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Due to time constraints this repo is no longer maintained. Please use the official fork over at fiduswriter/Simple-DataTables

A lightweight, extendable, dependency-free javascript HTML table plugin. Similar to jQuery DataTables, but without the dependencies.


  • Sortable columns
  • Pagination
  • Searchable
  • Customisable layout
  • Customisable labels
  • Customise column rendering
  • Load data via AJAX requests
  • Export to common formats like csv, txt json, and sql
  • Import csv and json data
  • Control column visibility
  • Reorder or swap columns
  • moment.js integration for sorting columns with datetime strings
  • Extentable with custom plugins See the wiki (v1.6.0 and above)

Documentation | Latest Version




bower install vanilla-datatables --save


npm install vanilla-datatables --save


Grab the files from one of the CDNs and include them in your page:

<link href="" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css">
<script src="" type="text/javascript"></script>


<link href="" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css">
<script src="" type="text/javascript"></script>

You can replace latest with the required release number.

CDNs courtesy of unpkg and jsDelivr

Quick Start

Then just initialise the plugin by either passing a reference to the table or a CSS3 selector string as the first parameter:

var myTable = document.querySelector("#myTable");
var dataTable = new DataTable(myTable);

// or

var dataTable = new DataTable("#myTable");

You can also pass the options object as the second paramater:

var dataTable = new DataTable("#myTable", {
	searchable: false,
	fixedHeight: true,

Don't forget to check the wiki out for further help.

If this project helps you then you can grab me a coffee or beer to say thanks.


Copyright © 2017 Karl Saunders | MIT license