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HTML <button> tag

The HTML <button> element represents a clickable button, which can be used in forms or anywhere in a document that needs simple, standard button functionality.

While creating a button within HTML form you can also use <input> tag to create similar buttons.

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The button can be programmed to control custom functionality using JavaScript.

By default, HTML buttons are typically presented in a style similar to that of the host platform the browser is running on, but you can change the appearance of the button using CSS. (See Examples below)

Browser compatibility

The <button> element is fully supported by all browsers:

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The following table shows the attributes that are specific to the <button> tag:

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Attribute Value Description
autofocus - Specifies that a button should automatically get focus when the page loads
disabled - Specifies that a button should be disabled
form id Specifies one or more forms 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
Specifies how form-data should be encoded before sending it to a server. Only for type="submit"
formmethod get
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
Specifies where to display the response after submitting the form. Only for type="submit"
name string Specifies a name for the button
type button
Specifies the type of button
value text Specifies an initial value for the button

Global Attributes

The <button> tag supports the global attributes described in HTML Global Attributes Reference

Event Attributes

The <button> tag supports the event attributes described in HTML Events Reference

More Examples

The following example shows how you can style buttons using CSS:

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Last updated: Tuesday 18 Sep, 2018