The <a> SVG element defines a hyperlink.

Since this element shares its tag name with HTML's <a> element, selecting "a" with CSS or querySelector may apply to the wrong kind of element. Try the @namespace rule to distinguish between the two.

Usage context

CategoriesContainer element
Permitted contentAny number of the following elements, in any order:
Animation elements
Descriptive elements
Shape elements
Structural elements
Gradient elements
<a>, <altGlyphDef>, <clipPath>, <color-profile>, <cursor>, <filter>, <font>, <font-face>, <foreignObject>, <image>, <marker>, <mask>, <pattern>, <script>, <style>, <switch>, <text>, <view>


Global attributes

Specific attributes

No browser supports all XLink attributes.

DOM Interface

This element implements the SVGAElement interface.



<svg width="140" height="30" xmlns="" 

  <a href=""
    <rect height="30" width="120" y="0" x="0" rx="15"/>
    <text fill="white" text-anchor="middle" 
          y="21" x="60">SVG on MDN</text>



Specification Status Comment
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 2
The definition of '<a>' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Replaced xlink:href attribute by href
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition)
The definition of '<a>' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) IE Opera Safari
Basic support 1.0 (Yes) 1.5 (1.8) 9.0 9.0 3.0.4
Feature Android Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 3.0 (Yes) 1.0 (1.8) No support (Yes) 3.0.4

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