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A formatted and aligned table printer library for Rust.

Copyright © 2019 Pierre-Henri Symoneaux

Check LICENSE.txt file for more information.

How to use


Include the library as a dependency to your project by adding the following lines to your Cargo.toml file:

prettytable-rs = "^0.8"

The library requires at least rust v1.32.0.

Basic usage

Start using it like this:

#[macro_use] extern crate prettytable;
use prettytable::{Table, Row, Cell};

fn main() {
    // Create the table
    let mut table = Table::new();

    // Add a row per time
    table.add_row(row!["ABC", "DEFG", "HIJKLMN"]);
    table.add_row(row!["foobar", "bar", "foo"]);
    // A more complicated way to add a row:

    // Print the table to stdout

The code above will output

| ABC     | DEFG | HIJKLMN |
| foobar  | bar  | foo     |
| foobar2 | bar2 | foo2    |

Using macros

For everyday usage consider table! macro. This code will produce the same output as above:

#[macro_use] extern crate prettytable;

fn main() {
    let table = table!(["ABC", "DEFG", "HIJKLMN"],
                       ["foobar", "bar", "foo"],
                       ["foobar2", "bar2", "foo2"]);


The ptable! macro combines creating and printing a table:

#[macro_use] extern crate prettytable;

fn main() {
    let table = ptable!(["ABC", "DEFG", "HIJKLMN"],
                        ["foobar", "bar", "foo"],
                        ["foobar2", "bar2", "foo2"]);

Tables also support multiline cells content. As a result, you can print a table into another table (yo dawg ;). For example:

let table1 = table!(["ABC", "DEFG", "HIJKLMN"],
                    ["foobar", "bar", "foo"],
                    ["foobar2", "bar2", "foo2"]);

let table2 = table!(["Title 1", "Title 2"],
                    ["This is\na multiline\ncell", "foo"],
                    ["Yo dawg ;) You can even\nprint tables\ninto tables", table1]);


will print

| Title 1                 | Title 2                      |
| This is                 | foo                          |
| a multiline             |                              |
| cell                    |                              |
| Yo dawg ;) You can even | +---------+------+---------+ |
| print tables            | | ABC     | DEFG | HIJKLMN | |
| into tables             | +---------+------+---------+ |
|                         | | foobar  | bar  | foo     | |
|                         | +---------+------+---------+ |
|                         | | foobar2 | bar2 | foo2    | |
|                         | +---------+------+---------+ |

Rows may have different numbers of cells. The table will automatically adapt to the largest row by printing additional empty cells in smaller rows.

Do it with style!

Tables can have a styled output with background and foreground colors, bold and italic as configurable settings, thanks to the term crate. Alignment in cells can also be set (Left, Right, Center), and a cell can span accross multiple columns.

term style attributes are reexported

  • directly:

    use prettytable::{Attr, color};
    /* ... */
  • through style strings:

  • using row! macro:

    table.add_row(row![bFg->"foobar", BriH2->"bar", "foo"]);
  • using table! macro (this one creates a new table, unlike previous examples):

    table!([bFg->"foobar", BriH2->"bar", "foo"]);


  • bFg means bold, Foreground: green,
  • BriH2 means Background: red, italic, Horizontal span of 2.

Another example: FrBybc means Foreground: red, Background: yellow, bold, center.

All cases of styling cells in macros:

  • With row!, for each cell separately:
    row![FrByb->"ABC", FrByb->"DEFG", "HIJKLMN"];
  • With row!, for the whole row:
    row![FY => "styled", "bar", "foo"];
  • With table!, for each cell separately:
    table!([FrBybl->"A", FrBybc->"B", FrBybr->"C"], [123, 234, 345, 456]);
  • With table!, for whole rows:
    table!([Frb => "A", "B", "C"], [Frb => 1, 2, 3, 4], [1, 2, 3]);
  • With table!, mixed styling:
    table!([Frb => "A", "B", "C"], [Frb->1, Fgi->2, 3, 4], [1, 2, 3]);

List of style specifiers:

  • F : Foreground (must be followed by a color specifier)
  • B : Background (must be followed by a color specifier)
  • H : Horizontal span (must be followed by a number)
  • b : bold
  • i : italic
  • u : underline
  • c : Align center
  • l : Align left
  • r : Align right
  • d : default style

List of color specifiers:

Lowercase letters stand for usual colors:

  • r : Red
  • b : Blue
  • g : Green
  • y : Yellow
  • c : Cyan
  • m : Magenta
  • w : White
  • d : Black

Uppercase letters stand for bright counterparts of the above colors:

  • R : Bright Red
  • B : Bright Blue
  • ... and so on ...


Tables can be sliced into immutable borrowed subtables. Slices are of type prettytable::TableSlice<'a>.

For example,

use prettytable::Slice;
/* ... */
let slice = table.slice(2..5);

will print a table with only lines 2, 3 and 4 from table.

Other Range syntaxes are supported. For example:

table.slice(..); // Returns a borrowed immutable table with all rows
table.slice(2..); // Returns a table with rows starting at index 2
table.slice(..3); // Returns a table with rows until the one at index 3

Customize look and feel of a table

The look and feel of a table can be customized with prettytable::format::TableFormat.

Configurable settings include:

  • Borders (left and right)
  • Junctions
  • Column separators
  • Line separators
  • Titles (using table.set_titles())

To do this, either:

  • create a new TableFormat object, then call setters until you get the desired configuration;
  • or use the convenient FormatBuilder and Builder pattern, shown below
let mut table = Table::new();
let format = format::FormatBuilder::new()
                format::LineSeparator::new('-', '+', '+', '+'))
    .padding(1, 1)

table.set_titles(row!["Title 1", "Title 2"]);
table.add_row(row!["Value 1", "Value 2"]);
table.add_row(row!["Value three", "Value four"]);

The code above will make the table look like

| Title 1     | Title 2    |
| Value 1     | Value 2    |
| Value three | Value four |

For convenience, several formats are predefined in prettytable::format::consts module.

Some formats and their respective outputs:

  • use prettytable::format;
    | Title 1     | Title 2    |
    | Value 1     | Value 2    |
    | Value three | Value four |
  • use prettytable::format;
    Title 1     | Title 2
    Value 1     | Value 2
    Value three | Value four

Check API documentation for the full list of available predefined formats.

CSV import/export

Tables can be imported from and exported to CSV. This is possible thanks to the default & optional feature csv.

The csv feature may become deactivated by default on future major releases.


A Table can be imported from a string:

let table = Table::from_csv_string("ABC,DEFG,HIJKLMN\n\

or from CSV files:

let table = Table::from_csv_file("input_csv.txt")?;

Those 2 ways of importing CSV assumes a CSV format with no headers, and delimited with commas

Import can also be done from a CSV reader which allows more customization around the CSV format:

let reader = /* create a reader */;
/* do something with the reader */
let table = Table::from_csv(reader);


Export to a generic Write:

let out = File::create("output_csv.txt")?;

or to a csv::Writer<W: Write>:

let writer = /* create a writer */;
/* do something with the writer */

Note on line endings

By default, the library prints tables with platform specific line ending. This means on Windows, newlines will be rendered with \r\n while on other platforms they will be rendered with \n. Since v0.6.3, platform specific line endings are activated though the default feature win_crlf, which can be deactivated. When this feature is deactivated (for instance with the --no-default-features flag in cargo), line endings will be rendered with \n on any platform.

This customization capability will probably move to Formatting API in a future release.

Additional examples are provided in the documentation and in examples directory.

Evcxr Integration

Evcxr is a Rust REPL and a Jupyter notebook kernel. This crate integrates into Evcxr and the Jupyter notebooks using the evcxr feature flag, which enables native displays of tables. This includes support for displaying colors and various formattings.

You can include prettytable as a dependency using this line:

:dep prettytable = { git = "", package = "prettytable-rs", features = ["evcxr"] }

prettytable being used in a Jupyter notebook with Evcxr Rust kernel.

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