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ButtonLink / React

Button links are mix of text links and buttons. They are supposed to be used when a context says it’s clickable element.

To implement ButtonLink component into your project you’ll need to add the import:

import ButtonLink from "@kiwicom/orbit-components/lib/ButtonLink";

After adding import into your project you can use it simply like:

<ButtonLink>Hello World!</ButtonLink>


Table below contains all types of the props available in ButtonLink component.

Name Type Default Description
ariaControls string Id of the element the button controls.
ariaExpanded boolean Tells screen reader the controlled element from ariaControls is expanded
block boolean false If true, the ButtonLink will grow up to the full width of its container.
circled boolean false If true, the ButtonLink will have circular shape.
children React.Node The content of the ButtonLink. See Functional specs
component string | React.Node "button" The component used for the root node. Either a string to use a DOM element or a component.
disabled boolean false If true, the ButtonLink will be disabled.
dataTest string Optional prop for testing purposes.
external boolean false If true, the ButtonLink opens link in a new tab. See Functional specs
href string The URL of link to open when ButtonLink is clicked. See Functional specs
icon React.Node The displayed icon on the left (will be removed in the future, use iconLeft instead).
iconLeft React.Node The displayed icon on the left.
iconRight React.Node The displayed icon on the right.
onClick event => void | Promise Function for handling onClick event.
ref func Prop for forwarded ref of the Button.
role string Specifies the role of an element.
size enum "normal" The size of the ButtonLink.
spaceAfter enum Additional margin-bottom after component. See this docs
submit boolean false If true, the Button will have type="submit" attribute, otherwise type="button".
tabIndex string Specifies the tab order of an element.
transparent boolean false If true, the ButtonLink will not have :hover and :active state.
title string Adds aria-label.
type enum "primary" The type of ButtonLink.
width number 0 The width of the ButtonLink. Number is defined in px.


type size
"primary" "small"
"secondary" "normal"

Functional specs

  • When the external is specified, noopener and noreferrer values will automatically added to attribute rel for security reason.

  • By passing the href prop into Button, it will render into a element. If you pass component prop it will override this logic.

  • If you want to render Icon only ButtonLink, you just need to let children prop empty and set up any icon you want to use.

  • If you want to use the component prop then YourComponent should accept at least className. Otherwise it won’t be rendered with proper styling, e.g.:

const YourComponent = props => <div {...props} />

<ButtonLink component={YourComponent}>Title</ButtonLink>

If you specify the children of YourComponent component, it will override the children prop of Button component, e.g.:

const YourComponent = props => <div {...props}>YourComponent</div>

<ButtonLink component={YourComponent}>Title</ButtonLink>

This example will render ButtonLink in div with children YourComponent and not Title.


If you use ButtonLink without href so it’s rendered as a <button> HTML element, then you can use props below. In case you are passing href and element is rendered as <a> then it should be treated as a link and ariaControls, ariaExpanded shouldn’t be useful.

  • Use ariaControls prop to add aria-controls attribute to establish the relationship between button and element which is controlled by it. aria-controls works only with a unique id of an element.

  • Use ariaExpands prop to add aria-expands to indicate screenreaders, that element controlled by button through ariaControls is expanded or not.

  • Use disabled prop to indicate users that button is inactive and they can’t interact with it.

  • Use role and tabIndex when you are rendering ButtonLink to non-actionable HTML element as div or span. However, this should be done only in edge-cases as it is anti-pattern behavior.

  • Use title to add aria-label when you need to add extra informations to screen readers or there is no children presented to be used as label.