Thymeleaf Link Expression

In this tutorial, we will learn how to use Thymeleaf Link Expression in a Thymeleaf HTML template with an example. 

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Link expressions are meant to build URLs in Thymeleaf templates. 

Syntax:

@{link}

Link Expressions Example

Let's understand Link expressions with an example.

Let's create a Spring boot project using the spring initializr and add Spring Web and Thymeleaf dependencies:
		<dependency>
			<groupId>org.springframework.boot</groupId>
			<artifactId>spring-boot-starter-thymeleaf</artifactId>
		</dependency>
		<dependency>
			<groupId>org.springframework.boot</groupId>
			<artifactId>spring-boot-starter-web</artifactId>
		</dependency>

User Model Class

Next, let's create a User model class with the following content into it:
package net.javaguides.thymeleaf.model;

public class User {
    private String name;
    private String email;
    private String role;
    private String gender;

    public User(String name, String email, String role, String gender) {
        this.name = name;
        this.email = email;
        this.role = role;
        this.gender = gender;
    }

    public String getName() {
        return name;
    }

    public void setName(String name) {
        this.name = name;
    }

    public String getEmail() {
        return email;
    }

    public void setEmail(String email) {
        this.email = email;
    }

    public String getRole() {
        return role;
    }

    public void setRole(String role) {
        this.role = role;
    }

    public String getGender() {
        return gender;
    }

    public void setGender(String gender) {
        this.gender = gender;
    }
}

Spring MVC Controller - UserController

Let's create a UserController and add the handler method to return the Thymeleaf template like:
package net.javaguides.thymeleaf.controller;

import net.javaguides.thymeleaf.model.User;
import org.springframework.stereotype.Controller;
import org.springframework.ui.Model;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.GetMapping;

@Controller
public class UserController {

    // handler method to handle link expressions
    // http://localhost:8080/link-expression
    @GetMapping("link-expression")
    public String linkExpression(Model model){
        model.addAttribute("id", 1);
        return "link-expression";
    }
}

Thymeleaf Template: link-expression.html

Here is the Thymeleaf template that demonstrates the usage of Link expressions:
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en"
    xmlns:th="http://www.thymeleaf.org"
>
<head>
    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <title>Link Expressions</title>
    <link th:href="@{/css/demo.css}" rel="stylesheet" />
</head>
<body>
<h1>Link Expressions Demo:</h1>
<a th:href="@{/variable-expression}"> variable-expression </a>
<a th:href="@{/selection-expression}"> selection-expression </a>
<p> <a th:href="@{link-expression/{id}(id=${id})}">link with parameter</a></p>
</body>
</html>

Demo

Run the Spring boot application and hit the below link in the browser:

Here is the output:

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