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Github fork of Christian Bach's tablesorter plugin + awesomeness ~
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tablesorter (FORK) is a jQuery plugin for turning a standard HTML table with THEAD and TBODY tags into a sortable table without page refreshes. tablesorter can successfully parse and sort many types of data including linked data in a cell. This forked version adds lots of new enhancements including: alphanumeric sorting, pager callback functons, multiple widgets providing column styling, ui theme application, sticky headers, column filters and resizer, as well as extended documentation with a lot more demos.


  • Because of the change to the internal cache, the tablesorter v2.16+ core, filter widget and pager (both plugin & widget) will only work with the same version or newer files.




  • Multi-column alphanumeric sorting and filtering.
  • Multi-tbody sorting - see the options table on the main document page.
  • Supports Bootstrap v2 and 3
  • Parsers for sorting text, alphanumeric text, URIs, integers, currency, floats, IP addresses, dates (ISO, long and short formats) & time. Add your own easily.
  • Inline editing - see demo
  • Support for ROWSPAN and COLSPAN on TH elements.
  • Support secondary "hidden" sorting (e.g., maintain alphabetical sort when sorting on other criteria).
  • Extensibility via widget system.
  • Cross-browser: IE 6.0+, FF 2+, Safari 2.0+, Opera 9.0+, Chrome 5.0+.
  • Small code size, starting at 25K minified
  • Works with jQuery 1.2.6+ (jQuery 1.4.1+ needed with some widgets).
  • Works with jQuery 1.9+ ($.browser.msie was removed; needed in the original version).



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If you would like to contribute, please...

  1. Fork.
  2. Make changes in a branch & add unit tests.
  3. Run grunt test (if qunit fails, run it again - it's fickle).
  4. Create a pull request.

Special Thanks

  • Big shout-out to Nick Craver for getting rid of the eval() function that was previously needed for multi-column sorting.
  • Big thanks to thezoggy for helping with code, themes and providing valuable feedback.
  • Big thanks to ThsSin- for taking over for a while and also providing valuable feedback.
  • Thanks to prijutme4ty for numerous contributions!
  • Also extra thanks to christhomas and Lynesth for help with code.
  • And, of course thanks to everyone else that has contributed, and continues to contribute to this forked project!


  • Check the FAQ page.
  • Search the main documentation (click the menu button in the upper left corner).
  • Search the issues to see if the question or problem has been brought up before, and hopefully resolved.
  • If someone is available, ask your question in the #tablesorter IRC channel at
  • Ask your question at Stackoverflow using a tablesorter tag.
  • Please don't open a new issue unless it really is an issue with the plugin, or a feature request. Thanks!

Recent Changes

View the complete change log here.

Version 2.23.2 (8/23/2015)

  • Readme
    • Corrections for last update
  • Docs
    • Add parsed values function no longer wraps empty content.
  • Core
    • Cache regular expressions.
  • ColumnSelector
    • Add columnSelector_updated option (triggered event name).
  • Filter
    • Allow dynamically changing the "any match" filter. Fixes issue #998.
    • Cache regular expressions.
    • Add reference to widget code to make the file more compressible.

Version 2.23.1 (8/19/2015)

  • Core

    • Prevent js error when $.tablesorter.showError is called without a string. Fixes issue #997.
    • Updated $.tablesorter.showError function by including a settings parameter; a parameter passed by jQuery's .ajaxError() method, but was previously omitted.

      $.tablesorter.showError( table, xhr, settings, exception );

      I didn't bump the minor version as this is somewhat on the edge of calling this a breaking change.

  • Pager

    • Include settings parameter from ajaxError method, between the xhr and exception parameters to match the order of parameters returned by jQuery .ajaxError() method.

      ajaxError: function( config, xhr, settings, exception ){ return exception; };

Version 2.23.0 (8/17/2015)

  • Core:
    • Prevent addRows error. See issue #979.
    • Make all updating methods public
      • Call a function instead of triggering an event on the table. Changes include:
        • $.tablesorter.addRows - called by addRows method.
        • $.tablesorter.appendCache - renamed from appendToTable; appends cache to DOM, called by appendCache method.
        • $.tablesorter.isEmptyObject - clone of $.isEmptyObject (jQuery v1.4).
        • $.tablesorter.sortOn - called by sortOn method.
        • $.tablesorter.sortReset - called by sortReset method.
        • $.tablesorter.updateAll - called by updateAll method.
        • $.tablesorter.updateCache - called by updateCache method.
        • $.tablesorter.updateCell - called by updateCell method.
        • $.tablesorter.update - called by update and updateRows method.
    • addRows now accepts a row string if only one tbody exists in the table.
      • The one tbody does not include information only tbodies (which have a class name from cssInfoBlock).
      • Previously, you had to make a jQuery object, append it to the table, then pass a reference containing the new rows.
      • This method doesn't work if a table has multiple tbodies, because the plugin doesn't know where you want to add the rows.
      • Also, updated the debug message for this method.
    • Use header cells instead of references to prevent IE8 error. Fixes issue #987.
    • Fix above header cell targetting causing a javascript error in jQuery v1.2.6. Fixes issue #995.
    • Add updateHeaders method
      • Triggered event & public api function.
      • $.tablesorter.updateHeaders - called by updateHeaders method.
      • Fixes issue #989.
  • Docs:
    • Update jQuery UI theme switcher URLs.
  • ColumnSelector:
    • Modify refreshColumnSelector method so it also updates the contents of the container in case of changes to the header text, column priorities, etc.
    • See examples of these changes in the column selector methods section.
    • Fixes issue #985.
  • Editable:
    • Improve column option parsing. Fixes issues #982 & #979.
  • Filter:
    • Fix js error caused when limiting search columns - external "any" filter targeting specific columns; see Stackoverflow.
  • Pager:
    • Widget only: No more javascript error in widget ajax error message.
    • Addon only: replace use of $.isEmptyObject which was not available in jQuery v1.2.6.
    • Change enable, disable & destroy trigger methods.
      • Previously, these methods had to include a .pager namespace: enable.pager, disable.pager & destroy.pager.
      • These methods stopped working when unique pager namespaces were added.
      • New trigger methods are named as follows: enablePager, disablePager & destroyPager.
      • Fixes issue #980.
    • Unbind pager controls on destroy. Fixes issue #981.
    • Add ajaxError callback function. Fixes issue #992.
  • Parsers:
    • parser-input-select: fix javascript error when no rows returned.
  • Misc & Testing
    • Miscellaneous cleanup of testing code.
    • Add empty ignore entry to bower.json. Fixes issue #991.
    • Fix license in package.json to match the new spdx license expression syntax.
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