LinkExtensions.ActionLink Method (HtmlHelper, String, String, RouteValueDictionary, IDictionary<String, Object>)

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

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,
	RouteValueDictionary routeValues,
	IDictionary<string, Object> htmlAttributes


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.
Type: System.Collections.Generic.IDictionary<String, 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


The linkText parameter is null 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" }

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

    var routeValues = new RouteValueDictionary();
    routeValues.Add("Name", "Example");
    routeValues.Add("UserId", "5");

    var attributes = new Dictionary<string, object>();
    attributes.Add("id", "link1");
@Html.ActionLink("Go to contact page", "Contact", routeValues, attributes)