In a Drupal 8 site, I want to add menu items with "no link", I was thinking that nolink is allowed but when I entered this, I got error

Manually entered paths should start with /, ? or #.

Is there a way for adding menu items not clickable without adding "#" because "#" add attribute [data-drupal-link-system-path=""] and [class="is-active"]

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You need to use route:<nolink> to achieve this. Then it will validate and render without a link.

  • Thanks so much, I tried it and it working fine, but still adding attributes of [ data-drupal-link-system-path="<front>" ] and [ class="is-active" ] Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 12:13
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    That is a separate issue from what you're trying to achieve and either a core bug or problem with your theme, but route:<nolink> is definitely the answer. It even works with Pathauto.
    – Kevin
    Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 12:16
  • The "is-active" class bug has been reported here: drupal.org/project/drupal/issues/2838351
    – FiNeX
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 10:46
  • It worked for me. Thanks for such a knowledgeable solution.
    – Pupil
    Commented Feb 27, 2019 at 5:33
  • +1 upvote - thank you - <nolink> works when adding link in standard Drupal menu, admin/structure/menu/manage/main/add so that you can have other words on menu, perhaps to go before a set of links that have similar purpose, e.g. social links (using menu_link_attributes & fontawesome_menu_icons modules. Then also add nth child css and the menu can be positioned separately from other links. menu_export is handy for putting menu items into config. Commented Feb 18, 2021 at 20:26

To create a menu item without link in a custom module add to [module_name].links.menu.yml:

url: 'internal:##'

You need to add a second # character (or any other letter or word url: 'internal:#nolink') in order to the href attribute will not rendered empty, which will cause a page reload if the user click the link.

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    This is a good solution also. For me better than remove the link, that removes the <a> tag and then this menu item loose the corresponding css styles. Commented May 18, 2018 at 12:57

and add class or style for item [a style="pointer-events:none; cursor:default; text-decoration:none;" ...][/a]

pointer-events:none; cursor:default; text-decoration:none;

For Drupal 8 you can create a link programmatically using Link::fromTextAndUrl not linkable like that:

$my_link = Link::fromTextAndUrl(t('This is my link text'), Url::fromUri('route:<nolink>'));

Optionally you can convert it to an array using: $my_link = $my_link->toRenderable();

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