Get the td element for a cell.

  • Author: Allan Jardine
  • Deprecated: This plug-in has been deprecated and replaced with other functionality. Please see the detailed description below for more information.

Get a td node from a row, taking into account column visibility. While getting a td node is easy when it is visible on the page by using normal DOM methods, jQuery or whatever, it becomes a lot more complicated when taking into account hidden rows and columns. This function can be used to overcome these difficulties.

DataTables 1.10+'s new API provides the cell() and cells() methods which are preferable for use over this method. As such this method is marked deprecated, but is available for use with legacy version of DataTables. Please use the new API if you are used DataTables 1.10 or newer.

Plug-in code

jQuery.fn.dataTableExt.oApi.fnGetTd  = function ( oSettings, mTr, iTd, bVisOnly )
    /* Take either a TR node or aoData index as the mTr property */
    var iRow = (typeof mTr == 'object') ?
        oSettings.oApi._fnNodeToDataIndex(oSettings, mTr) : mTr;

    if ( typeof bVisOnly == 'undefined' && !bVisOnly )
        /* Looking at both visible and hidden TD elements - convert to visible index, if not present
         * then it must be hidden. Return as appropriate
        var iCalcVis = oSettings.oApi._fnColumnIndexToVisible( oSettings, iTd );
        if ( iCalcVis !== null )
            return oSettings.aoData[ iRow ].nTr.getElementsByTagName('td')[ iCalcVis ];
            return oSettings.aoData[ iRow ]._anHidden[ iTd ];
        /* Only looking at visible TD elements, so just use getElements... */
        return oSettings.aoData[ iRow ].nTr.getElementsByTagName('td')[ iTd ];


This plug-in is available on the DataTables CDN:


Note that if you are using multiple plug-ins, it is beneficial in terms of performance to combine the plug-ins into a single file and host it on your own server, rather than making multiple requests to the DataTables CDN.

Version control

If you have any ideas for how this plug-in can be improved, or spot anything that is in error, it is available on GitHub and pull requests are very welcome!


$(document).ready(function() {
      var table = $('#example').dataTable();

      // Sort in the order that was origially in the HTML
      var nTd = table.fnGetTd( $('#example tbody tr:eq(1)')[0], 1 );
      console.log( nTd );
  } );