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TableTools is a plug-in for the DataTables HTML table enhancer, which adds a highly customisable button toolbar to a DataTable. Key features include:

  • Copy to clipboard
  • Save table data as CSV, XLS or PDF files
  • Print view for clean printing
  • Row selection options
  • Easy use predefined buttons
  • Simple customisation of buttons
  • Well defined API for advanced control


To use TableTools, first download DataTables ( ) and place the unzipped TableTools package into a extensions directory in the DataTables package (in DataTables 1.9- use the extras directory). This will allow the pages in the examples to operate correctly. To see the examples running, open the examples directory in your web-browser.

Basic usage

TableTools is initialised using the T option that it adds to DataTables’ dom option. For example:

$(document).ready( function () {
	$('#example').DataTable( {
		dom: 'T<"clear">lfrtip'
	} );
} );

Documentation / support

  • Documentation:
  • DataTables support forums:


If you fancy getting involved with the development of TableTools and help make it better, please refer to its GitHub repo: