How to Open a Link in a New Tab Programmatically in React

To open a link in a new tab programmatically in React, call the window.open() method with the link as an argument, e.g., window.open('https://codingbeautydev.com'). The open() method will open the link in a new browser tab.

In the following example, we programmatically open the link in a new tab at the end of a countdown:

App.js

import { useRef, useEffect, useState } from 'react';

export default function App() {
  const [timeLeft, setTimeLeft] = useState(3);
  const interval = useRef();

  useEffect(() => {
    interval.current = setInterval(() => {
      // Decrease "timeLeft" by 1 every second
      setTimeLeft((prev) => prev - 1);
    }, 1000);

    return () => clearInterval(interval.current);
  }, []);

  useEffect(() => {
    // Open the link in a new tab when the countdown ends
    if (timeLeft === 0) {
      clearInterval(interval.current);

      // ūüĎá Open link in new tab programmatically
      window.open('https://codingbeautydev.com', '_blank', 'noreferrer');
    }
  }, [timeLeft]);

  return (
    <div>
      The link will open in <b>{timeLeft}</b> second(s)
    </div>
  );
}
The link is opened in a new tab when the countdown ends.
The link is opened in a new tab when the countdown ends.

We use the open() method of the window object to programmatically open a link in a new tab. This method has three optional parameters:

  1. url: The URL of the page to open in a new tab.
  2. target: like the target attribute of the <a> element, this parameter’s value specifies where to open the linked document, i.e., the browsing context. It accepts all the values the target attribute of the <a> element accepts.
  3. windowFeatures: A comma-separated list of feature options for the window. noreferrer is one of these options.

Passing _blank to the target parameter makes the link get opened in a new tab.

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Being able to open a link in a new tab programmatically means that we can use a button in place of an anchor link to open a URL on click. We’d just set an onClick event listener on the button element and call the window.open() method in the listener.

For example:

App.js

export default function App() {
  const openInNewTab = (url) => {
    window.open(url, '_blank', 'noreferrer');
  };

  return (
    <div>
      <p>Visit codingbeautydev.com in a new tab</p>

      <button
        role="link"
        onClick={() => openInNewTab('https://codingbeautydev.com')}
      >
        Visit
      </button>
    </div>
  );
}
Clicking the button opens the link in a new tab.
Clicking the button opens the link in a new tab.


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