Apply multiple column filters together

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

This plug-in adds to DataTables the ability to set multiple column filtering terms in a single call (particularly useful if using server-side processing). Used in combination with the column sName parameter, simply pass in an object with the key/value pair being the column you wish to search on, and the value you wish to search for.

DataTables 1.10's API provides a easy built-in way to apply multiple filters to the table without redrawing until required. For example, the example below with the DataTables 1.10 API could be written as:

var table = $('#example').DataTable();
 .column( 0 ).search( 'Gecko' )
 .column( 1 ).search( 'Cam' )

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.fnMultiFilter = function( oSettings, oData ) {
    for ( var key in oData )
        if ( oData.hasOwnProperty(key) )
            for ( var i=0, iLen=oSettings.aoColumns.length ; i<iLen ; i++ )
                if( oSettings.aoColumns[i].sName == key )
                    /* Add single column filter */
                    oSettings.aoPreSearchCols[ i ].sSearch = oData[key];
    this.oApi._fnReDraw( oSettings );


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( {
          "aoColumns": [
              { "sName": "engine" },
              { "sName": "browser" },
              { "sName": "platform" },
              { "sName": "version" },
              { "sName": "grade" }
      } );
      table.fnMultiFilter( { "engine": "Gecko", "browser": "Cam" } );
  } );