JavaScript – How to Open URL in New Tab

by Vincy. Last modified on February 24th, 2024.

Web pages contain external links that open URLs in a new tab. For example, Wikipedia articles show links to open the reference sites in a new tab. This is absolutely for beginners.

There are three ways to open a URL in a new tab.

  1. HTML anchor tags with target=_blank  attribute.
  2. JavaScript to set hyperlink and target.
  3. JavaScript code to create HTML link element.

HTML anchor tags with target=_blank  attribute

This is an HTML basic that you are familiar with. I added the HTML with the required attributes since the upcoming JavaScript example works with this base.

<a href="" target="_blank">Go to Phppot</a>

Scenarios of opening URL via JavaScript.

When we need to open a URL on an event basis, it has to be done via JavaScript at run time. For example,

  1. Show the PDF in a new tab after clicking generate PDF link. We have already seen how to generate PDFs using JavaScript.
  2. Show product page from the gallery via Javascript to keep track of the shopping history.

The below two sections have code to learn how to achieve opening URLs in a new tab using JavaScript.

javascript open in new tab

JavaScript to set hyperlink and target

This JavaScript one-line code sets the link to open the method. The second parameter is to set the target to open the linked URL in a new tab.'', '_blank').focus();

The above line makes opening a URL and focuses the newly opened tab.

JavaScript code to create HTML link element.

This method follows the below steps to open a URL in a new tab via JavaScript.

  • Create an anchor tag <a> by using the createElement() function.
  • Sets the href and the target properties with the reference of the link object instantiated in step 1.
  • Trigger the click event of the link element dynamically created via JS.
var url = "";
var link = document.createElement("a");
link.href = url; = "_blank";;

Browsers support: Most modern browsers support the JavaScript method.

Written by Vincy, a web developer with 15+ years of experience and a Masters degree in Computer Science. She specializes in building modern, lightweight websites using PHP, JavaScript, React, and related technologies. Phppot helps you in mastering web development through over a decade of publishing quality tutorials.

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