Accent neutralise

Replace accented characters with unaccented counterparts

  • Author: Allan Jardine

When searching a table with accented characters, it can be frustrating to have an input such as Zurich not match Zürich in the table (u !== ü). This type based search plug-in replaces the built-in string formatter in DataTables with a function that will replace the accented characters with their unaccented counterparts for fast and easy filtering.

Note that this plug-in uses the Javascript I18n API that was introduced in ES6. For older browser's this plug-in will have no effect.


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 package. To use this plug-in, first install the plug-ins package:

npm install

ES modules

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

import DataTable from '';
import '';


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('');


$(document).ready(function() {
  } );

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!