What is the difference between RouteLink and ActionLink in ASP.NET MVC ?


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This article will cover some of the key differences between the RouteLink and ActionLink helper methods in ASP.NET MVC.

What is the difference between RouteLink and ActionLink in ASP.NET MVC ?

The Html.ActionLink renders the hyperlink tag to the specified controller action which uses the Routing API internally to generate URL.

@Html.ActionLink("Abundant Code on C# and Java Samples", "ActionName","ControllerName")

This renders the Anchor tag that links to the action method.

The ActionLink method renders an element that links to an action method.

The Html.RouteLink is similar to the ActionLink but accepts a parameter for route name and does not include the parameters for Controller name and action name.

@Html.RouteLink("Abundant Code on C# and Java Samples", new { action= "ActionName"})

The RouteLink method renders an element that links to a URL, which can resolve to an action method, a file, a folder, or some other resource.

RouteLink generates the URL to a specific route identified by the route values.

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