a p chill jQuery table plugin, made by people who literally did not invent tables

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import timbles from 'https://cdn.skypack.dev/timbles';



timbles is a very lightweight jQuery plugin (lol is that an oxymoron) that allows you to add sorting and pagination to an existing <table>. That's it. Actually, it can also create the table for you with some JSON data and minimal configuration. It's p easy. I think it would make for a great base for table functionality you'd want to build into your apps.


You need to enqueue jQuery (duh) and the timbles.js file.

<script src="jquery.js"></script>
<script src="timbles.js"></script>

Configure timbles

Existing Table of data

Let's say you have a table on your page already, all populated with data:

Name Size Kind Date Added Notes
dhtmlconf.png 77 KB PNG Image August 31, 2014, 11:16 PM dhtmlconf logo
icla.pdf 26 KB Adobe PDF document August 27, 2014, 12:51 PM Individual Contributor License Agreement
Slime Girls - Vacation Wasteland EP.zip 72.9 MB ZIP archive August 25, 2014, 9:40 PM cool chiptunes from lwlvl

And here is the source code:

<table border="1">
      <th id="name">Name</th>
      <th id="size">Size</th>
      <th id="kind">Kind</th>
      <th id="date-added">Date Added</th>
      <th id="notes" class="no-sort">Notes</th>
    <td>77 KB</td>
    <td>PNG Image</td>
    <td>August 31, 2014, 11:16 PM</td>
    <td>dhtmlconf logo</td>
    <td>26 KB</td>
    <td>Adobe PDF document</td>
    <td>August 27, 2014, 12:51 PM</td>
    <td>Individual Contributor License Agreement</td>
    <td>Slime Girls - Vacation Wasteland EP.zip</td>
    <td>72.9 MB</td>
    <td>ZIP archive</td>
    <td>August 25, 2014, 9:40 PM</td>
    <td>cool chiptunes from lwlvl</td>

You don't need to generate a new table with JSON because your table is there already. And you just want to be able to make it sortable. Then just call this after you enqueued timbles.js as per the above install directions:

// get your table
var $table = $('table');

// call timbles
$table.timbles({ sorting: true });

In order for sorting to work, the parent <tr> of the header rows needs to be within a <thead> tag. The <th> cells should to have an id attribute, like in the example above, but if they are left out then Timbles will assign some ugly id attribute values for you.

If you want to initially sort your table on load, there are sorting properties you can set:

// get your table
var $table = $('table');

// call timbles with sorting property
  sorting: {
    order: 'asc', // 'asc' for ascending sort, 'desc' for descending
    keyId: 'name', // the id of the column you want to initially sort by

If you don't want all of the columns to be sortable, add the class no-sort to the element of the column you do not want to be sortable.

Generating a table from a JSON file or an array of row objects

If your data is in a JSON file or array, add a <table> element to your page and then call timbles on it.

<table id="example"></table>
// get your table
var $table = $('#example');

// call timbles with dataConfig property

  dataConfig: {

      * There are two types of data that timbles currently accepts:
      * - a json filename
      * - an array of row objects

    data: 'data.json', // path to load json file from, or an array of row objects
    columns: [

      * you have to set the column headers with the following required properties:
      * - label (string), the text between <th> and </th>
      * - id (string), the json object property attributed to the column
      * and here are some optional properties:
      * - noSorting (boolean), if set to true the column won't be sortable
      *   if you have the non-column property sorting set to true
      * - textTransform (function), this function will be applied to the cell text
      *   content. useful for when you want to add currency symbols, html, etc
      *   (the old name for this function is `dataFilter`, we still support that one)
      * - valueTransform (function), this function will be applied to the data-value
      *   attribute, which is used for sorting. Useful if you want a column to
      *   sort case insensitively.

      { label: 'Name', id: 'name', valueTransform: function(value) { return value.toLowerCase(); } },
      { label: 'Size', id: 'size' },
      { label: 'Kind', id: 'kind' },
      { label: 'Date Added', id: 'dateAdded' },
      { label: 'Notes', id: 'notes', noSorting: true }
      { label: 'Price', id: 'price', textTransform: function(value) { return '

 + value; } }
  sorting: true, // if you want columns to be sortable


Here is an example of an array of row objects:

var localData = [
    name: "dhtmlconf.png",
    size: "77 KB",
    kind: "PNG Image",
    dateAdded: "August 31, 2014, 11:16 PM",
    notes: "dhtmlconf logo"
    name: "icla.pdf",
    size: "26 KB",
    kind: "Adobe PDF document",
    dateAdded: "August 27, 2014, 12:51 PM",
    notes: "Individual Contributor License Agreement"
    name: "Slime Girls - Vacation Wasteland EP.zip",
    size: "72.9 MB",
    kind: "ZIP archive",
    dateAdded: "August 25, 2014, 9:40 PM",
    notes: "cool chiptunes from lwlvl"
    name: ".DS_Store",
    size: "25 KB",
    kind: "Virus",
    dateAdded: "February 7, 2014, 10:59 PM",
    notes: "lol"
    name: "No_Diggity.mid",
    size: "17 KB",
    kind: "MIDI file",
    dateAdded: "July 3, 2014, 11:34 PM",
    notes: "very important karaoke file"
    name: "jorts.svg",
    size: "52 KB",
    kind: "Plain Text File",
    dateAdded: "May 24, 2014, 1:55 PM",
    notes: "logo for jort.technology"
    name: "wordpress.sql",
    size: "418 KB",
    kind: "Plain Text File",
    dateAdded: "May 11, 2014, 11:15 PM",
    notes: "blog dump"
    name: "foundation-compass-template-master.zip",
    size: "6 KB",
    kind: "ZIP archive",
    dateAdded: "April 21, 2014, 6:59 PM",
    notes: "c.s.s. is better that javascript"


If you want to have your table split into pages, COOL YOU CAN DO THAT. Just add the pagination property to your timbles call, just like you do for data and/or sorting.

// get your table
var $table = $('table');

// call timbles with sorting property
  pagination: {
    recordsPerPage: 5, // an integer value for how many records per page, for example 5

    // for navigation tools, each nav object is appended to a "pagination" div container below the table in the order they are listed
    nav: {
      arrows: true, // the default first/prev/next/last arrow buttons for navigating
      rowCountChoice: [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10] // shows a button for each row count choice that repaginates the table

It will add a very simple first/prev/next/last pagination navigation on the bottom of the table. In the very near future I'll have more options for this.


When you sort ascending, the sort-asc class is added to the <th> header. If you sort descending, the sort-desc class is added to the <th> header. So you can, like, use CSS to add arrows whenever those classes are set and that's p cool I think.


  • 1.1.6 fixes bug with nested columns header clicks
  • 1.1.5 add initial inverse sort support
  • 1.1.4 prepare to plug in (a refactor for future features)
  • 1.1.3 pagination refactor, testing refactor, so much faster!
  • 1.1.2 critical json sorting bug, major test refactoring
  • 1.1.1 critical array data bug fix
  • 1.1.0 another sorting refactor to speed things up even more
  • 1.0.9 column sorting refactor that makes it so much faster, thanks @edelooff
  • 1.0.8 adds page number tracker to pagination tools
  • 1.0.7 bug fix
  • 1.0.6 adds pagination tools
  • 1.0.5 bug fix
  • 1.0.4 bug fix
  • 1.0.3 adds data-filter property to columns, sort by data-value if exists
  • 1.0.2 bug fix
  • 1.0.1 bug fix
  • 1.0.0 a baby is born