Components

Header

The GOV.UK header shows users that they are on GOV.UK and which service they are using.

<header class="govuk-header " role="banner" data-module="header">
  <div class="govuk-header__container govuk-width-container">

    <div class="govuk-header__logo">
      <a href="#" class="govuk-header__link govuk-header__link--homepage">
        <span class="govuk-header__logotype">

          <svg role="presentation" focusable="false" class="govuk-header__logotype-crown" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" viewbox="0 0 132 97" height="32" width="36">
            <path fill="currentColor" fill-rule="evenodd" d="M25 30.2c3.5 1.5 7.7-.2 9.1-3.7 1.5-3.6-.2-7.8-3.9-9.2-3.6-1.4-7.6.3-9.1 3.9-1.4 3.5.3 7.5 3.9 9zM9 39.5c3.6 1.5 7.8-.2 9.2-3.7 1.5-3.6-.2-7.8-3.9-9.1-3.6-1.5-7.6.2-9.1 3.8-1.4 3.5.3 7.5 3.8 9zM4.4 57.2c3.5 1.5 7.7-.2 9.1-3.8 1.5-3.6-.2-7.7-3.9-9.1-3.5-1.5-7.6.3-9.1 3.8-1.4 3.5.3 7.6 3.9 9.1zm38.3-21.4c3.5 1.5 7.7-.2 9.1-3.8 1.5-3.6-.2-7.7-3.9-9.1-3.6-1.5-7.6.3-9.1 3.8-1.3 3.6.4 7.7 3.9 9.1zm64.4-5.6c-3.6 1.5-7.8-.2-9.1-3.7-1.5-3.6.2-7.8 3.8-9.2 3.6-1.4 7.7.3 9.2 3.9 1.3 3.5-.4 7.5-3.9 9zm15.9 9.3c-3.6 1.5-7.7-.2-9.1-3.7-1.5-3.6.2-7.8 3.7-9.1 3.6-1.5 7.7.2 9.2 3.8 1.5 3.5-.3 7.5-3.8 9zm4.7 17.7c-3.6 1.5-7.8-.2-9.2-3.8-1.5-3.6.2-7.7 3.9-9.1 3.6-1.5 7.7.3 9.2 3.8 1.3 3.5-.4 7.6-3.9 9.1zM89.3 35.8c-3.6 1.5-7.8-.2-9.2-3.8-1.4-3.6.2-7.7 3.9-9.1 3.6-1.5 7.7.3 9.2 3.8 1.4 3.6-.3 7.7-3.9 9.1zM69.7 17.7l8.9 4.7V9.3l-8.9 2.8c-.2-.3-.5-.6-.9-.9L72.4 0H59.6l3.5 11.2c-.3.3-.6.5-.9.9l-8.8-2.8v13.1l8.8-4.7c.3.3.6.7.9.9l-5 15.4v.1c-.2.8-.4 1.6-.4 2.4 0 4.1 3.1 7.5 7 8.1h.2c.3 0 .7.1 1 .1.4 0 .7 0 1-.1h.2c4-.6 7.1-4.1 7.1-8.1 0-.8-.1-1.7-.4-2.4V34l-5.1-15.4c.4-.2.7-.6 1-.9zM66 92.8c16.9 0 32.8 1.1 47.1 3.2 4-16.9 8.9-26.7 14-33.5l-9.6-3.4c1 4.9 1.1 7.2 0 10.2-1.5-1.4-3-4.3-4.2-8.7L108.6 76c2.8-2 5-3.2 7.5-3.3-4.4 9.4-10 11.9-13.6 11.2-4.3-.8-6.3-4.6-5.6-7.9 1-4.7 5.7-5.9 8-.5 4.3-8.7-3-11.4-7.6-8.8 7.1-7.2 7.9-13.5 2.1-21.1-8 6.1-8.1 12.3-4.5 20.8-4.7-5.4-12.1-2.5-9.5 6.2 3.4-5.2 7.9-2 7.2 3.1-.6 4.3-6.4 7.8-13.5 7.2-10.3-.9-10.9-8-11.2-13.8 2.5-.5 7.1 1.8 11 7.3L80.2 60c-4.1 4.4-8 5.3-12.3 5.4 1.4-4.4 8-11.6 8-11.6H55.5s6.4 7.2 7.9 11.6c-4.2-.1-8-1-12.3-5.4l1.4 16.4c3.9-5.5 8.5-7.7 10.9-7.3-.3 5.8-.9 12.8-11.1 13.8-7.2.6-12.9-2.9-13.5-7.2-.7-5 3.8-8.3 7.1-3.1 2.7-8.7-4.6-11.6-9.4-6.2 3.7-8.5 3.6-14.7-4.6-20.8-5.8 7.6-5 13.9 2.2 21.1-4.7-2.6-11.9.1-7.7 8.8 2.3-5.5 7.1-4.2 8.1.5.7 3.3-1.3 7.1-5.7 7.9-3.5.7-9-1.8-13.5-11.2 2.5.1 4.7 1.3 7.5 3.3l-4.7-15.4c-1.2 4.4-2.7 7.2-4.3 8.7-1.1-3-.9-5.3 0-10.2l-9.5 3.4c5 6.9 9.9 16.7 14 33.5 14.8-2.1 30.8-3.2 47.7-3.2z"></path>

            <image src="/assets/images/govuk-logotype-crown.png" class="govuk-header__logotype-crown-fallback-image"></image>
          </svg>
          <span class="govuk-header__logotype-text">
            GOV.UK
          </span>
        </span>
      </a>
    </div>
  </div>
</header>
{% from "header/macro.njk" import govukHeader %}

{{ govukHeader({
  homepageUrl: "#"
}) }}

You can configure this component using the Nunjucks macro arguments.

When to use this component

You must use the GOV.UK header at the top of every page if your service is being hosted on one of these domains:

  • gov.uk/myservice
  • myservice.service.gov.uk
  • myblog.blog.gov.uk

When not to use this component

You must not use the GOV.UK header if your service is not being hosted on one of the above domains.

How it works

Default header

Use the default header if your service has 5 pages or fewer.

<header class="govuk-header " role="banner" data-module="header">
  <div class="govuk-header__container govuk-width-container">

    <div class="govuk-header__logo">
      <a href="#" class="govuk-header__link govuk-header__link--homepage">
        <span class="govuk-header__logotype">

          <svg role="presentation" focusable="false" class="govuk-header__logotype-crown" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" viewbox="0 0 132 97" height="32" width="36">
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            <image src="/assets/images/govuk-logotype-crown.png" class="govuk-header__logotype-crown-fallback-image"></image>
          </svg>
          <span class="govuk-header__logotype-text">
            GOV.UK
          </span>
        </span>
      </a>
    </div>
  </div>
</header>
{% from "header/macro.njk" import govukHeader %}

{{ govukHeader({
  homepageUrl: "#"
}) }}

You can configure this component using the Nunjucks macro arguments.

Header with service name

Use the header with a service name if your service is more than 5 pages long - this can help users understand which service they are using.

<header class="govuk-header " role="banner" data-module="header">
  <div class="govuk-header__container govuk-width-container">

    <div class="govuk-header__logo">
      <a href="#" class="govuk-header__link govuk-header__link--homepage">
        <span class="govuk-header__logotype">

          <svg role="presentation" focusable="false" class="govuk-header__logotype-crown" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" viewbox="0 0 132 97" height="32" width="36">
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            <image src="/assets/images/govuk-logotype-crown.png" class="govuk-header__logotype-crown-fallback-image"></image>
          </svg>
          <span class="govuk-header__logotype-text">
            GOV.UK
          </span>
        </span>
      </a>
    </div>
    <div class="govuk-header__content">

      <a href="#" class="govuk-header__link govuk-header__link--service-name">
        Service name
      </a>

    </div>
  </div>
</header>
{% from "header/macro.njk" import govukHeader %}

{{ govukHeader({
  homepageUrl: "#",
  serviceName: "Service name",
  serviceUrl: "#"
}) }}

You can configure this component using the Nunjucks macro arguments.

Header with service name and navigation

Use the header with navigation if you need to include basic navigation, contact or account management links.

<header class="govuk-header " role="banner" data-module="header">
  <div class="govuk-header__container govuk-width-container">

    <div class="govuk-header__logo">
      <a href="#" class="govuk-header__link govuk-header__link--homepage">
        <span class="govuk-header__logotype">

          <svg role="presentation" focusable="false" class="govuk-header__logotype-crown" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" viewbox="0 0 132 97" height="32" width="36">
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            <image src="/assets/images/govuk-logotype-crown.png" class="govuk-header__logotype-crown-fallback-image"></image>
          </svg>
          <span class="govuk-header__logotype-text">
            GOV.UK
          </span>
        </span>
      </a>
    </div>
    <div class="govuk-header__content">

      <a href="#" class="govuk-header__link govuk-header__link--service-name">
        Service name
      </a>

      <button role="button" class="govuk-header__menu-button js-header-toggle" aria-controls="navigation" aria-label="Show or hide Top Level Navigation">Menu</button>
      <nav>
        <ul id="navigation" class="govuk-header__navigation " aria-label="Top Level Navigation">
          <li class="govuk-header__navigation-item govuk-header__navigation-item--active">
            <a class="govuk-header__link" href="#1">
              Navigation item 1
            </a>
          </li>
          <li class="govuk-header__navigation-item">
            <a class="govuk-header__link" href="#2">
              Navigation item 2
            </a>
          </li>
          <li class="govuk-header__navigation-item">
            <a class="govuk-header__link" href="#3">
              Navigation item 3
            </a>
          </li>
          <li class="govuk-header__navigation-item">
            <a class="govuk-header__link" href="#4">
              Navigation item 4
            </a>
          </li>
        </ul>
      </nav>
    </div>
  </div>
</header>
{% from "header/macro.njk" import govukHeader %}

{{ govukHeader({
  homepageUrl: "#",
  serviceName: "Service name",
  serviceUrl: "#",
  navigation: [
    {
      href: "#1",
      text: "Navigation item 1",
      active: true
    },
    {
      href: "#2",
      text: "Navigation item 2"
    },
    {
      href: "#3",
      text: "Navigation item 3"
    },
    {
      href: "#4",
      text: "Navigation item 4"
    }
  ]
}) }}

You can configure this component using the Nunjucks macro arguments.

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