Best jQuery Plugins For Better Table Manipulation

Table is the most difficult object to be styled, due to its browser compatibility and markup. Most of the designers and developers will use div to replace table because it is much more easier to style div than table.


Flexigrid is a lightweight Web 2.0 Javascript Grid for jQuery. It has a lot of cool features such as theming, paging, toolbar, search, sortable, ajax loading data source, resizable columns, height and width.


Ingrid is yet another jQuery Datagrid plugin. It has features like column resizing, paging, sorting, row and column styling and more. The author’s website provide great documentation on how to get started with this plugin.



DataTables is very powerful jQuery plugin which offer a lot of features. For example, you can have on-the-fly filtering, ajax auto-loading of data, pagination, sorting columns, highlight sorted columns, extensive plug-in support, themeable by CSS or jQuery UI ThemeRoller and also a complete documentation.


uiTableFilter is a jQuery plugin for filtering table rows. The author shows a detailed example on how to implement the filter function for your table together with the plugin.

Scrollable HTML Table

Scrollable HTML Table plugin for jQuery able to convert a table into scrollable.


Tablesorter is a jQuery plugin for turning a standard HTML table with THEAD and TBODY tags into a sortable table without page refreshes. It supports multi-column sorting, cross-browser and easily extensible via its widget system.


HeatColor is a plugin that allows you to assign colors to elements, based on a value derived from that element.  The derived value is compared to a range of values, either determined automatically or passed in, and the element is assigned a “heat” color based on its derived value’s position within the range.


With JQTreeTable, you can have a treeview in your table. With this plugin, users still get the plain table even thought they disable Javascript.

jQuery ColumnManager plugin

columnManager is a jQuery plugin that able to toggle the visibility of table columns (collapsing and expanding them) and to save the state until the next visit. This is a very tiny and lightweight plugin which is only 3.6kb packed.

jQuery treeTable

jQuery treeTable is similar with JQTreeTable, which is able to display a tree in a table. This plugin keeps the HTML documents clean and will degrade nicely when Javascript is disabled in the browser.


CSV2Table will load a CSV file and creates a table with contents from the CSV files.

jQuery TableRowCheckboxToggle

This plugin can add toggle checkbox to any rows that can be specified through the CSS class names.

Table Drag and Drop jQuery plugin

This simple plugin allows user to reorder rows within a table usingd rag and drop. Individual rows can be marked as non-draggable and/or non-droppable.


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