Finally, an easily stylable semantic HTML data grid widget with a Javascript API that doesn't suck.
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Backgrid.js is a set of components for building semantic and easily stylable data grid widgets. It offers a simple, intuitive programming interface that makes easy things easy, but hard things possible when dealing with tabular data.


The goal of Backgrid.js is to produce a set of core Backbone UI elements that offer you all the basic displaying, sorting and editing functionalities you'd expect, and to create an elegant API that makes extending Backgrid.js with extra functionalities easy.


  • No Hungarian notations.
  • Solid foundation. Based on Backbone.js.
  • Semantic and easily stylable. Just style with plain CSS like you would a normal HTML table.
  • Low learning curve. Works with plain old Backbone models and collections. Easy things are easy, hards things possible.
  • Highly modular and customizable. Componenets are just simple Backbone View classes, customization is easy if you already know Backbone.
  • Lightweight. Extra features are separated into extensions, which keeps the bloat away.
  • Good documentation.

Supported browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 8+ [1]
  • Chrome 4+
  • Safari 4+
  • Firefox 4+
  • Opera 9+ [2]


[1]: Both the desktop and mobile versions of the above browsers are supported.

[2]: Currently needs to double click on a cell to gain focus.


var Territory = Backbone.Model.extend({});

var Territories = Backbone.Collection.extend({
  model: Territory,
  url: "examples/territories.json"

var territories = new Territories();

// Fetch some countries from the url

// Column definitions
var columns = [{
  name: "id", // The key of the model attribute
  label: "ID", // The name to display in the header
  editable: false, // By default every cell in a column is editable, but *ID* shouldn't be
  // Defines a cell type, and ID is displayed as an integer without the ',' separating 1000s.
  cell: Backgrid.IntegerCell.extend({
    orderSeparator: ''
}, {
  name: "name",
  label: "Name",
  // The cell type can be a reference of a Backgrid.Cell subclass, any Backgrid.Cell subclass instances like *id* above, or a string
  cell: "string" // This is converted to "StringCell" and a corresponding class in the Backgrid package namespace is looked up
}, {
  name: "pop",
  label: "Population",
  cell: "integer" // An integer cell is a number cell that displays humanized integers
}, {
  name: "percentage",
  label: "% of World Population",
  cell: "number" // A cell type for floating point value, defaults to have a precision 2 decimal numbers
}, {
  name: "date",
  label: "Date",
  cell: "date",
}, {
  name: "url",
  label: "URL",
  cell: "uri" // Renders the value in an HTML <a> element

// Initialize a new Grid instance
var grid = new Backgrid.Grid({
  columns: columns,
  collection: pageableTerritories,
  footer: Backgrid.Paginator

// Render the grid and attach the root to your HTML document


Take a look here.

More Examples

Are you kidding me? This is a README file. Go to the documentation to find out more :)

Release History


  • In Progress


Copyright (c) 2012 Jimmy Yuen Ho Wong
Source code licensed under the MIT license.

Documentation licenses under GPLv3