James Perkins

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Next Link is one of my favorite features of Next.js, when it launched I was impressed with the team over Vercel when they handled internal versus external links.

The Problem

Next Link wraps an a when using a link and you pass the href along so where does the target=“_blank” go? Here is an example of Next Link:

<Link href={url}>
  <a>Click this link</a>

The Solution

The solution is to keep the actions on the a tag, and the href on the Link so it plays nicely with CSR (Client side routing) for example:

<Link href={url}>
  <a target="_blank">Click this link</a>