I am using moderncv to compose my CV and cover letters. I have a LinkedIN profile that I would like to link via


however line 257 of modencv.cls defaults the beginning of the link to www.linkedin.com/in/:


In my case, instead, the prefix and the suffix are respectively www.linkedin.com/pub/ and stefano-bragaglia/51/22/b43/ (instead of stefano.bragaglia, as suggested by the template).

In practice the base link should be changed in www.linkedin.com/ and the 2nd parameter of \social should be modified in pub/stefano-bragaglia/51/22/b43/. At the moment I have created a copy of moderncv with the appropriate changes in my local repository, but I wonder whether it is better to include an appropriate \renewcommand (or similar) in the preamble of the file (what should I write) or just notify the author and ask for a fix.

If you need a minimal working example, just use the default template of moderncv. Thanks in advance!

  • It's better if you provide a MWE here.
    – egreg
    Sep 5, 2013 at 20:48
  • You can customize your profile URL: linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/87 After doing that, it will become of the form www.linkedin.com/in/xxx where you can choose xxx
    – Ilya Popov
    Oct 13, 2017 at 14:55
  • It only works if you have a nominal url (something like linkedin.com/in/______) but not with standard urls (i.e.: linkedin.com/pub/____-____/dd/dd/wdd). Moreover, if you have a localised linkedin (i.e.: linkedin.it/pub/ etc etc) it won't work as well. Oct 13, 2017 at 15:48

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I think, in this case, you don't really need any redefinitions; the author/maintainer of moderncv has provided a second optional argument for \social that can be used, for example, in cases in which the prefixes/suffixes are different from the ones provided by default (when this second argument is not used). In this concrete case, you could say


A complete example:







An image of the resulting httplink and its associated address:

enter image description here

Some of the LinkedIn adresses have /in, some others /pub, so I guess the maintainer chose one by default, and provided the second optional argument for the other cases.

  • Hi @Gonzalo, amazing! Thanks for the explanation! By the way, where is the documentation for the class? I wasn't able to find on CTAN... my fault? Sep 6, 2013 at 11:59
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    @StefanoBragaglia Hi! You're welcome! No, it's not your fault; moderncv still doesn't have a user documentation, besides the information you find in the templates. Unfortunately, some features are not mentioned there (this second optional argument for \social, for example). I had to go to the definitions in moderncv.cls to find out about this possibility. Sep 6, 2013 at 13:35
  • @GonzaloMedina hello, does it work for twitter, github also ? Like \social[twitter][www.twitter.com/]{stefano-bragaglia} \social[github][www.github.com/sb.git]{stefano-bragaglia}
    – royki
    Oct 22, 2015 at 14:19
  • I added twitter using the following line (I had to escape the '_'): \social[twitter][twitter.com/bioinfo_mark]{@bioinfo\_mark} Oct 21, 2019 at 18:25
  • is there any trick to add them all in one line separated with | for instance? May 2, 2020 at 11:02

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