HTML <link> Tag

Description

The <link> HTML element is often used for linking to an external style sheet, but it can also be used for other purposes such as assisting search engines by providing links to relevant resources, and providing information on the website's navigational structure, etc.

Properties

Permitted Parents
Any element that accepts metadata elements. If itemprop is present: any element that accepts phrasing content
Content
None. It is an empty element.
Start/End Tags
Start tag: required, End tag: forbidden

Example

<head>
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="style.css" />
</head>

Attributes

Attribute Definition
href Specifies the location of a Web resource, thus defining a link between the current element (the source anchor) and the destination anchor defined by this attribute.
hreflang Specifies the base language of the resource designated by href and may only be used when href is specified.
type The MIMEtype of content at the link destination
rel Describes the relationship between the current document and the destination URI.
  • alternate
  • appendix
  • bookmark
  • chapter
  • contents
  • copyright
  • glossary
  • help
  • home
  • index
  • next
  • prev
  • section
  • start
  • stylesheet
  • subsection
rev Describes a reverse between the destination URI and the current document.
Possible values:
  • alternate
  • appendix
  • bookmark
  • chapter
  • contents
  • copyright
  • glossary
  • help
  • home
  • index
  • next
  • prev
  • section
  • start
  • stylesheet
  • subsection
target

Specifies the target frame to load the page into.
Possible Values:

  • _blank
  • _self
  • _top
  • _parent
media Specifies the device the document will be displayed on. Possible values:
  • all
  • braille
  • print
  • projection
  • screen
  • speech
charset Specifies the character encoding of the resource designated by the link.

Global Attributes

The <link> tag also supports the Global Attributes in HTML5

Event Attributes

The <link> tag also supports the Event Attributes in HTML5

Browser Support

Desktop
Explorer Edge Chrome Firefox Opera Safari
YesYes11YesYes
Tablets / Mobile
Android Chrome Firefox Opera Safari Samsung
YesYes4YesYesYes

Last updated by CSSPortal on: 6th December 2019