I'm using moderncv and by default the links I set via \href{}{} seem to have the same color as normal text. How do I change their color?

I tried to add (according to How to change the color of \href links... for real):


The document failed building with

Undefined control sequence. l.33 \hypersetup 

Another failed try was:


That gave the error:

LaTeX Error: Option clash for package hyperref.
  • Are you really getting errors about undefined hypersetup or an error because links is not a valid color?
    – Johannes_B
    Commented Oct 31, 2015 at 11:43
  • @Johannes_B : I copied the error that the Overleaf console gave me.
    – Christian
    Commented Oct 31, 2015 at 11:46
  • @Christian: Is \hypersetup used before \usepackage{hyperref} ;-)
    – user31729
    Commented Oct 31, 2015 at 11:49
  • @ChristianHupfer It seems like \usepackage{hyperref} is used in the .cls and I try to use \hypersetup in the .tex
    – Christian
    Commented Oct 31, 2015 at 11:56
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    This is another example of a template being smart but actually making it much more difficult for the user to change stuff. Fixed-output (given) vs. non-fixed output (what the op wants)
    – Johannes_B
    Commented Oct 31, 2015 at 12:08

1 Answer 1


Here is a solution.

hyperref is loaded at the end of the preamble with \AtEndPreamble. We need to pass colorlinks=true to the package, one way is to make it global \documentclass[colorlinks=true]{moderncv} and than \hypersetup{urlcolor=thecolor} after \begin{document}


\title{some title} 
\address{10, address}{city}{Country}
\email{[email protected]}


\cventry{2015--2016}{Recherche}{Bla bla}{Foo bar}{More bla bla}%
{Last bla bla}

\cvitem{bla bla}{Foo bar}

\href{http://tex.stackexchange.com/q/275848/71471}{Defaut color}

\href{http://tex.stackexchange.com/q/275848/71471}{Your color}

  • Then to prevent links in your footer from being altered, add \hypersetup{hidelinks} before the \clearpage
    – Michael
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 22:25
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    I get an error with linkcolor=true while compiling, but e.g. linkcolor=cyan works alright.
    – Antti
    Commented May 23, 2019 at 7:10

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