Get Clicked Link URL using jQuery

In this tutorial we will learn How to Get Clicked Link URL using jQuery. The jQuery attr() Method and preventDefault() Method are used to get the exact url of the clicked link instead of going to that url.

jQuery attr() Method

jQuery attr() Method sets or returns the attributes and values of the selected HTML element.

In this example attr() method will return the value of href which is URL of the link.

jQuery preventDefault() Method

jQuery preventDefault() Method stops the default action of targeted HTML element from happening.

In this example preventDefault() method is used to stop redirection towards the url. Because our goal is to get the link's url on the same page.

HTML Code

HTML Code is given below, in this code we have a link tag or anchor tag with the url set inside href attribute.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<title>Get Clicked Link URL using jQuery</title>
<script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-3.5.1.min.js"></script> 
</head>
<body>
    
<a id='link' href="https://www.howtocodeschool.com/">Click Me</a>    
    
<script src="script.js"></script>    
</body>
</html>

JQuery Code

JQuery Code is given below, the code is executed whenever link is clicked. This is done using the jQuery click() method.

Then the preventDefault() method is used to stop the redirection of page to the URL and the exact url is get from href attribute with the help of attr() method.

Take a look at the code given below.

<script>
$(document).ready(function(){
    $('#link').click(function(event){
        event.preventDefault();
        var url = $(this).attr("href");
        alert(url); 
    }); 
});
</script>

Demo

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