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How to Use Router Link With Vuetify Buttons

If you’ve used vue-router and Vuetify in the same project you probably noticed that there’s no connective explanation about how to use router-link with Vuetify buttons.

The vue-router documentation says we can use tag prop to specify which tag to render to. But when we use this approach to render v-btn inside router-link, we can’t pass the attributes we want and a double formatting issue arises.

Alternatively, when we don’t use any tag attribute at all, vue-router wraps the entire button in a <a> tag. But then formatting for the button gets mutated and there’ll be an underline added to the text as text-decoration.

By the end of this blog post, we will learn how to use Vuetify buttons ( with its attributes ) with vue-router, without wrapping it inside router-link. Also, we will take a look at unwanted scenarios and inspect why they aren’t working.

Project Setup

We are going to use Vue CLI ( 4.5.13 ) to set up the project. This will allow us to add Vuetify with just 15 characters. So, let’s get started.

Creating the app

vue create vuetify-router-buttons

Project configuration

We will manually select features for this project.


Just pick Router and continue to select Vue version. We don’t need anything extra to demonstrate the example.


Choose Vue 2.x as a version.


At this point, you might ask why are we choosing Vue 2 for this project. Is there a specific reason?

The answer is yes, here’s a direct explanation from Vuetify documentation.

The current version of Vuetify does not support Vue 3. Support for Vue 3 will come with the release of Vuetify v3. When creating a new project, please ensure you selected Vue 2 from the Vue CLI prompts, or that you are installing to an existing Vue 2 project.

For the next step, say yes to the using history mode for the router.


Pick dedicated config files for project config, or whichever you prefer.


If you are going to use this setup for future projects, you can save it as a preset or you can say no to this question if you’re just experimenting.


When setup is finished go into the project folder

cd vuetify-router-buttons

Installing Vuetify

Now that we have the initial setup completed, let’s add Vuetify to our project.

vue add vuetify

It’s going to ask for an installation preset. Pick Default (recommended)


When the installation is finished npm run serve to run the project.


Now that we can see that Vuetify automaticallythe adjusted project structure for our ease of use. This way we don’t have to manually import the package into our components.

Adjusting Project Structure

Here’s the current structure of the project


Let’s remove Home.vue, About.vue and Helloworld.vue files, and in views folder create Profile.vue, Feed.vue and Index.vue files.

Here’s how folder structure looks like after creating view files.


Let’s add some content to our newly created files.


  <div class="feed">
    <h3 class="display-3 text-center">Feed View</h3>

export default {
  name: 'Feed'


  <div class="index">
    <h3 class="display-3 text-center">Index View</h3>

export default {
  name: 'Index'


  <div class="profile">
    <h3 class="display-3 text-center">Profile View</h3>

export default {
  name: 'Profile'

Let’s add our views into the router/index.js

import Feed from "../views/Feed.vue";
import Index from "../views/Index.vue";
import Profile from "../views/Profile.vue";
const routes = [
    path: "/feed",
    name: "Feed",
    component: Feed
    path: "/index",
    name: "Index",
    component: Index
    path: "/profile",
    name: "Profile",
    component: Profile

Lastly, let’s change App.vue component


        <div class="link-container d-flex justify-center align-center">
          <v-btn class="mx-4 white--text" elevation="2" x-large rounded color="deep-purple darken-1" to="/feed">

          <v-btn class="mx-4 white--text" elevation="2" x-large rounded color="deep-purple darken-1" to="/profile">

          <v-btn class="mx-4 white--text" elevation="2" x-large rounded color="deep-purple darken-1" to="/index">
        <router-view />

export default {
  name: "App",

  data: () => ({

.link-container {
  padding: 5rem;

By using to which v-btn component provides, we don’t have to wrap router-link around v-btn buttons.

Here’s how it looks after the changes we made.


Now that we’ve come to an understanding using vue-router with Vuetify. We can now take a look at other scenarios and examine why they aren’t working.

We can tell router-link to render v-btn with it’s tag attribute. As a result, 2 buttons are going to be rendered, one inside another, and this will cause double formatting to be applied to the button.


<router-link to="/feed" tag="v-btn">
  <v-btn class="mx-4 white--text" elevation="2" x-large rounded color="deep-purple darken-1">Feed</v-btn>

Rendered HTML

<button type="button" class="v-btn v-btn--is-elevated v-btn--has-bg theme--light v-size--default">
  <span class="v-btn__content">
    <button type="button" class="mx-4 white--text v-btn v-btn--is-elevated v-btn--has-bg v-btn--rounded theme--light elevation-2 v-size--x-large deep-purple darken-1">
      <span class="v-btn__content">Feed</span>

Outer button element applies extra styling and renders another button with white background and box-shadow around inner button.


We can directly nest v-btn inside router-link. without defining any tags.


<router-link to="/profile">
  <v-btn class="mx-4 white--text" elevation="2" x-large rounded color="deep-purple darken-1" to="/profile">Profile</v-btn>

Rendered HTML

<a href="#/profile" class="">
  <a href="#/profile" class="mx-4 white--text v-btn v-btn--is-elevated v-btn--has-bg v-btn--rounded v-btn--router theme--light elevation-2 v-size--x-large deep-purple darken-1">
    <span class="v-btn__content">Profile</span>


These approaches won’t give us desired results in the end, and sometimes they can be overlooked while taking care of the other 10 things in the project.

While using v-btn in your project, make sure to check v-btn-api to see other options you could use.

Conclusion and Live Demo

To get a better understanding of how this actually works in the code, check out this codepen I created, it includes all of the examples we’ve covered, and if you want to see more examples with Vuetify, shoot me a DM I’ll be happy to hear from you.

And remember, the next time you are using vue-router with Vuetify in your project, simply add to prop to v-btn to avoid the hassle with router-links.

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