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tablesorter is a jQuery plugin for turning a standard HTML table with THEAD and TBODY tags into a sortable table without page refreshes. tablesorter can successfully parse and sort many types of data including linked data in a cell.

See the full documentation



  • Multi-column sorting.
  • Parsers for sorting text, alphanumeric text, URIs, integers, currency, floats, IP addresses, dates (ISO, long and short formats) & time. Add your own easily
  • Support for ROWSPAN and COLSPAN on TH elements.
  • Support secondary "hidden" sorting (e.g., maintain alphabetical sort when sorting on other criteria).
  • Extensibility via widget system.
  • Cross-browser: IE 6.0+, FF 2+, Safari 2.0+, Opera 9.0+.
  • Small code size.
  • Works with jQuery 1.2.3+


Included all original document pages with updates from my blog post on undocumented options.


Change Log

View the complete listing here.

Version (2012-2-16)

  • Modified the plugin pager to ignore child rows. Fix for issue #27.

Version 2.0.28 (2012-2-1)

  • Added a new function to widgets called "init" which is called upon initialization, before any of the widgets are applied.

    • I added it to allow the "saveSort" widget to get the saved sort data (localStorage or cookie) before the initial sort was applied.
    • The "saveSort" widget is still compatible with the original tablesorter, but the original version will call all of the widgets twice on initialization, if using the "saveSort" widget.
    • New add widget format is as follows:

          id: 'myWidget',
          init: function(table, allWidgets, thisWidget){
            // widget initialization code - this is only run ONCE
            // but in this example I call the format function because
            // I want to keep it backwards compatible with the original tablesorter
            thisWidget.format(table, true);
          format: function(table, initFlag) {
            // widget code to apply to the table AFTER EACH SORT
            // the initFlag is true when format is called for the first time, but
            // only if it is called from the init function

Version 2.0.27 (2012-1-31)

  • Added sortReset option
    • Setting this option to true, allows you to click on the header a third time to clear the sort
    • Clearing the sort DOES NOT return the table to it's initial unsorted state.
  • Added saveSort widget
    • This widget will save the last sort to local storage, and will fallback to cookies.
    • The widget does use the JSON.stringify function which is not fully supported (IE7), so if you plan to support it and use this widget, please include this JSON library.
  • Fixed pager page size not sticking. Fix for issue #24.

Version 2.0.26 (2012-1-30)

  • Widgets should no longer be applied twice when an initial sort direction is added. Fix for issue #21.
  • Modified Green theme:
    • The Green theme sort direction icon is now applied to only the first span it encounters inside the header. The UI theme adds a second span for it's icon.
    • Essentially to fix this demo which allows switching between all of the themes.
  • Modified the UI theme to now add a div that wraps all of the header cell content to allow positioning of the sort direction icon.

Version (2012-1-27)

  • Changed Blue theme to vertically align arrows. Fix for issue #12.
  • Fixed sticky header widget so varing width columns now update when the pager plugin changes pages. Thanks to locationRoura for reporting this issue.

Version (2011-12-15)

  • Fixed disabled column style for the ui theme widget. Thanks to bbbco for the fix in issue #17.

Version 2.0.25 (2011-12-14)

  • The ui theme and sticky header widgets now work together and update the arrow direction. Fix for issue #15.
  • Empty cells with only a tab or space will now sort at the bottom. Thanks to pursual for the fix for issue #16.
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