Show / hide the processing indicator via the API

Externally trigger the display of DataTables' "processing" indicator.

Please note that of DataTables 2.0.0 this functionality is now built into DataTables core and this plug-in is no longer required.

Plug-in code

jQuery.fn.dataTable.Api.register( 'processing()', function ( show ) {
    return this.iterator( 'table', function ( ctx ) {
        ctx.oApi._fnProcessingDisplay( ctx, show );
    } );
} );


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!


// Show a processing indicator for two seconds on initialisation
  var table = $('#example').DataTable( {
    processing: true
  } );

  table.processing( true );

  setTimeout( function () {
    table.processing( false );
  }, 2000 );