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Royce Roy
Royce Roy

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Posted on    October-08-2014 11:46 PM


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Has anyone written one? I want it to behave like a link but look like a button. A form with a single button wont do it has I don't want any POST.

Kamlakar Singh
Kamlakar Singh

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Posted on    October-08-2014 11:51 PM

Submit button:

<form method="get" action="/myController/myAction/">

    <input type="submit" value="button text goes here" />


In response to cdmckay's answer, here's an alternative code that uses the TagBuilder class instead of a regular StringBuilder to build the form, mostly for clarity.

using System.Web.Mvc;

using System.Web.Mvc.Html;

using System.Web.Routing;


namespace MvcApplication1


    public static class HtmlExtensions


        public static string ActionButton(this HtmlHelper helper, string value,

                              string action, string controller, object routeValues)


            var a = (new UrlHelper(helper.ViewContext.RequestContext))

                        .Action(action, controller, routeValues);


            var form = new TagBuilder("form");

            form.Attributes.Add("method", "get");

            form.Attributes.Add("action", a);


            var input = new TagBuilder("input");

            input.Attributes.Add("type", "submit");

            input.Attributes.Add("value", value);


            form.InnerHtml = input.ToString(TagRenderMode.SelfClosing);


            return form.ToString(TagRenderMode.Normal);




 I am aware that there might be quite a lot of overhead in this code, but I am expecting that you won't need to run it a lot of times on each page. In case you do, there is probably a bunch of optimizations that you could do.

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