How to make url in footnote clickable?

Currently I have:

\paragraph{Some text \protect\footnote{xyz available at \protect\url{https://someplace.org}}}

The footnote appears just fine but nothing happens when I click the url.

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    Welcome to TeX.SX! Have you added \usepackage{hyperref} to the preamble? Feb 12, 2014 at 14:10
  • Welcome to TeX.SX! Please add a minimal working example (MWE) that illustrates your problem. It will be much easier for us to reproduce your situation and find out what the issue is when we see compilable code, starting with \documentclass{...} and ending with \end{document}.
    – jub0bs
    Feb 12, 2014 at 14:14
  • Thank you all for such quick replies! @TorbjørnT. was spot on, I thought I had the package but I didn't. I now have the blue boxes around the url in the pdf but if I open the pdf in a viewer it does not open a link in my browser.
    – kotoko
    Feb 12, 2014 at 14:18
  • @Jubobs I thought it was such a small problem it wouldn't need one. I'll try and add one now.
    – kotoko
    Feb 12, 2014 at 14:22
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    @kotoko It's pretty much always best to add an MWE in the question, because it indicates the context of your problem to people willing to help you. There may be several things preventing links in footnotes (loaded packages, macro redefinitions, etc.), but an MWE would tell us exactly what happens in your code before the snippet you posted.
    – jub0bs
    Feb 12, 2014 at 14:24

2 Answers 2


Use the package hyperref and call the url by \url{https://someplace.org}




The paragraph.\footnote{has a footnote with and url \url{https://someplace.org}.}

  • It my redirect problem mentioned earlier should with the system because this pdf does not redirect on click either. Are you able to open a tab on the browser when you click on the blue box?
    – kotoko
    Feb 12, 2014 at 14:24
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    @kotoko This may be a PDF-viewer-depedent issue. For instance, Mac OS X Preview doesn't follow hyperlinks in PDF, whereas Acrobat Reader would.
    – jub0bs
    Feb 12, 2014 at 14:27
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    These days, Mac OS X Preview very well follows any hyperlinks in PDF documents, including also going back to the link's origin (if it was a doc-internal link). Feb 19, 2018 at 9:25

Nothing extra package required. I just found it I hope it will help someone.

\footnote{\href {http://www.google.com}{www.facebook.com}}.

or for one website.

\footnote{\href {http://www.google.com}}.  
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    This actually requires \usepackage{hyperref}.
    – egreg
    Apr 27, 2021 at 7:58
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    I am using overleaf.com and I am using it without any package. obviously I tested it before posting.
    – Adnan Ali
    Apr 27, 2021 at 8:09
  • overleaf is a specific environment that must then be loading the package for you.
    – Lucas
    Nov 19 at 18:42

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