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

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

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

public static function ActionLink(
	htmlHelper : HtmlHelper, 
	linkText : String, 
	actionName : String, 
	routeValues : RouteValueDictionary
) : MvcHtmlString


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.Web.Routing.RouteValueDictionary
An object that contains the parameters for a route.

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 a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) 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.

    var routeValues = new RouteValueDictionary();
    routeValues.Add("Name", "Example");
    routeValues.Add("UserId", "5");
@Html.ActionLink("Go to contact page", "Contact", routeValues)