Stretched Link

Make any HTML element or Bootstrap component clickable by β€œstretching” a nested link via CSS.

Stretched-link on Bootstrap
Example

Add .stretched-link to a link to make its containing block clickable via a ::after pseudo element. In most cases, this means that an element with position: relative; that contains a link with the .stretched-link class is clickable.

Cards have position: relative by default in Bootstrap, so in this case you can safely add the .stretched-link class to a link in the card without any other HTML changes.

Multiple links and tap targets are not recommended with stretched links. However, some position and z-index styles can help should this be required.

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Card with stretched link

Some quick example text to build on the card title and make up the bulk of the card's content.

Go somewhere
<div class="card" style="width: 18rem;">
  <img class="card-img-top" src="../../assets/img/generic/1.jpg" alt="..." />
  <div class="card-body">
    <h5 class="card-title">Card with stretched link</h5>
    <p class="card-text">Some quick example text to build on the card title and make up the bulk of the card's content.</p><a class="btn btn-primary stretched-link" href="#">Go somewhere</a>
  </div>
</div>
Identifying the containing block

If the stretched link doesn’t seem to work, the containing block will probably be the cause. The following CSS properties will make an element the containing block:

  • A position value other than static
  • A transform or perspective value other than none
  • A will-change value of transform or perspective
  • A filter value other than none or a will-change value of filter (only works on Firefox)
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Card with stretched links

Some quick example text to build on the card title and make up the bulk of the card's content.

Stretched link will not work here, because position: relative is added to the link

This stretched link will only be spread over the p-tag, because a transform is applied to it.

<div class="card shadow-lg" style="width: 18rem;"><img class="card-img-top" src="../../assets/img/generic/2.jpg" alt="..." />
  <div class="card-body">
    <h6 class="card-title fs-3">Card with stretched links</h6>
    <p class="card-text">Some quick example text to build on the card title and make up the bulk of the card's content.</p>
    <p class="card-text"><a class="stretched-link text-info" href="#" style="position: relative;">Stretched link will not work here, because <code class="text-danger">position: relative</code> is added to the link</a></p>
    <p class="card-text bg-light" style="transform: rotate(0);">This <a class="text-warning stretched-link" href="#">stretched link</a> will only be spread over the <code>p</code>-tag, because a transform is applied to it.</p>
  </div>
</div>

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