jQuery Safer Mailto Links  Plugin

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Recently I realized that jQuery plugins are the way to go for building re-usable, modular code snippets. As a result I have revisited the jQuery Safe Mailto’s function, building a jQuery Plugin to replace it.

Working Example


All instances of “[at]” will be replaces with “@”;
Likewise, [dot] will be replaced with “.”

Plugin Code

jQuery.fn.safeMailTo = function() {
  return this.each(function(){

    var mailtoHref = $(this).attr('href');
    mailtoHref = mailtoHref.replace(mailtoHref,"mailto:" + mailtoHref);
    mailtoHref = mailtoHref.replace("[at]","@");
    mailtoHref = mailtoHref.replace("[dot]",".");

    var mailtoText = $(this).text();
    mailtoText = mailtoText.replace("[at]","@");
    mailtoText = mailtoText.replace("[dot]",".");

    var mailtoTitle = mailtoHref.replace("mailto:","Email: ");

      window.location.href = mailtoHref;
      return false;


  1. Include the latest version of jQuery into the HEAD section of the document.
  2. Include jquery.mailto.js into the HEAD section of the document.
  3. Add the .safeMailTo() method onto the selector you wish to modify

Example Implementation




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