I would like to have target="_blank" selected as the default for new links in any Wygwam field. I've tried a variety of things using the CKEditor config file, but I haven't been able to get this working properly.

Anyone out there done this with any success?


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Here's a bit of jQuery that adds target="_blank" to all external link (links to another domain):

$(document).ready(function() {
      if(this.href.indexOf(location.hostname) == -1) {
        $(this).attr('target', '_blank');

Would that solve your problem?

  • not a great solution as all links could potentially have the full url and not the uri. Jul 28, 2013 at 18:14
  • Read the js: it checks if the link has a domain-name in it equal to the current location.hostname :)
    – Steven
    Jul 29, 2013 at 13:13
  • On a sidenote: $("a[@href^=http]") only selects links with hrefs that start with http :).
    – Steven
    Jul 29, 2013 at 13:14
  • I missed the location.hostname. All of my hrefs start with http:// is all I meant. Aug 1, 2013 at 14:33

Not quite the solution you're after but if you were to wrap each instance where you output the content of the Wygwam field with a specific class in your templates. You could then add some javascript to target any links within it and force them to open in a new window.

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