Consider the following two MEWs:

\usepackage[colorlinks=false,pdfborder={0 0 0}]{hyperref}
Click \href{http://www.latex-project.org/}{here} to go to the webpage.


Click \href{http://www.latex-project.org/}{here} to go to the webpage.


Are the two MEWs equivalent, i.e., are the any difference between [colorlinks=false,pdfborder={0 0 0}] and [hidelinks] as options to hyperref? If there are differences, what are they?

  • Note the option hidelinks is relatively new. I guess, in reaction to user requests.
    – Speravir
    Mar 17, 2013 at 0:03

1 Answer 1


The relevant definition of hidelinks is

 \def\@pdfborder{0 0 0}%

which tells us that hidelinks is equivalent to the combination of colorlinks=false and pdfborder={0 0 0}. Setting also the border style to \ltx@empty is somewhat superfluous here, as there will be no border.


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