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How to add individual column filtering in DataTable

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Recently I wrote several posts related to DataTable plugin. The latest one was “How to filter data in DataTable using Ajax in CodeIgniter“. This filter solution will fit to the big data. When the end user needs to view the data, they just filter only the data they needs to view.

In this post, we will fetch all data and render them on the page. We will add the individual column filtering in the DataTable.

In this example, we will add the sample data directly in the HTML file. Since we will focus on the individual column filtering.

HTML code

<!-- data -->
<div class="container">
    <div class="row">
        <div class="col-md-12">

            <!-- Render data in datatable plugin -->
            <table id="datatable" class="table table-striped table-bordered table-hover" style="width:100%">
                <thead>
                    <tr>
                        <th>Name</th>
                        <th>Position</th>
                        <th>Office</th>
                        <th>Age</th>
                        <th>Start date</th>
                        <th>Salary</th>
                    </tr>
                </thead>
                <tbody>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Tiger Nixon</td>
                        <td>System Architect</td>
                        <td>Edinburgh</td>
                        <td>61</td>
                        <td>2011/04/25</td>
                        <td>$320,800</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Garrett Winters</td>
                        <td>Accountant</td>
                        <td>Tokyo</td>
                        <td>63</td>
                        <td>2011/07/25</td>
                        <td>$170,750</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Ashton Cox</td>
                        <td>Junior Technical Author</td>
                        <td>San Francisco</td>
                        <td>66</td>
                        <td>2009/01/12</td>
                        <td>$86,000</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Cedric Kelly</td>
                        <td>Senior Javascript Developer</td>
                        <td>Edinburgh</td>
                        <td>22</td>
                        <td>2012/03/29</td>
                        <td>$433,060</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Airi Satou</td>
                        <td>Accountant</td>
                        <td>Tokyo</td>
                        <td>33</td>
                        <td>2008/11/28</td>
                        <td>$162,700</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Brielle Williamson</td>
                        <td>Integration Specialist</td>
                        <td>New York</td>
                        <td>61</td>
                        <td>2012/12/02</td>
                        <td>$372,000</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Herrod Chandler</td>
                        <td>Sales Assistant</td>
                        <td>San Francisco</td>
                        <td>59</td>
                        <td>2012/08/06</td>
                        <td>$137,500</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Rhona Davidson</td>
                        <td>Integration Specialist</td>
                        <td>Tokyo</td>
                        <td>55</td>
                        <td>2010/10/14</td>
                        <td>$327,900</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Colleen Hurst</td>
                        <td>Javascript Developer</td>
                        <td>San Francisco</td>
                        <td>39</td>
                        <td>2009/09/15</td>
                        <td>$205,500</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Sonya Frost</td>
                        <td>Software Engineer</td>
                        <td>Edinburgh</td>
                        <td>23</td>
                        <td>2008/12/13</td>
                        <td>$103,600</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Jena Gaines</td>
                        <td>Office Manager</td>
                        <td>London</td>
                        <td>30</td>
                        <td>2008/12/19</td>
                        <td>$90,560</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Quinn Flynn</td>
                        <td>Support Lead</td>
                        <td>Edinburgh</td>
                        <td>22</td>
                        <td>2013/03/03</td>
                        <td>$342,000</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Charde Marshall</td>
                        <td>Regional Director</td>
                        <td>San Francisco</td>
                        <td>36</td>
                        <td>2008/10/16</td>
                        <td>$470,600</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Haley Kennedy</td>
                        <td>Senior Marketing Designer</td>
                        <td>London</td>
                        <td>43</td>
                        <td>2012/12/18</td>
                        <td>$313,500</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Tatyana Fitzpatrick</td>
                        <td>Regional Director</td>
                        <td>London</td>
                        <td>19</td>
                        <td>2010/03/17</td>
                        <td>$385,750</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Michael Silva</td>
                        <td>Marketing Designer</td>
                        <td>London</td>
                        <td>66</td>
                        <td>2012/11/27</td>
                        <td>$198,500</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Paul Byrd</td>
                        <td>Chief Financial Officer (CFO)</td>
                        <td>New York</td>
                        <td>64</td>
                        <td>2010/06/09</td>
                        <td>$725,000</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Gloria Little</td>
                        <td>Systems Administrator</td>
                        <td>New York</td>
                        <td>59</td>
                        <td>2009/04/10</td>
                        <td>$237,500</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Bradley Greer</td>
                        <td>Software Engineer</td>
                        <td>London</td>
                        <td>41</td>
                        <td>2012/10/13</td>
                        <td>$132,000</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Dai Rios</td>
                        <td>Personnel Lead</td>
                        <td>Edinburgh</td>
                        <td>35</td>
                        <td>2012/09/26</td>
                        <td>$217,500</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Jenette Caldwell</td>
                        <td>Development Lead</td>
                        <td>New York</td>
                        <td>30</td>
                        <td>2011/09/03</td>
                        <td>$345,000</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Yuri Berry</td>
                        <td>Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)</td>
                        <td>New York</td>
                        <td>40</td>
                        <td>2009/06/25</td>
                        <td>$675,000</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Caesar Vance</td>
                        <td>Pre-Sales Support</td>
                        <td>New York</td>
                        <td>21</td>
                        <td>2011/12/12</td>
                        <td>$106,450</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Doris Wilder</td>
                        <td>Sales Assistant</td>
                        <td>Sydney</td>
                        <td>23</td>
                        <td>2010/09/20</td>
                        <td>$85,600</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Angelica Ramos</td>
                        <td>Chief Executive Officer (CEO)</td>
                        <td>London</td>
                        <td>47</td>
                        <td>2009/10/09</td>
                        <td>$1,200,000</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Gavin Joyce</td>
                        <td>Developer</td>
                        <td>Edinburgh</td>
                        <td>42</td>
                        <td>2010/12/22</td>
                        <td>$92,575</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Jennifer Chang</td>
                        <td>Regional Director</td>
                        <td>Singapore</td>
                        <td>28</td>
                        <td>2010/11/14</td>
                        <td>$357,650</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Brenden Wagner</td>
                        <td>Software Engineer</td>
                        <td>San Francisco</td>
                        <td>28</td>
                        <td>2011/06/07</td>
                        <td>$206,850</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Fiona Green</td>
                        <td>Chief Operating Officer (COO)</td>
                        <td>San Francisco</td>
                        <td>48</td>
                        <td>2010/03/11</td>
                        <td>$850,000</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Shou Itou</td>
                        <td>Regional Marketing</td>
                        <td>Tokyo</td>
                        <td>20</td>
                        <td>2011/08/14</td>
                        <td>$163,000</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Michelle House</td>
                        <td>Integration Specialist</td>
                        <td>Sydney</td>
                        <td>37</td>
                        <td>2011/06/02</td>
                        <td>$95,400</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Suki Burks</td>
                        <td>Developer</td>
                        <td>London</td>
                        <td>53</td>
                        <td>2009/10/22</td>
                        <td>$114,500</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Prescott Bartlett</td>
                        <td>Technical Author</td>
                        <td>London</td>
                        <td>27</td>
                        <td>2011/05/07</td>
                        <td>$145,000</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Gavin Cortez</td>
                        <td>Team Leader</td>
                        <td>San Francisco</td>
                        <td>22</td>
                        <td>2008/10/26</td>
                        <td>$235,500</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Martena Mccray</td>
                        <td>Post-Sales support</td>
                        <td>Edinburgh</td>
                        <td>46</td>
                        <td>2011/03/09</td>
                        <td>$324,050</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Unity Butler</td>
                        <td>Marketing Designer</td>
                        <td>San Francisco</td>
                        <td>47</td>
                        <td>2009/12/09</td>
                        <td>$85,675</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Howard Hatfield</td>
                        <td>Office Manager</td>
                        <td>San Francisco</td>
                        <td>51</td>
                        <td>2008/12/16</td>
                        <td>$164,500</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Hope Fuentes</td>
                        <td>Secretary</td>
                        <td>San Francisco</td>
                        <td>41</td>
                        <td>2010/02/12</td>
                        <td>$109,850</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Vivian Harrell</td>
                        <td>Financial Controller</td>
                        <td>San Francisco</td>
                        <td>62</td>
                        <td>2009/02/14</td>
                        <td>$452,500</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Timothy Mooney</td>
                        <td>Office Manager</td>
                        <td>London</td>
                        <td>37</td>
                        <td>2008/12/11</td>
                        <td>$136,200</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Jackson Bradshaw</td>
                        <td>Director</td>
                        <td>New York</td>
                        <td>65</td>
                        <td>2008/09/26</td>
                        <td>$645,750</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Olivia Liang</td>
                        <td>Support Engineer</td>
                        <td>Singapore</td>
                        <td>64</td>
                        <td>2011/02/03</td>
                        <td>$234,500</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Bruno Nash</td>
                        <td>Software Engineer</td>
                        <td>London</td>
                        <td>38</td>
                        <td>2011/05/03</td>
                        <td>$163,500</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Sakura Yamamoto</td>
                        <td>Support Engineer</td>
                        <td>Tokyo</td>
                        <td>37</td>
                        <td>2009/08/19</td>
                        <td>$139,575</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Thor Walton</td>
                        <td>Developer</td>
                        <td>New York</td>
                        <td>61</td>
                        <td>2013/08/11</td>
                        <td>$98,540</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Finn Camacho</td>
                        <td>Support Engineer</td>
                        <td>San Francisco</td>
                        <td>47</td>
                        <td>2009/07/07</td>
                        <td>$87,500</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Serge Baldwin</td>
                        <td>Data Coordinator</td>
                        <td>Singapore</td>
                        <td>64</td>
                        <td>2012/04/09</td>
                        <td>$138,575</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Zenaida Frank</td>
                        <td>Software Engineer</td>
                        <td>New York</td>
                        <td>63</td>
                        <td>2010/01/04</td>
                        <td>$125,250</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Zorita Serrano</td>
                        <td>Software Engineer</td>
                        <td>San Francisco</td>
                        <td>56</td>
                        <td>2012/06/01</td>
                        <td>$115,000</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Jennifer Acosta</td>
                        <td>Junior Javascript Developer</td>
                        <td>Edinburgh</td>
                        <td>43</td>
                        <td>2013/02/01</td>
                        <td>$75,650</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Cara Stevens</td>
                        <td>Sales Assistant</td>
                        <td>New York</td>
                        <td>46</td>
                        <td>2011/12/06</td>
                        <td>$145,600</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Hermione Butler</td>
                        <td>Regional Director</td>
                        <td>London</td>
                        <td>47</td>
                        <td>2011/03/21</td>
                        <td>$356,250</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Lael Greer</td>
                        <td>Systems Administrator</td>
                        <td>London</td>
                        <td>21</td>
                        <td>2009/02/27</td>
                        <td>$103,500</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Jonas Alexander</td>
                        <td>Developer</td>
                        <td>San Francisco</td>
                        <td>30</td>
                        <td>2010/07/14</td>
                        <td>$86,500</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Shad Decker</td>
                        <td>Regional Director</td>
                        <td>Edinburgh</td>
                        <td>51</td>
                        <td>2008/11/13</td>
                        <td>$183,000</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Michael Bruce</td>
                        <td>Javascript Developer</td>
                        <td>Singapore</td>
                        <td>29</td>
                        <td>2011/06/27</td>
                        <td>$183,000</td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>Donna Snider</td>
                        <td>Customer Support</td>
                        <td>New York</td>
                        <td>27</td>
                        <td>2011/01/25</td>
                        <td>$112,000</td>
                    </tr>
                </tbody>
                <tfoot>
                    <tr>
                        <th>Name</th>
                        <th>Position</th>
                        <th>Office</th>
                        <th>Age</th>
                        <th>Start date</th>
                        <th>Salary</th>
                    </tr>
                </tfoot>
            </table>
        </div>
    </div>
</div>

JavaScript code

Next, we will add the Javascript code and include the script files we need at the footer.

<script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-3.5.1.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="https://cdn.datatables.net/1.10.21/js/jquery.dataTables.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script>
    $(document).ready(function() {
        /**
         * For DataTable plugin page
         */
        if ($('#datatable').length !== 0) {

            // # add a text input to each header cell
            $('#datatable thead tr').clone(true).appendTo('#datatable thead');
            $('#datatable thead tr:eq(1) th').each(function(i) {
                var title = $(this).text();
                $(this).html('<input type="text" placeholder="Search ' + title + '" />');

                $('input', this).on('keyup change', function() {
                    if (table.column(i).search() !== this.value) {
                        table
                            .column(i)
                            .search(this.value)
                            .draw();
                    }
                });
            });

            // # add a text input to each footer cell
            $('#datatable tfoot tr').clone(true).appendTo('#datatable tfoot');
            $('#datatable tfoot tr:eq(1) th').each(function(i) {
                var title = $(this).text();
                $(this).html('<input type="text" placeholder="Search ' + title + '" />');

                $('input', this).on('keyup change', function() {
                    if (table.column(i).search() !== this.value) {
                        table
                            .column(i)
                            .search(this.value)
                            .draw();
                    }
                });
            });

            // # initiate datatable
            var table = $('#datatable').DataTable();
        }
    }); // document ready ends
</script>

In order to use the DataTable plugin, you need to include the jquery core file which is dependency of DataTable plugin. Then you include the DataTable plugin next.

In the JS code above, you will see we clone the first row from the thead tag and add the input text for each cell. Also, we clone the first row from the tfoot tag and again add the input text for each cell.

Next, we initiate the DataTable plugin to your table which is the datatable id.

Below is the result you will see.

individual column filtering

With the DataTable plugin, you can add more options that are available for the plugin from this link.

And that’s it for today.