LinkExtensions.ActionLink Method (HtmlHelper, String, String, String, Object, Object)

Returns an anchor element (a element) that contains the virtual path of the specified action.

Namespace:  System.Web.Mvc.Html
Assembly:  System.Web.Mvc (in System.Web.Mvc.dll)


<ExtensionAttribute> _
Public Shared Function ActionLink ( _
    htmlHelper As HtmlHelper, _
    linkText As String, _
    actionName As String, _
    controllerName As String, _
    routeValues As Object, _
    htmlAttributes As Object _
) As MvcHtmlString
Dim htmlHelper As HtmlHelper 
Dim linkText As String 
Dim actionName As String 
Dim controllerName As String 
Dim routeValues As Object 
Dim htmlAttributes As Object 
Dim returnValue As MvcHtmlString 

returnValue = htmlHelper.ActionLink(linkText, _
    actionName, controllerName, routeValues, _
public static MvcHtmlString ActionLink(
    this HtmlHelper htmlHelper,
    string linkText,
    string actionName,
    string controllerName,
    Object routeValues,
    Object htmlAttributes
static MvcHtmlString^ ActionLink(
    HtmlHelper^ htmlHelper, 
    String^ linkText, 
    String^ actionName, 
    String^ controllerName, 
    Object^ routeValues, 
    Object^ htmlAttributes
static member ActionLink : 
        htmlHelper:HtmlHelper * 
        linkText:string * 
        actionName:string * 
        controllerName:string * 
        routeValues:Object * 
        htmlAttributes:Object -> MvcHtmlString
public static function ActionLink(
    htmlHelper : HtmlHelper, 
    linkText : String, 
    actionName : String, 
    controllerName : String, 
    routeValues : Object, 
    htmlAttributes : Object
) : MvcHtmlString


  • linkText
    Type: System.String

    The inner text of the anchor element.

  • routeValues
    Type: System.Object

    An object that contains the parameters for a route. The parameters are retrieved through reflection by examining the properties of the object. The object is typically created by using object initializer syntax.

  • htmlAttributes
    Type: System.Object

    An object that contains the HTML attributes to set for the element.

Return Value

Type: System.Web.Mvc.MvcHtmlString
An anchor element (a element).

Usage Note

In Visual Basic and C#, you can call this method as an instance method on any object of type HtmlHelper. When you use instance method syntax to call this method, omit the first parameter. For more information, see or


Exception Condition

The linkText parameter is nulla null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) or empty.


The ActionLink method renders an element that links to an action method.

The htmlAttributes parameter consists of an object that contains name/value pairs. The attributes that are specified in the name/value pairs depend on the HTML element that is being rendered. For example, for an anchor (a) element, you might provide the following anonymous object:

new { target="_self", name="summary" }
New With {.target="_self", .name="summary" }

See Also


LinkExtensions Class

ActionLink Overload

System.Web.Mvc.Html Namespace