Keep an AJAX sourced DataTable up to date, without reloading the entire table at once (with custom interval and pausing ability)
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❗️ Note: This plugin is not actively maintained ❗️

This plugin/library was created by me out of necessity, and released to help others that may need it. I don't have time to actively maintain the code to keep up with DataTables updates or bugs in my code. If you run into an issue, feel free to attribute your own changes. 👍

DataTables Plugin - Live Ajax

Monitor the AJAX data source every 5 seconds (default), comparing the current data structure and the data structure just pulled. If the DataTables setting rowid is not specified, then the entire table will be reloaded (via ajax.reload()) whenever any changes are detected. If rowid is specified, then liveAjax will update only the necessary rows, this is more resourceful than the former option, especially on massively large data structures, where serverSide should be used, but isn't. LiveAjax also has 2 optional parameters, one to specify the update interval (in milliseconds), and another to pause updates, which is useful for when there are certain actions being executed, which would be hindered if the table was updated. All of the DataTables AJAX settings are compatible with this plugin (ajax.type,, ajax.dataSrc, ajax.url)



  1. Setup table to use ajax data source
  2. Make sure your AJAX source is structured with objects
  3. (Recommended, not required) Specify a rowId attribute


Parameter Type Default Description
liveAjax boolean true Enable/Disable liveAjax plugin
liveAjax.interval number 5000 Interval to check for updates (in milliseconds)
liveAjax.dtCallbacks boolean false This will determine if the DataTables xhr callbacks should be executed for every AJAX Request
liveAjax.abortOn array error, timeout, parsererror Cease all future AJAX calls if one of these statuses were encountered
liveAjax.noUpdate function N/A Callback executed when no discrepancies were found in the new JSON data; (Parameters: [object] DataTables Settings, [object] JSON Data for table; [object] XHR Object)
liveAjax.onUpdate function N/A Callback executed when discrepancies were found in the new JSON data, and the table was updated; (Parameters: [object] DataTables Settings, [object] Updated/Deleted/Created row data, [object] New JSON Data for table; [object] XHR Object)


Event Description Parameters
init.liveAjax Triggered when liveAjax was initiated on a new table [object] Event, [object] DataTables Settings, [object] XHR Object
xhrErr.liveAjax Triggered for all XHR Errors [object] Event, [object] DataTables Settings, [object] XHR Object, [string] Error Thrown
xhrErrTimeout.liveAjax Triggered when an XHR timeout was encountered [object] Event, [object] DataTables Settings, [object] XHR Object, [string] Error Thrown
xhrErrError.liveAjax Triggered when an XHR error was encountered [object] Event, [object] DataTables Settings, [object] XHR Object, [string] Error Thrown
xhrErrParseerror.liveAjax Triggered when an XHR parsererror was encountered [object] Event, [object] DataTables Settings, [object] XHR Object, [string] Error Thrown
xhrErrAbort.liveAjax Triggered when an xhr abort was encountered [object] Event, [object] DataTables Settings, [object] XHR Object, [string] Error Thrown
xhrErrUnknown.liveAjax Triggered when an unknown XHR error was encountered [object] Event, [object] DataTables Settings, [object] XHR Object, [string] Error Thrown
xhrSkipped.liveAjax Triggered when an XHR call was skipped [object] Event, [object] DataTables Settings, [string] Reason for skip (paused or processing)
setInterval.liveAjax Triggered when the polling interval was changed [object] Event, [object] DataTables Settings, [number] New interval
clearTimeout.liveAjax Triggered when the loop timeout has been cleared [object] Event, [object] DataTables Settings, [object] XHR Object
abortXhr.liveAjax Triggered when an XHR request is aborted [object] Event, [object] DataTables Settings, [object] XHR Object
setPause.liveAjax Triggered when the polling was paused or unpaused [object] Event, [object] DataTables Settings, [boolean] Pause Status
onUpdate.liveAjax Triggered when the new JSON changes were implemented [object] Event, [object] DataTables Settings, [object] Created/Deleted/Updated row data, [object] DataTable JSON data, [object] XHR Object
noUpdate.liveAjax Triggered when the the table did not need updating [object] Event, [object] DataTables Settings, [object] DataTable JSON, [object] XHR Object

API Methods

Method Description Return Parameters
iveAjax.initiate() Start XHR Polling [object] DataTables API None
iveAjax.abortXhr() Abort Current XHR request [object] DataTables API None
liveAjax.clearTimeout() Clear the polling loop [object] DataTables API [boolean] Abort current XHR request
liveAjax.xhrStatus() Retrieve latest XHR Status [object] DataTables API, [string] XHR Text status None
liveAjax.resume() Resume Updates [object] DataTables API None
liveAjax.togglePause() Toggle Pause Status [object] DataTables API None
liveAjax.pause() Pause XHR Polling [object] DataTables API None
liveAjax.isPaused() Pause XHR Polling [object] DataTables API, *[boolean] Pause Status None
liveAjax.reload() Reload table DataTables API Object [function] Callback, [boolean] Reset pagination (default false), [boolean] Force through paused status
liveAjax.setInterval() Change update interval DataTables API Object [integer] New interval (use null to reset to default or config value)

Example Usage

Basic Initialization - Enable liveAjax (Checks for updates every 5 seconds by default)

    ajax: 'dataSrc.php',
    rowId: 'emp_id',
    liveAjax: true

Shows full compatibility with all ajax options, and implement some custom settings

    ajax: {
        url: 'dataSrc.php',
        type: 'POST',
        data: { dataSrc: 'something'},
        dataSrc: 'something'
    rowId: 'emp_id',
    liveAjax: {
        // Update every 4.5 seconds
        interval: 4500,
        // Enable DT XHR Callbacks for all AJAX requests
        dtCallbacks: true,
        abortOn: ['error', 'timeout', 'parsererror', 'abort']

Update the entire table when any changes are detected (Less optimal than when rowid is used)

    ajax: 'json.php',
    liveAjax: true

Example API Usage

Stop updates entirely (Can not be restarted)


Pause updates (Updates can only be ran if forced)


Resume updates


Initialize immediate reload the table (Does not wait for interval)


Force reload of table (Executes regardless if paused or not)

table.liveAjax.reload( null, false, true );

Change interval update to 3 seconds

table.liveAjax.setInterval( 3000 );

Clear the API interval status, resetting it to default (5000) or value set by liveAjax.interval setting

table.liveAjax.setInterval( null );