Get the td elements for a row

  • 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 an array of td nodes from DataTables for a given row, including any column elements which are hidden.

DataTables 1.10 has the cells().nodes() method, built-in, to provide this functionality. 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.fnGetTds  = function ( oSettings, mTr )
    var anTds = [];
    var anVisibleTds = [];
    var iCorrector = 0;
    var nTd, iColumn, iColumns;

    /* Take either a TR node or aoData index as the mTr property */
    var iRow = (typeof mTr == 'object') ?
        oSettings.oApi._fnNodeToDataIndex(oSettings, mTr) : mTr;
    var nTr = oSettings.aoData[iRow].nTr;

    /* Get an array of the visible TD elements */
    for ( iColumn=0, iColumns=nTr.childNodes.length ; iColumn<iColumns ; iColumn++ )
        nTd = nTr.childNodes[iColumn];
        if ( nTd.nodeName.toUpperCase() == "TD" )
            anVisibleTds.push( nTd );

    /* Construct and array of the combined elements */
    for ( iColumn=0, iColumns=oSettings.aoColumns.length ; iColumn<iColumns ; iColumn++ )
        if ( oSettings.aoColumns[iColumn].bVisible )
            anTds.push( anVisibleTds[iColumn-iCorrector] );
            anTds.push( oSettings.aoData[iRow]._anHidden[iColumn] );

    return anTds;


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 oTable = $('#example').dataTable();

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