How to Use a Button as a Vue Router Link

To use a button as a Vue Router link, wrap the button element in a router-link component. When the button is clicked, the browser will navigate to the specified route without refreshing the page.

<template>
  <div>
    <router-link
      to="/posts"
      custom
      v-slot="{ navigate }"
    >
      <button
        @click="navigate"
        role="link"
      >
        Posts
      </button>
    </router-link>
  </div>
</template>
Navigating to the "/posts" route without refreshing the page.
Navigating the the /posts route without refreshing the page.

The router-link component has a default slot with a navigate function property.

The to prop is used to set the route that the browser should navigate to when this navigate function is called.

We make navigate an event handler of the button click event, so it is called when the button is clicked, making the browser navigate to the route specified with the to prop.

Setting the custom prop to true tells the router-link not to wrap its content in an <a> element, and allow us to create a custom router link.

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The above method only works for Vue 3.x though. If working with Vue 2.x, you can use a button as a router link by setting the tag prop to the name of the button component, and setting the to prop to the specific route.

<template>
  <div>
    <router-link to="/posts" tag="button">Posts</router-link>
  </div>
</template>

The $router.push() method

Alternatively, we can use a button as a Vue router link by calling the push() method on the $router variable made available by Vue Router.

<template>
  <div>
    <button @click="$router.push('/posts')">Posts</button>
  </div>
</template>

The $router variable represents the router instance and can be used for programmatic navigation.

When using Vue Router with Vuetify, we can use the button component as a router link by setting the v-btn to prop.

<template>
  <div>
    <v-btn
      to="/posts"
      color="primary"
      dark
    >
      Posts
    </v-btn>
  </div>
</template>

We can set the b-button to prop to use the Vue Bootstrap button component as a Vue Router link.

<template>
  <div>
    <b-button
      to="/posts"
      variant="success"
    >
      Posts
    </b-button>
  </div>
</template>


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