70+ CSS Link Hover Effects

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CSS Link Hover Effects

In the realm of web design, the subtle yet impactful CSS hover effects have become quintessential elements for enhancing user engagement. With our curated collection of over 70 CSS link hover effects, your website can exude elegance and sophistication like never before.

Sourced from reputable platforms like CodePen and GitHub, our compilation showcases a diverse range of styles, from simple transitions to intricate animations. Whether you’re seeking stylish link hover effects or creative transitions, we’ve got you covered.

Link hover effects play a crucial role in user interface design by providing visual cues and feedback, improving navigation, and creating a more interactive browsing experience. They help users effortlessly navigate through content, enticing them to explore further and fostering a deeper connection with your website.

Our carefully curated collection stands out for its simplicity, versatility, and visual appeal, making it an invaluable resource for web designers and developers alike. Elevate your website’s design with our extensive selection of CSS link hover effects today.

Explore the collection and unleash the full potential of your website’s interactivity.

1. Follow Along Links

See the Pen
#JavaScript30 Day 22: Follow Along Links
by Katherine Kato (@kathykato)
on CodePen.


Author: Katherine Kato @kathykato
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: June 23, 2017
Made with: HTML, CSS, JS

2. CSS3 Keyframes Animation Link Style

See the Pen
CSS3 Keyframes Animation Link Style
by Agustin Sevilla (@auginator)
on CodePen.


Author: auginator @auginator
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: February 14, 2017
Made with: HTML, CSS(SCSS)

3. Underline Hover Test

See the Pen
Underline hover test
by Elwin van den Hazel (@elwinvdhazel)
on CodePen.


Author: Elwin van den Hazel @elwinvdhazel
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: July 12, 2017
Made with: HTML, CSS(SCSS)

4. Nice Line Movement Hover

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Nice line movement hover
by Bruno Almeida (@brunob182)
on CodePen.


Author: Bruno Almeida @brunob182
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: November 11, 2016
Made with: HTML, CSS(PostCSS)

5. Pure CSS Single Element Link Styles

See the Pen
Pure CSS Single Element Link Styles
by Matthew Shields (@MatthewShields)
on CodePen.


Author: Matthew Shields @MatthewShields
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: June 24, 2017
Made with: HTML, CSS(SCSS)

6. Animate Underline Wavy

See the Pen
Animate underline wavy
by David Darnes (@daviddarnes)
on CodePen.


Author: David Darnes @daviddarnes
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: July 10, 2017
Made with: HTML, CSS(SCSS)

7. Underline Gradient Animation

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Underline gradient animation
by NickNoordijk (@NickNoordijk)
on CodePen.


Author: NickNoordijk @NickNoordijk
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: May 19, 2015
Made with: HTML, CSS(SCSS)

8. Link Fill on Hover

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Link Fill on Hover
by Katherine Kato (@kathykato)
on CodePen.


Author: Katherine Kato @kathykato
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: November 4, 2019
Made with: HTML, CSS(SCSS)

9. Cool Link Effects

See the Pen
Cool link effects
by Riccardo Zanutta (@rickzanutta)
on CodePen.


Author: Riccardo Zanutta @rickzanutta
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: August 21, 2014
Made with: HTML, CSS(SCSS)

10. Strikethrough Hover-effect

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Strikethrough hover-effect
by Artyom (@artyom-ivanov)
on CodePen.


Author: Artyom @artyom-ivanov
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: June 23, 2017
Made with: HTML, CSS(SCSS)

11. Link Effectz – Squiggle

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Link Effectz – Squiggle
by Geoff Graham (@geoffgraham)
on CodePen.


Author: Geoff Graham @geoffgraham
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: August 25, 2018
Made with: HTML, CSS

12. Paragraph Link Idea

See the Pen
paragraph link idea
by danferth (@danferth)
on CodePen.


Author: danferth @danferth
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: August 29, 2015
Made with: HTML, CSS(SCSS)

13. Fancy Text-shadow Link Underline

See the Pen
Fancy text-shadow link underline
by Ryan (@jryantaylor)
on CodePen.


Author: Ryan @jryantaylor
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: June 25, 2017
Made with: HTML(Pug),  CSS(SCSS)

14. Link Style Tests

See the Pen
Link Style Tests
by Nick Ciliak (@nickcil)
on CodePen.


Author: Nick Ciliak @nickcil
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: May 28, 2014
Made with: HTML, CSS

15. Underline Link Effect

See the Pen
Underline Link Effect
by Eina O (@thelittleblacksmith)
on CodePen.


Author: Eina O @thelittleblacksmith
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: April 10, 2019
Made with: HTML, CSS

16. Gradient Link

See the Pen
Gradient link
by Martijn de Valk (@martijndevalk)
on CodePen.


Author: Martijn de Valk @martijndevalk
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: June 15, 2020
Made with: HTML, CSS(SCSS), JS(Babel)

17. Cool CSS3 Link Ideas

See the Pen
Cool CSS3 Link Ideas
by Brenden Palmer (@brenden)
on CodePen.


Author: Brenden Palmer @brenden
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: January 31, 2015
Made with: HTML, CSS

18. Link With Gradient Background On Hover

See the Pen
#0001 • Link with gradient background on hover
by Giulia Malaroda (@giuliamalaroda)
on CodePen.


Author: Giulia Malaroda @giuliamalaroda
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: July 28, 2018
Made with: HTML, CSS

19. Jumping Link Hovers

See the Pen
Jumping link hovers
by Bennett Feely (@bennettfeely)
on CodePen.


Author: Bennett Feely @bennettfeely
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: June 19, 2017
Made with: HTML(Slim), CSS(SCSS), JS

20. Bubble Hover Effect For Links

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Bubble Hover Effect For Links
by Daniel (@dnlzrgz)
on CodePen.


Author: Daniel @dnlzrgz
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: June 26, 2020
Made with: HTML, CSS

21. Half-transparent CurrentColor Link Underline

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Half-transparent currentColor link underline
by Christopher Kirk-Nielsen (@chriskirknielsen)
on CodePen.


Author: Christopher Kirk-Nielsen @chriskirknielsen
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: March 28, 2019
Made with: HTML, CSS

22. Pure CSS Unvisited Link Indicator

See the Pen
Pure CSS unvisited link indicator | visited link text & icon fade out
by Studio VA (@studiovacommunication)
on CodePen.


Author: Studio VA @studiovacommunication
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: March 7, 2020
Made with: HTML, CSS

23. Arrowed Link – Circle On Hover

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Arrowed link – circle on hover (cf Google Home website)
by Alex Jolly (@SachaJolly)
on CodePen.


Author: Alex Jolly @SachaJolly
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: May 21, 2017
Made with: HTML(Pug), CSS(SCSS)

24. Floating Icons

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Floating Icons
by Beni (@Beni70)
on CodePen.


Author: Beni @Beni7
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: March 14, 2020
Made with: HTML, CSS

25. Spring/Bounce Hover Effect

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Spring/Bounce Hover Effect
by Mark Mead (@markmead)
on CodePen.


Author: Mark @markmead
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: March 5, 2019
Made with: HTML(Pug), CSS(SCSS)

26. Pattern: Links With Arrow Animation

See the Pen
Pattern: Links with Arrow Animation
by Aaron Pinero (@aaronpinero)
on CodePen.


Author: Aaron Pinero @aaronpinero
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: December 10, 2019
Made with: HTML, CSS(SCSS)

27. Anchor Hover Effects

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Anchor Hover Effects
by Sim G (@simgooder)
on CodePen.


Author: Simon Gooder @simgooder
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: May 26, 2016
Made with: HTML, CSS(SCSS)

28. Animated Font Weight On Hover

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Animated font weight on hover
by Jesper Strange Klitgaard Christiansen (@jesperkc)
on CodePen.


Author: Jesper Strange Klitgaard Christiansen @jesperkc
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: March 17, 2018
Made with: HTML, CSS(SCSS)

29. Link Underline Animation

See the Pen
Smooth underline animation
by Gyome (@Gyome)
on CodePen.


Author: Gyome @Gyome
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: March 6, 2020
Made with: HTML, CSS(SCSS)

30. Arrow Link :hover Effect

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Arrow link :hover effect
by Nicolas Udy (@udyux)
on CodePen.


Author: Nicolas Udy @udyux
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: June 7, 2016
Made with: HTML, CSS(PostCSS)

31. Advanced Link Styling

See the Pen
Advanced Link Styling
by Christopher Stein (@profstein)
on CodePen.


Author: Christopher Stein @profstein
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: November 19, 2019
Made with: HTML, CSS

32. Multi-line Link Hover Effect

See the Pen
Multi-line Link Hover Effect
by Antoinette Janus (@internette)
on CodePen.


Author: Antoinette Janus @internette
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: March 16, 2018
Made with: HTML, CSS(SCSS)

33. Disabling CSS Hover Effect On Touch Devices

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Disabling CSS hover effect on touch devices
by JTrue (@mud)
on CodePen.


Author: JTrue @mud
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: May 3, 2019
Made with: HTML, CSS

34. Anchor Click Canvas Animation

See the Pen
Anchor Click Canvas Animation
by Nick Sheffield (@nicksheffield)
on CodePen.


Author: Nick Sheffield @nicksheffield
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: May 3, 2016
Made with: HTML, CSS(Stylus), JS

35. Sass Link Styling

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Sass Link Styling
by Christopher Stein (@profstein)
on CodePen.


Author: Christopher Stein @profstein
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: November 18, 2019
Made with: HTML, CSS(SCSS)

36. Link Hover Arrow Idea

See the Pen
Link Hover Arrow Idea
by Gabrielle Wee (@gabriellewee)
on CodePen.


Author: Gabrielle Wee @gabriellewee
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: February 23, 2018
Made with: HTML, CSS(SCSS)

37. Gradient Underline Animation

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Gradient Underline Animation
by Colin Horn (@colinhorn)
on CodePen.


Author: Colin Horn @colinhorn
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: August 17, 2017
Made with: HTML, CSS(SCSS)

38. Custom Animated Links with Psuedo Elements

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Custom Animated Links with Psuedo Elements
by designcourse (@designcourse)
on CodePen.


Author: designcourse @designcourse
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: March 18, 2022
Made with: HTML, CSS (SCSS)

39. Subtle Link Animations.

See the Pen
Subtle link animations.
by Josip Psihistal (@butsuri)
on CodePen.


Author: Josip Psihistal @butsuri
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: October 21, 2014
Made with: HTML, CSS

40. Cool Hover Effect With Mix-blend-mode

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Cool hover effect with mix-blend-mode
by Tiago Alexandre Lopes (@TiagoLopes)
on CodePen.


Author: Tiago Alexandre Lopes @TiagoLopes
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: August 17, 2017
Made with: HTML, CSS

41. Hover Effect

See the Pen
Hover Effect 4
by CSS-Tricks (@css-tricks)
on CodePen.


Author: CSS-Tricks @css-tricks
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: February 3, 2022
Made with: HTML, CSS

42. Link Hover Effects

See the Pen
Link Hover Effects
by Peiwen Lu (@P233)
on CodePen.


Author: Peiwen Lu @P233
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: April 4, 2014
Made with: HTML(Pug), CSS(SCSS)

43. Hover Effects

See the Pen
Hover Effect 6
by CSS-Tricks (@css-tricks)
on CodePen.


Author: CSS-Tricks @css-tricks
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: February 3, 2022
Made with: HTML, CSS

44. Hover Effects

See the Pen
Hover Effect 5
by CSS-Tricks (@css-tricks)
on CodePen.


Author: CSS-Tricks @css-tricks
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: February 3, 2022
Made with: HTML, CSS

45. Heading Link Animation

See the Pen
Heading link animation
by Sonja Strieder (@sonjastrieder)
on CodePen.


Author: Sonja Strieder @sonjastrieder
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: February 7, 2017
Made with: HTML, CSS(SCSS)

46. Hover Effects

See the Pen
Hover Effect 7
by CSS-Tricks (@css-tricks)
on CodePen.


Author: CSS-Tricks @css-tricks
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: February 3, 2022
Made with: HTML, CSS

47. Underline Animation

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Underline animation
by Aaron Iker (@aaroniker)
on CodePen.


Author: Aaron Iker @aaroniker
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: May 7, 2020
Made with: HTML, CSS(SCSS)

48. Hover Effects

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Hover Effect 1
by CSS-Tricks (@css-tricks)
on CodePen.


Author: CSS-Tricks @css-tricks
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: February 3, 2022
Made with: HTML, CSS

49. Nat Geo Highlight Effect

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Nat Geo Highlight Effect
by shelaine (@shelaine)
on CodePen.


Author: shelaine @shelaine
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: September 12, 2018
Made with: HTML, CSS

50. Links With Marginalia Notes, Version 2

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Links with Marginalia Notes, version 2
by Amelia Bellamy-Royds (@AmeliaBR)
on CodePen.


Author: Amelia Bellamy-Royds @AmeliaBR
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: January 2, 2017
Made with: HTML, CSS

51. Hover Effects

See the Pen
Hover Effect 2
by CSS-Tricks (@css-tricks)
on CodePen.


Author: CSS-Tricks @css-tricks
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: February 3, 2022
Made with: HTML, CSS

52. Animated Gradient Underline For Link Hover State

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Animated Gradient Underline for Link Hover State
by George W. Park (@GeorgePark)
on CodePen.


Author: George W. Park @GeorgePark
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: December 30, 2017
Made with: HTML, CSS

53. Flag # Links!

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Flag # links!
by Natalya (@tallys)
on CodePen.


Author: Natalya @tallys
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: October 5, 2018
Made with: HTML, CSS(SCSS)

54. Link Split Hover Effect

See the Pen
Link Split Hover Effect
by James Hancock (@jhancock532)
on CodePen.


Author: James Hancock @jhancock532
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: October 29, 2021
Made with: HTML, CSS

55. Link Highlight Hover/Click Effect

See the Pen
Link Highlight Hover/Click Effect
by Emily Hayman (@eehayman)
on CodePen.


Author: Emily Hayman @eehayman
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: December 22, 2016
Made with: HTML, CSS(SCSS)

56. Exploring Creative Link Hover Effects

See the Pen
Exploring Creative Link Hover Effects
by Adi Purdila (@adipurdila)
on CodePen.


Author: Adi Purdila @adipurdila
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: May 29, 2021
Made with: HTML, CSS (SCSS)

57. Link Styling Exploration Without Classes.

See the Pen
Link styling exploration without classes.
by Sil van Diepen (@silvandiepen)
on CodePen.


Author: Sil van Diepen @silvandiepen
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: December 11, 2018
Made with: HTML(Pug), CSS(SCSS)

58. Fade out other links on hover

See the Pen
Fade out other links on hover
by Håvard Brynjulfsen (@havardob)
on CodePen.


Author: Håvard Brynjulfsen @havardob
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: April 27, 2021
Made with: HTML, CSS(SCSS)

59. Text Underline Hover Effects

See the Pen
Text underline hover effects
by Misha Heesakkers (@MishaHahaha)
on CodePen.


Author: Misha Heesakkers @MishaHahaha
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: July 16, 2016
Made with: HTML, CSS(PostCSS)

60. Laser revealed title link

See the Pen
Laser revealed title link
by JFarrow (@JFarrow)
on CodePen.


Author: JFarrow @JFarrow
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: March 12, 2021
Made with: HTML, CSS(SCSS)

61. CSS Link Hover Animation

See the Pen
CSS Link Hover Animation
by Shunya Koide / popo (@shunyadezain)
on CodePen.


Author: Shunya Koide / popo @shunyadezain
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: January 31, 2021
Made with: HTML, CSS

62. Displaying Link URLs

See the Pen
Displaying Link URLs
by Will Boyd (@lonekorean)
on CodePen.


Author: Will Boyd @lonekorean
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: February 23, 2021
Made with: HTML, CSS

63. Animated SVG Links

See the Pen
Animated SVG Links
by Adam Kuhn (@cobra_winfrey)
on CodePen.


Author: Adam Kuhn @cobra_winfrey
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: December 1, 2020
Made with: HTML, CSS(SCSS)

64. Neat Hover Effects

See the Pen
Neat Hover Effects
by Chance Rhodes (@chancer5)
on CodePen.


Author: Chance Rhodes @chancer5
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: February 19, 2021
Made with: HTML, CSS

65. Variable powered underline transition

See the Pen
Variable powered underline transition ????
by Jhey (@jh3y)
on CodePen.


Author: Jhey @jh3y
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: July 13, 2020
Made with: HTML, CSS

66. Underline Animation – Link

See the Pen
Underline Animation – Link
by Cojea Gabriel (@gabrielcojea)
on CodePen.


Author: Cojea Gabriel @gabrielcojea
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: June 5, 2020
Made with: HTML, CSS

67. Link Hover Interaction

See the Pen
Link Hover Interaction
by Sikriti Dakua (@dev_loop)
on CodePen.


Author: Sikriti Dakua @dev_loop
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: May 24, 2020
Made with: HTML, CSS (SCSS)

68. SCSS link hover animations

See the Pen
SCSS link hover animations
by Jens Lettkemann (@jltk)
on CodePen.


Author: Jens Lettkemann @jltk
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: March 19, 2016
Made with: HTML, CSS(SCSS)

69. Link Hover Flash

See the Pen
Link Hover Flash
by alphardex (@alphardex)
on CodePen.


Author: alphardex @alphardex
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: May 22, 2020
Made with: HTML, CSS(SCSS)

70. CSS Link Hover Flip

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CSS Link Hover Flip
by Steven Morgan (@stevenmorgan94)
on CodePen.


Author: Steven Morgan @stevenmorgan94
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: May 21, 2013
Made with: HTML, CSS

71. Best Creative Link Hover

See the Pen
Best Creative Link Hover
by Yasin Softaoğlu (@ysoftaoglu)
on CodePen.


Author: Yasin Softaoğlu @ysoftaoglu
Links: Source Code / Demo
Created on: March 14, 2016
Made with: HTML, CSS

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