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HTML <button> Tag


Example

A clickable button is marked up as follows:

<button type="button" > Click Me!</button>

Definition and Usage

The <button> tag defines a clickable button.

Inside a <button> element you can put text (and tags like <i>, <strong>, <br>, <img>, etc.). This is not possible with a button created with the <input> element!

Tip: Always specify the type attribute for a <button> element, to tell browsers what type of button it is.

Tip: You can easily style buttons with CSS! Look at the examples below or visit our CSS Buttons tutorial.


Browser Support

Element
<button> Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Attributes

Attribute Value Description
autofocus autofocus Specifies that a button should automatically get focus when the page loads
disabled disabled Specifies that a button should be disabled
form form_id Specifies which form the button belongs to
formaction URL Specifies where to send the form-data when a form is submitted. Only for type="submit"
formenctype application/x-www-form-urlencoded
multipart/form-data
text/plain
Specifies how form-data should be encoded before sending it to a server. Only for type="submit"
formmethod get
post
Specifies how to send the form-data (which HTTP method to use). Only for type="submit"
formnovalidate formnovalidate Specifies that the form-data should not be validated on submission. Only for type="submit"
formtarget _blank
_self
_parent
_top
framename
Specifies where to display the response after submitting the form. Only for type="submit"
name name Specifies a name for the button
type button
reset
submit
Specifies the type of button
value text Specifies an initial value for the button

Global Attributes

The <button> tag also supports the Global Attributes in HTML.


Event Attributes

The <button> tag also supports the Event Attributes in HTML.


More Examples

Example

Use CSS to style buttons:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head >
<style>
.button {
  border : none;
  color : white;
  padding: 15px 32px;
  text-align : center;
  text-decoration : none;
  display: inline-block ;
  font-size: 16px;
  margin: 4px 2px;
  cursor : pointer;
}

.button1 {background-color: #4CAF50 ; } /* Green */
.button2 { background-color: #008CBA; } /* Blue */
</style>
</head >
<body >

<button class="button button1">Green</button>
<button class="button button2" > Blue</button>

</body>
</html >

Example

Use CSS to style buttons (with hover effect):

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head >
<style>
.button {
  border : none;
  color : white;
  padding: 16px 32px;
  text-align : center;
  text-decoration : none;
  display: inline-block ;
  font-size: 16px;
  margin: 4px 2px;
  transition-duration : 0.4s;
  cursor : pointer;
}

.button1 {
  background-color: white;
  color: black;
  border: 2px solid #4CAF50;
}

.button1:hover {
  background-color: #4CAF50;
  color : white;
}

.button2 {
  background-color: white;
  color: black ;
  border: 2px solid #008CBA ;
}

.button2:hover {
  background-color: #008CBA;
  color: white;
}

</style>
</head>
<body >

<button class="button button1" > Green</button>
<button class="button button2">Blue</button>

</body>
</html>

Related Pages

HTML DOM reference: Button Object

CSS Tutorial: Styling Buttons


Default CSS Settings

None.