The "attr" binding


The attr binding provides a generic way to set the value of any attribute for the associated DOM element. This is useful, for example, when you need to set the title attribute of an element, the src of an img tag, or the href of a link based on values in your view model, with the attribute value being updated automatically whenever the corresponding model property changes.


<a data-bind="attr: { href: url, title: details }">

<script type="text/javascript">
    var viewModel = {
        url: ko.observable("year-end.html"),
        details: ko.observable("Report including final year-end statistics")

This will set the element’s href attribute to year-end.html and the element’s title attribute to Report including final year-end statistics.


  • Main parameter

    You should pass a JavaScript object in which the property names correspond to attribute names, and the values correspond to the attribute values you wish to apply.

    If your parameter references an observable value, the binding will update the attribute whenever the observable value changes. If the parameter doesn’t reference an observable value, it will only set the attribute once and will not update it later.

  • Additional parameters

    • None

If you want to apply the attribute data-something, you can’t write this:

<div data-bind="attr: { data-something: someValue }">...</div>

… because data-something isn’t a legal identifier name at that point. The solution is simple: just wrap the identifier name in quotes so that it becomes a string literal, which is legal in a JavaScript object literal. For example,

<div data-bind="attr: { 'data-something': someValue }">...</div>

Note: Using reserved words as attribute names in older browsers

In older browsers (ie8 and below) using reserved javascript words as attribute names causes an error. You can get around this by quoting them like this:

<input data-bind="attr: { 'for': someValue }" />

You can find a good list of reserved words on Mozilla’s MDN page here.


None, other than the core Knockout library.

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