Project: rehypejs/rehype-autolink-headings

Package: rehype-autolink-headings@6.1.0

  1. Dependents: 34
  2. rehype plugin to add links to headings
  1. unified 174
  2. plugin 137
  3. html 121
  4. rehype 85
  5. rehype-plugin 60
  6. heading 26
  7. link 15


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rehype plugin to automatically add links to headings (h1-h6) that already have an ID.


This package is ESM only: Node 12+ is needed to use it and it must be imported instead of required.


npm install rehype-autolink-headings


Say we have the following file, fragment.html:

<h1>Lorem ipsum 😪</h1>
<h3>consectetur &amp; adipisicing</h3>

And our script, example.js, looks as follows:

import fs from 'node:fs'
import rehype from 'rehype'
import rehypeSlug from 'rehype-slug'
import rehypeAutolinkHeadings from 'rehype-autolink-headings'

const buf = fs.readFileSync('fragment.html')

  .data('settings', {fragment: true})
  .then((file) => {

Now, running node example yields:

<h1 id="lorem-ipsum-"><a aria-hidden="true" href="#lorem-ipsum-"><span class="icon icon-link"></span></a>Lorem ipsum 😪</h1>
<h2 id="dolorsitamet"><a aria-hidden="true" href="#dolorsitamet"><span class="icon icon-link"></span></a>dolor—sit—amet</h2>
<h3 id="consectetur--adipisicing"><a aria-hidden="true" href="#consectetur--adipisicing"><span class="icon icon-link"></span></a>consectetur &#x26; adipisicing</h3>
<h4 id="elit"><a aria-hidden="true" href="#elit"><span class="icon icon-link"></span></a>elit</h4>
<h5 id="elit-1"><a aria-hidden="true" href="#elit-1"><span class="icon icon-link"></span></a>elit</h5>


This package exports no identifiers. The default export is rehypeAutolinkHeadings.

unified().use(rehypeAutolinkHeadings[, options])

Add links to headings (h1-h6) with an id.

Note: this plugin expects ids to already exist on headings. One way to add those automatically is rehype-slug (see example).


How to create links (string, default: 'prepend').

Supplying wrap will ignore any value defined by the content option. Supplying prepend, append, or wrap will ignore the group option.


Extra properties to set on the link (Object?). Defaults to {ariaHidden: true, tabIndex: -1} when in 'prepend' or 'append' mode.


hast nodes to insert in the link (Function|Node|Children). By default, the following is used:

  type: 'element',
  tagName: 'span',
  properties: {className: ['icon', 'icon-link']},
  children: []

If behavior is wrap, then content is ignored.

If content is a function, it’s called with the current heading (Element) and should return one or more nodes:

import {toString} from 'hast-util-to-string'
import {h} from 'hastscript'

// …

function content(node) {
  return [
    h('span.visually-hidden', 'Read the “', toString(node), '” section'),
    h('span.icon.icon-link', {ariaHidden: true})

hast node to wrap the heading and link with (Function|Node), if behavior is before or after. There is no default.

If behavior is prepend, append, or wrap, then group is ignored.

If group is a function, it’s called with the current heading (Element) and should return a hast node.

import {h} from 'hastscript'

// …

function group(node) {
  return h('.heading-' + node.charAt(1) + '-group')

Test to define which heading elements are linked. Any test that can be given to hast-util-is-element is supported. The default (no test) is to link all headings.

Can be used to link only <h1> through <h3> (with ['h1', 'h2', 'h3']), or for example all except <h1> (with ['h2', 'h3', 'h4', 'h5', 'h6']).

Functions can also be given to do more complex things!


Use of rehype-autolink-headings can open you up to a cross-site scripting (XSS) attack if you pass user provided content in properties or content.

Always be wary of user input and use rehype-sanitize.


See contributing.md in rehypejs/.github for ways to get started. See support.md for ways to get help.

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MIT © Titus Wormer