Server-side datatable representations for Django querysets for automatic rendering in templates
Python HTML CSS JavaScript
tiliv Merge pull request #214 from jayala/master
Add Datatable Meta option for ``id``, which is forwarded directly to default template rendering to populate the ``<table>`` id dom attribute.
Latest commit 5ab85b4 May 29, 2018

Datatable View

This package is used in conjunction with the jQuery plugin DataTables, and supports state-saving detection with fnSetFilteringDelay. The package consists of a class-based view, and a small collection of utilities for rendering table data from models.

PyPI Downloads PyPI Version Build Status Documentation Status


  • Django >= 1.8
  • dateutil library for flexible, fault-tolerant date parsing.

Features at a glance

  • DatatableView, a drop-in replacement for ListView that allows options to be specified for the datatable that will be rendered on the page.
  • MultipleDatatableView for configurating multiple Datatable specifications on a single view
  • ModelForm-like declarative table design.
  • Support for ValuesQuerySet execution mode instead of object instances
  • Queryset caching between requests
  • Customizable table headers
  • Compound columns (columns representing more than one model field)
  • Columns backed by methods or callbacks instead of model fields
  • Easy related fields
  • Automatic search and sort support
  • Total control over cell contents (HTML, processing of raw values)
  • Search data fields that aren't present on the table
  • Support for DT_RowData
  • Customization hook for full JSON response object
  • Drop-in x-editable support, per-column
  • Customizable table templates
  • Easy Bootstrap integration
  • Allows all normal dataTables.js and x-editable Javascript options
  • Small library of common column markup processors
  • Full test suite

Documentation and Live Demos

Read the module documentation at

You can interact with live demos for the latest version at http://fixme. For version 0.8, we will continue to keep the live demo site alive at

You can also run the live demos locally from the included example project, using a few setup steps.

$ git clone
$ cd django-datatable-view
$ mkvirtualenv datatableview
(datatableview)$ pip install -r requirements.txt
(datatableview)$ datatableview/tests/example_project/ syncdb
(datatableview)$ datatableview/tests/example_project/ loaddata initial_data_modern
(datatableview)$ datatableview/tests/example_project/ runserver

The example project is configured to use a local sqlite3 database, and relies only on the django-datatable-view app itself. In fact, it disables the normal django.contrib apps (except for django.contrib.staticfiles, so that the dev server can serve the included statics) and disables all default middleware except for CommonMiddlware and CsrfViewMiddleware (the latter for supporting the x-editable demonstrations.)


  • Tim Valenta
  • Steven Klass

Copyright and license

Copyright (c) 2012-2015 Pivotal Energy Solutions. All rights reserved.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this work except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License in the LICENSE file, or at:

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.