The <a> SVG element creates a hyperlink to other web pages, files, locations in the same page, email addresses, or any other URL. It is very similar to HTML's <a> element.

SVG's <a> element is a container, which means you can create a link around text (like in HTML) but also around any shape.


<svg viewBox="0 0 100 100" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg">
  <!-- A link around a shape -->
  <a href="/docs/Web/SVG/Element/circle">
    <circle cx="50" cy="40" r="35" />

  <!-- A link around a text -->
  <a href="/docs/Web/SVG/Element/text">
    <text x="50" y="90" text-anchor="middle">&lt;circle&gt;</text>
/* As SVG does not provide a default visual style for links,
   it's considered best practice to add some */

@namespace svg url(http://www.w3.org/2000/svg);
/* Necessary to select only SVG <a> elements, and not also HTML's.
   See warning below */

svg|a:visited {
  cursor: pointer;

svg|a text,
text svg|a {
  fill: blue; /* Even for text, SVG uses fill over color */
  text-decoration: underline;

svg|a:active {
  outline: dotted 1px blue;

Warning: 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 the two.



Instructs browsers to download a URL instead of navigating to it, so the user will be prompted to save it as a local file. Value type: <string> ; Default value: none; Animatable: no


The URL or URL fragment the hyperlink points to. Value type: <URL> ; Default value: none; Animatable: yes


The human language of the URL or URL fragment that the hyperlink points to. Value type: <string> ; Default value: none; Animatable: yes

ping Experimental

A space-separated list of URLs to which, when the hyperlink is followed, POST requests with the body PING will be sent by the browser (in the background). Typically used for tracking. For a more widely-supported feature addressing the same use cases, see Navigator.sendBeacon(). Value type: <list-of-URLs> ; Default value: none; Animatable: no


Which referrer to send when fetching the URL. Value type: no-referrer|no-referrer-when-downgrade|same-origin|origin|strict-origin|origin-when-cross-origin|strict-origin-when-cross-origin|unsafe-url ; Default value: none; Animatable: no


The relationship of the target object to the link object. Value type: <list-of-Link-Types> ; Default value: none; Animatable: yes


Where to display the linked URL. Value type: _self|_parent|_top|_blank|<name> ; Default value: _self; Animatable: yes


A MIME type for the linked URL. Value type: <string> ; Default value: none; Animatable: yes

xlink:href Deprecated

The URL or URL fragment that the hyperlink points to. May be required for backwards compatibility for older browsers. Value type: <URL> ; Default value: none; Animatable: yes

Global attributes

Core Attributes

Most notably: id, lang, tabindex

Styling Attributes
class, style
Conditional Processing Attributes

Most notably: requiredExtensions, systemLanguage

Event Attributes

Global event attributes, Document element event attributes, Graphical event attributes

Presentation Attributes

Most notably: clip-path, clip-rule, color, color-interpolation, color-rendering, cursor, display, fill, fill-opacity, fill-rule, filter, mask, opacity, pointer-events, shape-rendering, stroke, stroke-dasharray, stroke-dashoffset, stroke-linecap, stroke-linejoin, stroke-miterlimit, stroke-opacity, stroke-width, transform, vector-effect, visibility

Most notably: xlink:title

ARIA Attributes

aria-activedescendant, aria-atomic, aria-autocomplete, aria-busy, aria-checked, aria-colcount, aria-colindex, aria-colspan, aria-controls, aria-current, aria-describedby, aria-details, aria-disabled, aria-dropeffect, aria-errormessage, aria-expanded, aria-flowto, aria-grabbed, aria-haspopup, aria-hidden, aria-invalid, aria-keyshortcuts, aria-label, aria-labelledby, aria-level, aria-live, aria-modal, aria-multiline, aria-multiselectable, aria-orientation, aria-owns, aria-placeholder, aria-posinset, aria-pressed, aria-readonly, aria-relevant, aria-required, aria-roledescription, aria-rowcount, aria-rowindex, aria-rowspan, aria-selected, aria-setsize, aria-sort, aria-valuemax, aria-valuemin, aria-valuenow, aria-valuetext, role

Usage notes


Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 2
# Links

Browser compatibility

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