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HTML base Tag

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Published Mar 19, 2019
Updated Oct 1, 2019

HTML base Tag: Main Tips

  • <base> element defines base URL for all the relative links in the HTML document.
  • HTML <base> tag does not have the closing tag.

Use of base

<base> specifies the HTML base URL for relative links in a web page.

Example
<head>
  <title>HTML base tag example</title>
  <base href="https://www.bitdegree.org/courses">
</head>

There are certain rules for using this element:

  • <base> HTML must be included only once in the HTML file.
  • It has to be put in the <head>.
  • Do not add content inside the HTML <base> tag.
  • Do not include a closing tag.

Attributes for base

href

The <base href=""> defines the base URL for all the relative URLs in the document.

Example
<head>
  <base href="https://www.bitdegree.org/course/">
</head>

target

By including the target attribute, you can set the <base> HTML to open links either in the current browser window or in a new one.

Example
<head>
<base target="_blank">
</head>
  • _self opens the link in the same browser window.
  • _blank opens the link in a new browser window.
  • _parent opens a link in a parent window of the current window.
  • _top opens a link in the top-level browsing window.

Browser Support

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Edge
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Firefox
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IE
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Opera
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Safari
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Mobile Browser Support

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Firefox
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Opera
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Safari
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