How do I redirect a user when a button is clicked?


I have a view with a button. When the user clicks the button I want them redirected to a data entry view. How do I accomplish this? I should mention the views are created, tested, and functioning. I can get to them by typing the url.

I looked for steps explaining how to wire up the onclick event of the button but I'm new to MVC and kinda lost at this point.



It depends on what you mean by button. If it is a link:

<%= Html.ActionLink("some text", "actionName", "controllerName") %>

For posting you could use a form:

<% using(Html.BeginForm("actionName", "controllerName")) { %>
    <input type="submit" value="Some text" />
<% } %>

And finally if you have a button:

<input type="button" value="Some text" onclick="window.location.href='<%= Url.Action("actionName", "controllerName") %>';" />
$("#yourbuttonid").click(function(){ document.location = "<%= Url.Action("Youraction") %>";})

If, like me, you don't like to rely on JavaScript for links on buttons. You can also use a anchor and style it like your buttons using CSS.

<a href="/Controller/View" class="Button">Text</a>

Or, if none of the above works then you can use following approach as it worked for me.

Imagine this is your button

<button class="btn" onclick="NavigateToPdf(${Id});"></button>

I got the value for ${Id} filled using jquery templates. You can use whatever suits your requirement. In the following function, I am setting window.location.href equal to controller name then action name and then finally parameter. I am able to successfully navigate.

function NavigateToPdf(id) {
    window.location.href = "Link/Pdf/" + id;

I hope it helps.

Just as an addition to the other answers, here is the razor engine syntax:

<input type="button" value="Some text" onclick="@("window.location.href='" + @Url.Action("actionName", "controllerName") + "'");" />


window.location.href = '@Url.Action("actionName", "controllerName")';

if using JQuery, you can do this :

<script type="text/javascript">
    $('#buttonid').click(function () {
        document.location = '@Url.Action("ActionName","ControllerName")';

You can easily wrap your button tag with tag.Using Url.Action() HTML Helper this will get to navigate to one page to another.

<a href='@Url.Action("YourAction", "YourController")'>
    <input type='button' value='Dummy Button' />

If you want to navigate with javascript onclick() function then use

<input type='button' value='Dummy Button' onclick='window.location = "@Url.Action("YourAction", "YourController")";' />

RIGHT ANSWER HERE: Answers above are correct (for some of them) but let's make this simple -- with one tag.

I prefer to use input tags, but you can use a button tag

Here's what your solution should look like using HTML:

< input type="button" class="btn btn-info" onclick='window.location.href = "@Url.Action("Index", "ReviewPendingApprovals", routeValues: null)"'/> // can omit or modify routeValues to your liking

It has been my experience that ASP MVC really does not like traditional use of button so much. Instead I use:

  <input type="button" class="addYourCSSClassHere" value="WordsOnButton" onclick="window.location= '@Url.Action( "ActionInControllerHere", "ControllerNameHere")'" />
<li class="nav-item">
    <a class="nav-link text-dark" asp-area="" asp-page="/UsersPage">Users</a>

Try this