How do I link to an external URL in React?

Created at 06-Dec-2022, By samar

You can use the Link component or an HTML anchor tag if you want to redirect to an external link with React Router. Using the <Link> component, you can do it. It will redirect the user to the specified URL.

Anchor tag to open a external link in new tab.

<a href="https://w3codegenerator.com" target="_blank">
	Click to open (new tab)
</a>

You can do that in plain JavaScript by calling window.location.replace() method.

window.location.replace('https://w3codegenerator.com');

To navigate to external Link, set the window.location.href property. It will redirect you to a new external link.

 window.location.href = 'https://w3codegenerator.com';

You can call a function on click button to redirect url to an external link in react. You have to define a function and you have to call the function on click button. Here we have a demo code to illustrate the example.

src\App.js

import React from 'react';

export default function App() {
  const redirectto = () => {
    window.location.href = "https://google.com/contact";
  }
  return (
    <div className="App">
      <button onClick={redirectto}> Go to google </button>
    </div>
  );
}
  • Add external Link using react-external-link library

    You have to install the external link package and after that you can use it to opne external link in your react app.

    npm install react-external-link --save
    
    //add dependency using yarn 
    yarn add react-external-link
    
    import React from 'react';
    import { ExternalLink } from 'react-external-link';
    
    const App = () => (
      <div>
        <ExternalLink href="https://w3codegenerator.com" />
      </div>
    );
    
    export default App;
    

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