Bootstrap 5 Datatables

The Datatable is a component which mix tables with advanced options like searching, sorting and pagination.

Note: Read the API tab to find all available options and advanced customization

Video tutorial

Basic example - HTML markup

The Datatable component can render your data in three ways. In the first one, you simply create a HTML markup for your table nested within a div tag with a "datatable" class - you can customize your table later by adding data-mdb-attributes to the wrapper. Some of the more advanced options for columns, described in the Advanced Data Structure section can be also used by setting data-mdb-attributes directly to a th tag (f.e. <th data-mdb-sort="false">).

Datatable collects information from HTML markup to create a data structure - the <table> element will be replaced in the DOM with a different node after component initializes.

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Basic data structure

The second option is a very basic data structure, where columns are represented by an array of strings and so is each row. The table will match each string in a row to a corresponding index in a columns array. This data structure, as it's based on indexes, not key-value pairs, can be easily used for displaying data from the CSV format.

Advanced data structure

The last and most advanced data structure allows customizing each column (sort, width, fixed, field) and matches values from each row to a column in which the `field` equals to a given key value. This data format can be easily used to display JSON data.

You can also use a mixed version, where columns are an array of object and each row is an array of strings.

Selectable rows

When the selectable option is set to true, user can interact with your table by selecting rows - you can get the selected rows by listening to the selectRows.mdb.datatable event.


Setting maximum height/width will enable vertical/horizontal scrolling.

Fixed header

Use the fixedHeader option to ensure that a table's header is always visible while scrolling.

Fixed columns

Making a column sticky requires setting two options - width and fixed. A first option is a number of pixels, while the other one can be either a true ( in which case the column will stick on the left) or a string right.

Using fixed columns in a vertically scrollable table, requires setting an option fixedHeader to true as well.

When using a HTML markup instead of a data structure you can still use this feature by setting data-mdb-width and data-mdb-fixed attributes on your th tags.

Async data

Loading content asynchronously is an important part of working with data tables - with MDB Datatable you can easily display content after fetching it from API by using the update method. Additionally, setting a loading option to true will disable all interactions and display a simple loader while awaiting data.

Action buttons

With the Datatable it's possible to render custom content, such as action buttons and attach listeners to their events. Keep in mind, that the component rerenders content when various actions occur (f.e. sort, search) and event listeners need to be updated. To make it possible, the components emits a custom event render.mdb.datatable.

Cell formatting

Clickable rows

Click on the row to preview the message.

Selecting the row with checkbox doesn't trigger rowClick event.

Note: To prevent this action with other clickable elements within the row, call stopPropagation() method.

Note: This feature cannot be used simultaneously with edit option.

Datatables - API


Via data attributes

Using the Datatable component doesn't require any additional JavaScript code - simply add a div wrapper with a class "datatable" to your table and use data attributes to set all options.

        <div class="datatable" data-mdb-bordered="true">
                <th data-mdb-sort="false" data-mdb-fixed="true" data-mdb-width="100">Column 1</th>
                <th>Column 2</th>
                <td>Value 1</td>
                <td>Value 2</td>

Via JavaScript

If you prefer to render a table with JavaScript, initialize an instance with the mdb.Datatable constructor.

        const datatableInstance = new mdb.Datatable(document.getElementById('my-datatable'), {
        columns: [
            { label: 'Column 1', width: 100, fixed: true, sort: false },
            { label: 'Column 2'}
        rows: [
            ['Value 1', 'Value 2']
        }, {
            bordered: true

Via jQuery

Note: By default, MDB does not include jQuery and you have to add it to the project on your own.

        columns: [
            { label: 'Column 1', width: 100, fixed: true, sort: false },
            { label: 'Column 2'}
        rows: [
            ['Value 1', 'Value 2']
        }, {
            bordered: true

        // Calling .update() with the jQuery interface:

        $('#my-datatable').datatable('update', { rows: [...], columns: [...]}, { bordered: true, loading: false })



Name Type Default Description
bordered Boolean false Adds borders to a datatable
borderless Boolean false Removes all borders from a datatable
borderColor String Changes a border color to one of main colors
color String Adds a color class to a datatable (f.e 'bg-dark')
dark Boolean false Changes a font color to white
defaultValue String '-' This string will be used as a placeholder if a row doesn't have a defined value for a column
edit Boolean false Enables edit mode
entries Number 10 Number of visible entries (pagination)
entriesOptions Array [10, 25, 50, 200] Options available to choose from in a pagination select (rows per page)
fixedHeader Boolean false When it's set to true, the table's header will remain visible while scrolling
fullPagination Boolean false Displays additional buttons for the first and last pages
hover Boolean false Changes the background color of a hovered row
loading Boolean false Sets the loading mode - disables interactions and displays a loader
loaderClass String 'bg-primary' The class name for a loader (loading mode)
loadingMessage String 'Loading results...' A message displayed while loading data
maxWidth Number|String Sets a maximum width of a datatable - can be either a string ('10%') or a number of pixels.
maxHeight Number|String Sets a maximum height of a datatable - can be either a string ('10%') or a number of pixels.
selectable Boolean false Enables selecting rows with checkboxes
multi Boolean false Allows selecting multiple rows (selectable mode)
noFoundMessage String 'No matching results found' A message displayed when a table is empty
pagination Boolean true Shows/hides the pagination panel
sm Boolean false Decreases a row's paddings
striped Boolean false Slightly changes the background's color in every other row
rowsText String 'Rows per page': A text indicating a number of rows per page
clickableRows Boolean false Makes rows clickable
sortField String|Null null Sorts given field on init (works only when data is injected with JS)
sortOrder String 'asc' Defines an order in which initial sorting will sort. Use 'asc' for ascending order, and 'desc' for descending order (works only when data is injected with JS)

Options (column)

Name Type Default Description
label String '' A displayed header of a column
field String '' A field's name - will be used as a key for values in rows
fixed Boolean|String false When set to true, makes a column stick on the left while scrolling. Changing its value to right will do the same on the other side. For this option to work, you need to define width as well.
width Number A column's width in pixels
sort Boolean true Enables/disables sorting for this column
format(cell, value) Function Function runs for each cell, taking the DOM node & cell's value as its parameters


Name Description Example
update Updates and rerenders datatable datatableInstance.update(data: Object, options: Object)
search Filters rows so there are only those containing the searched phrase String, column: String|Array (optional))
dispose Removes the component's instance datatableInstance.dispose()
getInstance Static method which allows you to get the datatable instance associated to a DOM element. Datatable.getInstance(datatableEl)


Name Description
update.mdb.datatable This event fires in an editable mode when a user updates values. You can access the updated data inside a listener's handler with event.rows and event.columns fields.
selectRows.mdb.datatable This event fires when a user select rows with checkboxes. You can acquire more information about selected rows with the following properties of an emitted event: selectedRows: Array, selectedIndexes: Array, allSelected: Boolean
render.mdb.datatable Event emitted after the component renders/updates rows.
rowClick.mdb.datatable Event emitted after clicking on a row


MDB UI KIT also works with module bundlers. Use the following code to import this component:

        import { Datatable } from 'mdb-ui-kit';