Since: SearchPanes 1.0.0

Enable Search Panes.
Please note - this property requires the SearchPanes extension for DataTables.


This option is an alias to searchPanes, which should be preferred when using DataTables 2+. It can be used to configure SearchPanes regardless of how the panes are inserted into the document (layout or searchPanes).

Please refer to the documentation for searchPanes for full details of this option.




By setting the searchPanes option to true, a series of Panes will be displayed to aid searching the associated DataTable.

This is a short-cut option to enable searchPanes with the default configuration options. Customisations can be made by giving this parameter as an object.



By setting the searchPanes option to an object, SearchPanes will be enabled for the relevant DataTable, with the SearchPanes defaults ($.fn.dataTable.SearchPanes.defaults) extended and overwritten by any conflicting options provided in the object as defined by the programmer.


  • Value: false

The default value for the searchPanes parameter is false. When this default value is in place no panes will be displayed and you will display a standard DataTable along with any other extensions that are in use.


Enable SearchPanes:

new DataTable('#myTable', {
	layout: {
		top1: 'searchPanes'
	searchPanes: {
		// config options...