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DataTables Plugin

Compatible with DokuWiki

  • 2017-02-19 "Frusterick Manners" unknown
  • 2016-06-26 "Elenor Of Tsort" yes
  • 2015-08-10 "Detritus" yes
  • 2014-09-29 "Hrun" yes

plugin Enhance tables with sorting, paging, filtering and more

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Syntax, Action
Conflicts with
indexmenu, tablelayout

Tagged with datatables, jquery, tables

This plugin implements the DataTables jQuery plugin.


Install the plugin using the Plugin Manager and the download URL above, which points to latest version of the plugin. Refer to Plugins on how to install plugins manually.


See the plugin in action here. The sample page shows all the styles available with the plugin.

A simple usage:

^ Column A ^ Column B ^ Column C ^
| Row A1   | Row B1   | Row C1   |
| Row A2   | Row B2   | Row C2   |
| Row A2   | Row B2   | Row C3   |

Some more complex samples

<datatables page-length="50"> [...] </datatables>
<datatables paging="false" ordering="false" info="false" searching="false"> [...] </datatables>


<datatables header-rows="true">
| Row A1   | Row B1   | Row C1   |
| Row A2   | Row B2   | Row C2   |
| Row A2   | Row B2   | Row C3   |

Complex Headers

^ Name ^^
^ First ^ Last ^
| My | Name |
| Your | Name |


Basic syntax:

<datatables> [...] </datatables>


See for complete options.

Option Description Allowed values Default value
auto-width Feature control DataTables' smart column width handling boolean true
dom Define the table control elements to appear on the page and in what order string lfrtip
info Feature control table information display field boolean true
length-change Feature control the end user's ability to change the paging display length of the table boolean true
order Initial order (sort) to apply to the table json [[0, "asc"]]
ordering Feature control ordering (sorting) abilities in DataTables boolean true
page-length Number of elements to display per page integer 10
paging Enable or disable table pagination boolean true
paging-type Pagination button display options simple – 'Previous' and 'Next' buttons only
simple_numbers – 'Previous' and 'Next' buttons, plus page numbers
full – 'First', 'Previous', 'Next' and 'Last' buttons
full_numbers – 'First', 'Previous', 'Next' and 'Last' buttons, plus page numbers
scroll-x Horizontal scrolling px, integer, boolean false
scroll-y Vertical scrolling px, integer, boolean false
searching Feature control search (filtering) abilities boolean true
state-save State saving - restore table state on page reload boolean false


  • The option names are actually used as HTML5 data attributes, so they must be formatted with hyphens-and-lower-case instead of CamelCase (see
  • Do not prepend option names with data-. The prefix will be added by the plugin.
  • Complex option values must be specified using valid JSON, wrapped with single quotes '. For example: order='[[0, "asc"]]' or search='{"search":"fred"}'.
  • Datatables won't work in complex tables, where cells are merged together (e.g. with “:::”)

Extra Options

The plugin also implements extra features beyond the options from DataTables jQuery library.

Option Description Allowed values Default value
header-rows Makes sure the table header contains at least the specified number of rows, so that it can be formatted by DataTables. It transfers the first rows of the table body into the table header if necessary. Particularly useful when formatting tables generated by other plugins, which may not have created a proper table header. integer 0 (no effect)


Attribute Example
Fixed Header fixed-header fixed-header="true" or fixed-header='{ "header": true, "headerOffset": 50 }'
Fixed Columns fixed-columns fixed-columns="true"
Responsive responsive responsive="true"
Buttons buttons buttons='[ "copy", "csv", "print" ]'

Configuration and Settings

Configuration Option Default Value Description
excludedPages (wiki|playground) Excluded pages (insert a regex)
enableForAllTables 0 Enable DataTables for all “well formatted” tables
enableLocalization 0 Enable DataTables localization


The demo and examples is available on


Build Status

Change Log

Bugs / Feature Requests

Please report bugs or feature requests at the Bug tracker.

ToDo/Wish List


  • I would like sorting a column by date. dd/mm/yyyy doesn't work. The way I have found is mm.dd which is not obvious (for french people) and Year doesn't match in this format. I follow this thread about but don't know if the feature is already implemented in Datatables. Thanks. — DigitalinDigitalin

    2016-02-08 13:16
    • Information is sorted as text by default in Datatables. According to this post and documentation, the best format is yyyy/mm/dd and works well. In case, to get at once a new format with bash : sed -E 's,([0-9]{2})/([0-9]{2})/([0-9]{4}),\3\/\2\/\1,g' page.txt > page2.txt (to adapt to your situation) — DigitalinDigitalin

      2016-10-07 14:07


This plugin looks like the answer to my dreams!:-)

Can it use any of the jQuery DataTables data sources? I.e. can I get data into the table from 'outside' rather than having to fill the data in the DokuWiki source page? In particular I would like to use the ajax server side processing to run some PHP to read a database to provide the data.

Also, are the table editing functions of DataTables available?

plugin/datatables.txt · Last modified: 2017-02-08 09:10 by Juergen_aus_Zuendorf