreferrer" to solve the potential vulnerability. More on that here: https://dev.to/ben/the-targetblank-vulnerability-by-example

<a href="https://www.google.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Searcher</a>

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You can use:

<a href="http://www.WEBSITE_NAME.com"  target="_blank"> Website</a>

However the above make your site vulnerable to phishing attacks. You can prevent it from happening in some browsers by adding rel=”noopener noreferrer” to your link. With this added, the above example becomes:

<a href="http://www.WEBSITE_NAME.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Website.com</a> 

check out for more information: https://www.thesitewizard.com/html-tutorial/open-links-in-new-window-or-tab.shtml

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You could do it like this:

<a href="http://www.WEBSITE_NAME.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Open</a>

Originally was:

<a href="http://www.WEBSITE_NAME.com"></a>

Also look at the following url on MDN for more information about security and privacy:


which in turn has a link to a good article named Target=”_blank” – the most underestimated vulnerability ever:


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The simple way to open the link in a new tab is to add a target attribute in the link having a value equals to “_blanl”, like this :

<a href="http://www.WEBSITE_NAME.com" target="_blank"></a>

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If anyone is looking out for using it to apply on the react then you can follow the code pattern given below. You have to add extra property which is rel.

<a href="mysite.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" >Click me to open in new Window</a>

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