Convert a column visible index to a data index.

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

When DataTables removes columns from the display (bVisible or fnSetColumnVis) it removes these elements from the DOM, effecting the index value for the column positions. This function converts the visible column index into a data column index (i.e. all columns regardless of visibility).

DataTables 1.10+ has this ability built-in through the column.index() method. As such this method is marked deprecated, but is available for use with legacy version of DataTables.


This plug-in can be obtained and used in multiple different ways.


This plug-in is available on the DataTables CDN:


The plug-in will then automatically register itself against a global DataTables instance. This file can also be used if you are using an AMD loader such as Require.js.

Note that if you are using multiple plug-ins, it can be 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.


The plug-ins are all available on NPM (which can also be used with Yarn or any other Javascript package manager) as part of the datatables.net-plugins package. To use this plug-in, first install the plug-ins package:

npm install datatables.net-plugins

ES modules

Then, if you are using ES modules, import datatables.net, any other DataTables extensions you need, and the plug-in:

import DataTable from 'datatables.net';
import 'datatables.net-plugins/api/fnVisibleToColumnIndex.mjs';


If you are using a CommonJS loader for Node (e.g. with older versions of Webpack, or non-module Node code) use the following method to require the plug-in:

var $ = require('jquery');
var DataTable = require('datatables.net');


var table = $('#example').dataTable( {
    aoColumnDefs: [
      { bVisible: false, aTargets: [1] }
  } );

  // This will show 2
  alert( 'Visible Column 1 data index: '+table.fnVisibleToColumnIndex(1) );

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!