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

Returns an anchor element (a element) for the specified link text, action, and route values.

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

public static MvcHtmlString ActionLink(
	this HtmlHelper htmlHelper,
	string linkText,
	string actionName,
	Object routeValues


Type: System.Web.Mvc.HtmlHelper
The HTML helper instance that this method extends.
Type: System.String
The inner text of the anchor element.
Type: System.String
The name of the action.
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.

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


The linkText parameter is null or empty.

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

The following example shows how to use this form of the method.

@Html.ActionLink("Go to contact page", "Contact", new { Name = "Example" })