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package.json Added the possibility of a custom Paginator component Feb 4, 2019


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A smart data table component for React.js meant to be configuration free


This is meant to be a zero configuration data table component for React.js in the spirit of plug and play.

Just feed it an array of equal JSON objects and it will create a template free table that can be customized easily with any framework (or custom CSS).

It currently supports:

  1. Humanized column names based on object keys
  2. Sortable columns
  3. Rows filtering / searchable
  4. Search term highlight in the results
  5. Column visibility toggles
  6. Automatic pagination
  7. Server-side/remote data
  8. Control over row clicks
  9. Smart data rendering
    • URLs and E-Mail addresses rendered as the href in an anchor tag <a />
    • boolean value parsing to yes/no word
    • Image URLs rendered as the src for an image tag <img />
  10. Custom override if the default behavior is unwanted for some columns
  11. Custom components
    • Paginator


$ npm install react-smart-data-table


Name Default Type Description
data [] {array|string} An array of plain objects (can be nested) or a URL
dataKey 'data' {string} The object key where the async data is available
headers {} {object} The object that overrides default column behavior
name reactsmartdatatable {string} The name for the table
sortable false {boolean} Makes the columns of the table sortable
withToggles false {boolean} Enables the column visibility toggles
withLinks false {boolean} Converts e-mails and url addresses to links
withHeader true {boolean} Can be used to disable the rendering of column headers
withFooter false {boolean} Copy the header to the footer
filterValue '' {string} Filters all columns by its value
perPage 0 {number} Paginates the results with the value as rows per page
loader null {element} Element to be rendered while fetching async data
onRowClick undefined {function} If present, it will execute on every row click
parseBool false {boolean|object} When true, boolean values will be converted to Yes/No
parseImg false {boolean|object} When true, image URLs will be rendered as an img tag
dynamic false {boolean} Use this if your column structure changes dynamically
emptyTable null {element} Pass a renderable object to render when there is no data
paginator elements {element} Pass a renderable object handle table pagination


  Use the following structure to overwrite the default behavior for columns
  Undefined column keys will present the default behavior
    text:       Humanized text based on the column key name
    invisible:  Columns are visible by default
    sortable:   Columns are sortable by default
    filterable: Columns are filterable by default
    isImg:      Will force the render as an image, e.g. for dynamic URLs
    transform:  Allows the custom rendering of the cells content
                Should be a function and these are the arguments passed:
                  (value, index, row)
                The index is the position of the row as being rendered and
                not the index of the row in the original data
  Nested structures can be defined by a string-dot representation
const headers = {
  columnKey: {
    text: 'Column 1',
    invisible: false,
    sortable: true,
    filterable: true,
  'nested.columnKey': {
    text: 'Nested Column',
    invisible: false,
    sortable: true,
    filterable: true,
  // If a dummy column is inserted into the data, it can be used to customize
  // the table by allowing actions per row to be implemented, for example
  tableActions: {
    text: 'Actions',
    invisible: false,
    sortable: false,
    filterable: false,
    transform: (value, index, row) => {
      // The following results should be identical
      console.log(value, row.tableActions)
      // Example of table actions: Delete row from data by row index
      return (
        <button onClick={() => deleteRow(row)}>
          Delete Row


const onRowClick = (event, { rowData, rowIndex, tableData }) => {
  // The following results should be identical
  console.log(rowData, tableData[rowIndex])


// Default
const parseBool = {
  yesWord: 'Yes',
  noWord: 'No',


// You can pass a regular style object that will be passed down to <img />
// Or a Class Name
const parseImg = {
  style: {
    border: '1px solid #ddd',
    borderRadius: '4px',
    padding: '5px',
    width: '150px',
  className: 'my-custom-image-style',


// Any renderable object can be passed
const emptyTable = (
    There is no data available at the time.


The CustomComponent passed down as a prop will be rendered with the following props which can be used to perform all the necessary calculations and makes it fully compatible with Semantic UI's Pagination component.

const CustomComponent = ({
  activePage, totalPages, rows, perPage, onPageChange,
}) => (/* ... */)


// To change the page, call the onPageChange function with the next activePage

  onClick={e => this.onPageChange(e, { activePage: nextActivePage })}


Async data loading (fetch)

By passing a string to the data prop, the component will interpret it as an URL and try to load the data from that location using fetch. If a successful request is returned, the data will be extracted from the data key in the response object. If it's in a different key, you can specify it with the dataKey prop.


  "status": "success",
  "message": "",
  "data": [ { "id": 0, "other": "..." }, { "id": 1, "other": "..." }, "..." ]



Simple sortable table (with Semantic UI)

import React from 'react'
import ReactDOM from 'react-dom'
import faker from 'faker'
import SmartDataTable from 'react-smart-data-table'

var testData = []
var numResults = 100

for (var i=0; i<numResults; i++) {
    _id: i,
    address: {
      state: faker.address.state(),

    className='ui compact selectable table'


You can try react-smart-data-table with different UI libraries in the demo pages below. You can experiment with different features as well.

Take a look at the full featured example's source code.

Forking / Contributing

If you want to fork or contribute, it's easy to test your changes. Just run the following compilation commands in sequence and then the start command to run a development HTTP server in your computer accessible from your browser at the address http://localhost:3000/.

$ npm run build-dev

$ npm run test-dev

$ npm start
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