HTML <button> tag

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope
HTML button tag

When writing in HTML, the <button> tag is an inline element used to create a clickable button. It is useful when you want to allow users to submit information or perform a search on your website. The following sections contain information about this tag, including an example of it in use, as well as related attributes and browser compatibility.

Note

The <button> tag belongs to a group of tags called form elements.

Example of <button> code

<form action="https://www.computerhope.com/cgi-bin/search.cgi">
<input name="q" type="text" size="23">
<button type="Submit">Search</button>

Example result


Clicking the Search button will search Computer Hope for whatever text you enter into the adjacent box.

Attributes

Within an HTML tag, an attribute dictates certain aspects of an HTML element. Attributes are made up of a name and value pair; all tags support standard attributes. The following table shows all of the current unique HTML attributes for the <button> tag, as well as a description of each.

Attribute Description
autofocus Designates that the button will be focused when the page loads.
disabled Disables the button.
form Designates which form(s) belong to the button.
formaction Designates where form data is sent when the button is clicked.
formenctype Designates the encoding for form data before sending it to a server.
formmethod Designates which HTTP method to use when sending form data.
formnovalidate Designates that form data should not be validated when it is submitted.
formtarget Designates where to display submitted form data.
name Designates a name for the button.
type Designates the button's type.
value Designates an initial value for the button.

Compatibility

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Additional form elements

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