References: Forcing linebreaks in \url

So, in a plain document with

You can find this at \url{very-long-url}.

the URL will be broken down, e.g. after slashes. When however \usepackage{hyperref} is in effect, breaks are inhibited. I tried adding \usepackage{breakurl} below hyperref, and while it does break URLs again, the colorful border that hyperref added is now very faint. How could this last issue be remedied?

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    are you running latex or pdflatex?
    – user2478
    Jan 10, 2011 at 14:21
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    Try \usepackage[breaklinkes]{hyperref}
    – Ma Ming
    Jan 11, 2011 at 12:20
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    \href{}{with link text} won't help because the URL is supposed to be visible in the book.
    – user2859
    Jan 19, 2011 at 0:28
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    \usepackage[breaklinks]{hyperref} fails to break the URL.
    – user2859
    Jan 19, 2011 at 0:33

2 Answers 2


You can reset the width on the border. The needed value depends on the resolution settings of dvips. E.g. with dvips -Ppdf a value of 100 is okay, without -Ppdf you can try 5.


\hypersetup{pdfborder={0 0 100}}
\href{<link url>}{<link url again>}

Works for my purposes.

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