columns().visible()

Since: DataTables 1.10

Get / set the visibility of the selected columns.

Description

Showing and hiding columns in a DataTable can be quite handy, particularly when showing tables with a large information density. This method allows the visibility of columns to be changed on-the-fly, or the visibility state of the columns to be read.

Types

function columns().visible()

Description:

Get the visibility of the selected columns.

Returns:

API instance with the result set containing a boolean value for each column the selector matched. The boolean values indicate: true if the column is visible, false if it is not.

function column().visible( show [, redrawCalculations ] )

Description:

Set the visibility of the selected columns.

Parameters:
Returns:

DataTables API instance with selected columns in the result set.

Examples

Get the visiblity status of all of the columns in the table:

var table = $('#example').DataTable();

// Hide a column
table.column( 1 ).visible( false );

alert( 'Table\'s column visibility are set to: '+table.columns().visible().join(', ') );

Hide all columns with a class of '.detail':

var table = $('#example').DataTable();

table.columns( '.detail' ).visible( false );

Hide multiple columns using redrawCalculations to improve performance:

var table = $('#example').DataTable();

table.columns( [ 0, 1, 2, 3 ] ).visible( false, false );
table.columns.adjust().draw( false ); // adjust column sizing and redraw

Related

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