How to add hyperlinks in VB.NET

EasyXLS Excel library can be used to export Excel files in VB.NET. The library works with .NET Framework or .NET Core platform.

Step 1: Download EasyXLS Excel Library for .NET

To download the trial version of EasyXLS Excel Library, press the below button:

Download EasyXLS™ Excel Library for VB.NET

If you already own a license key, you may login and download EasyXLS from your account.

Install the downloaded EasyXLS installer for v8.6 or earlier.

Step 2: License file setup

Step required for EasyXLS v9.0 or later.

If you are using a trial, generate a trial license file from EasyXLS trials page. The trial license is valid for 30-days.

If you own a license key, you may login to the account that purchased the license and generate the license file from:

Setup the license file into your project using these guidelines.

Step 3: Create a VB.NET project

If don't have a project, create one as ASP.NET web application, windows forms app, console application, class library or service.

Step 4: Include EasyXLS library into project

EasyXLS.dll must be added as reference to your project. EasyXLS.dll can be found:
- Inside the downloaded archive at Step 1 for EasyXLS v9.0 or later
- Under installation path for EasyXLS v8.6 or earlier, in "Dot NET version" folder.

Add EasyXLS reference

Step 5: Run VB.NET code that adds hyperlinks to Excel

Execute the following VB.NET code that exports an Excel file with hyperlinks on a cell or cell ranges.

' Tutorial 15
' This tutorial shows how to create an Excel file with hyperlinks in VB.NET.
' EasyXLS supports the following hyperlink types:
' (1) - hyperlink to URL
' (2) - hyperlink to file
' (3) - hyperlink to UNC
' (4) - hyperlink to cell in the same Excel file
' (5) - hyperlink to name
' The link can be placed on a range of cells.
' Every type of hyperlink accepts a tool tip description.
' Every type of hyperlink accepts a text mark. A text mark is a link inside the file.

Imports EasyXLS
Imports EasyXLS.Constants

Module Tutorial15

    Sub Main()

        Console.WriteLine("Tutorial 15" & vbCrLf & "----------" & vbCrLf)

        ' Create an instance of the class that exports Excel files having two sheets
        Dim workbook As New ExcelDocument(2)

        ' Set the sheet names
        Dim xlsTab1 As ExcelWorksheet = workbook.easy_getSheetAt(0)
        Dim xlsTab2 As ExcelWorksheet = workbook.easy_getSheetAt(1)
        xlsTab1.setSheetName("First tab")
        xlsTab2.setSheetName("Second tab")

        ' Create hyperlink to URL
        xlsTab1.easy_addHyperlink(EasyXLS.Constants.HyperlinkType.URL, "https://www.easyxls.com", _
                                            "Link to URL", "B2:E2")

        ' Create hyperlink to file
        xlsTab1.easy_addHyperlink(EasyXLS.Constants.HyperlinkType.FILE, "c:\myfile.xls", _
                                            "Link to file", "B3")

        ' Create hyperlink to UNC
        xlsTab1.easy_addHyperlink(EasyXLS.Constants.HyperlinkType.UNC, "\\computerName\Folder\file.txt", _
                                            "Link to UNC", "B4:D4")

        ' Create hyperlink to cell on second sheet
        xlsTab1.easy_addHyperlink(EasyXLS.Constants.HyperlinkType.CELL, "'Second tab'!D3", _
                                            "Link to CELL", "B5")

        ' Create a name on the second sheet
        xlsTab2.easy_addName("Name", "=Second tab!$A$1:$A$4")

        ' Create hyperlink to name
        xlsTab1.easy_addHyperlink(EasyXLS.Constants.HyperlinkType.CELL, "Name", "Link to a name", "B6")

        ' Export Excel file
        Console.WriteLine("Writing file C:\Samples\Tutorial15 - hyperlinks in Excel.xlsx.")
        workbook.easy_WriteXLSXFile("C:\Samples\Tutorial15 - hyperlinks in Excel.xlsx")

        ' Confirm export of Excel file
        Dim sError As String = workbook.easy_getError()
        If (sError.Equals("")) Then
            Console.Write(vbCrLf & "File successfully created. Press Enter to Exit...")
            Console.Write(vbCrLf & "Error encountered: " & sError & vbCrLf & "Press Enter to Exit...")
        End If
        ' Dispose memory
    End Sub

End Module

EasyXLS Excel libraries:

Excel Library for VB.NET
full .NET version to import, export or convert Excel files
Excel Writer for VB.NET
.NET version to create and export Excel files
Download EasyXLS™ Excel Library for VB.NET

File formats:

MS Excel 97 - 2003
MS Excel 2007 - 2019
MS Excel 2021
Office 365