In Lightning, we should always be using e.force:navigateToSObject or e.force:navigateToURL instead of links like <a href="whatever>. So, I made a custom Link component to avoid having to have Javascript controllers all over the place just to handle links:


<aura:component access="global">

    <aura:attribute name="type" type="String" default="a" />
    <aura:attribute name="class" type="String" />
    <aura:attribute name="recordId" type="String" />
    <aura:attribute name="relativeUrl" type="String" />
    <aura:attribute name="id" type="String" />

    <aura:if isTrue="{!v.type == 'button'}">
        <button id="{!v.id}" class="{!v.class}" onclick="{!c.onClick}">
        <aura:set attribute="else">
            <a id="{!v.id}" class="{!v.class}" onclick="{!c.onClick}">



    onClick : function(component, event, helper) {
        var recordId = component.get('v.recordId');
        var navEvt;
        if(recordId) {
            navEvt = $A.get("e.force:navigateToSObject");
            navEvt.setParam("recordId", recordId);
        } else {
            navEvt = $A.get("e.force:navigateToURL");
            navEvt.setParam("url", component.get('v.relativeUrl'));

This is all great on Desktop, but the links don't work on Safari/iOS. The button version does, but not the <a> version.

Now, the Lightning docs say that the framework handles turning an onclick into a touch event:

Don’t Use onclick and ontouchend Events

You can’t use different actions for onclick and ontouchend events in a component. The framework translates touch-tap events into clicks and activates any onclick handlers that are present.


So, this implies that I shouldn't need to add a ontouchend event to my <a> tag, but doing so does make my links work on iPad. Is this a bug in the framework? Am I being stupid about how to use <a> tags in Lightning? Unfortunately, googling about anything related to <a> is never very helpful.

  • Were you able to find a solution to this? Trying to resolve the same issue.
    – goabhigo
    Sep 3 '19 at 3:45
  • Sorry, I don't remember what we did to solve this in the end. I couldn't use the suggested answer below of using a styled span because I was working with some design constraints.
    – Aidan
    Sep 3 '19 at 7:39

I've found a tags with an onclick event to be problematic too.

So, this is just a suggestion, but try a different approach. Create a span with an onclick event and style it like an a element. This has been successful for myself in lightning communities.

<a id="{!v.id}" class="{!v.class}" href="javascript:void(0)" onclick="{!c.onClick}">
{!v.body}    </a>

Please use href="javascript:void(0)" in anchor tag of your code.

  • Please do not ask for upvotes. I have edited your post to remove that. Jun 19 '20 at 18:27

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