Links are used to embed actions or pathways to more information, allowing users to click their way from page to page.


Default links are a color defined by $color-link and are 10% darker when already visited.

View example of the default link pattern


The .p-link--external class should be used on hyperlinks that go to a different domain than the current one.

Note:The `p-link--external` class makes use of the fairly new CSS Masks. For support in more browsers you should run your CSS through an autoprefixer before deploying.

View example of the external link pattern


The .p-link--soft class should be used on hyperlinks where many links are grouped together, such as a link cloud.

View example of the soft link pattern


The .p-link--inverted class should be used where links are placed on a dark background.

View example of the inverted link pattern

Back to top

The .p-top link can be used to make it easier to go back to the top on long pages. If the page is divided into different sections, you can use more than one per page.

View example of the back to top pattern


To import just this component into your project, copy the snippet below and include it in your main Sass file.

@import 'patterns_links';
@include vf-p-links;

For more information see Customising Vanilla in your projects, which includes overrides and importing instructions.


For more information view the links design spec which includes the specification in markdown format and a PNG image.