Text::Table::HTML::DataTables - Generate HTML table with jQuery and DataTables plugin


This document describes version 0.012 of Text::Table::HTML::DataTables (from Perl distribution Text-Table-HTML-DataTables), released on 2022-04-22.


 use Text::Table::HTML::DataTables;

 my $rows = [
     # header row
     ['Name', 'Rank', 'Serial'],
     # rows
     ['alice', 'pvt', '123<456>'],
     ['bob',   'cpl', '98765321'],
     ['carol', 'brig gen', '8745'],
 print Text::Table::HTML::DataTables::table(rows => $rows, header_row => 1);


This module is just like Text::Table::HTML, except the HTML code will also load jQuery ( and the DataTables plugin ( from the local filesystem (distribution shared directory), so you can filter and sort the table in the browser.

The datatables bundled in this distribution has the following characteristics:

  • Support negative search using dash prefix syntax ("-foo") a la Google

    To search for table rows that contain "foo", "bar" (in no particular order) and not "baz", you can enter in the search box:

     foo bar -baz

The example shown in the SYNOPSIS generates HTML code like the following:

 <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="file:///home/ujang/perl5/perlbrew/perls/perl-5.24.0/lib/site_perl/5.24.0/auto/share/dist/Text-Table-HTML-DataTables/datatables-1.10.13/css/jquery.dataTables.min.css">
 <script src="file:///home/ujang/perl5/perlbrew/perls/perl-5.24.0/lib/site_perl/5.24.0/auto/share/dist/Text-Table-HTML-DataTables/jquery-2.2.4/jquery-2.2.4.min.js"></script>
 <script src="file:///home/ujang/perl5/perlbrew/perls/perl-5.24.0/lib/site_perl/5.24.0/auto/share/dist/Text-Table-HTML-DataTables/datatables-1.10.13/js/jquery.dataTables.min.js"></script>
 <script>$(document).ready(function() { $("table").DataTable(); });</script>

 <tr><td>carol</td><td>brig gen</td><td>8745</td></tr>


table(%params) => str


The table function understands these parameters, which are passed as a hash:

  • rows (aoaos)

    Takes an array reference which should contain one or more rows of data, where each row is an array reference.

  • caption

    Optional. Str. If set, will output a HTML <title> element in the HTML head as well as table <caption> element in the HTML body containing the provided caption. The caption will be HTML-encoded.

  • default_length

    Integer, defaults to 1000. Set the default page size.

  • library_link_mode

    Str, defaults to local. Instructs how to link or embed the JavaScript libraries in the generated HTML page. Valid values include: local (the HTML will link to the local filesystem copy of the libraries, e.g. in the shared distribution directory), cdn (not yet implemented, the HTML will link to the CDN version of the libraries), embed (the HTML will embed the libraries directly).


String. Used to set the default for the library_link_mode option.


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Source repository is at



See also Bencher::Scenario::TextTableModules.


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To contribute, you can send patches by email/via RT, or send pull requests on GitHub.

Most of the time, you don't need to build the distribution yourself. You can simply modify the code, then test via:

 % prove -l

If you want to build the distribution (e.g. to try to install it locally on your system), you can install Dist::Zilla, Dist::Zilla::PluginBundle::Author::PERLANCAR, and sometimes one or two other Dist::Zilla plugin and/or Pod::Weaver::Plugin. Any additional steps required beyond that are considered a bug and can be reported to me.


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This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.


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