jquery-datatables Gem Version

Jquery datatables assets pipeline :: sprockets

Include jQuery DataTables in your asset pipeline with ease using jquery-datatables gem.

Gem Installation


Rails 6.0+ Since Webpacker the default JavaScript compiler for Rails 6. you can install via yarn.

see this official pages for details.

However, if your app still using javascript with sprockets, this gem is still good to go.

Rails 5.1+ The Rails JavaScript helpers has been rewritten in a new gem called rails-ujs and they use vanilla JavaScript, so jQuery is not a dependency of Rails anymore. Since Jquery datatables relies on it, install it with bin/yarn add jquery or via gem 'jquery-rails' and add //= require jquery to application.js.

NOTE: Ensure that the sass-rails gem is presented in your Gemfile.

Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'jquery-datatables'

And then execute:

$ bundle install

Install generator


rails g jquery:datatables:install 

or if you using css framework

rails g jquery:datatables:install bootstrap4

this generator will:

  • 1. append //= require datatables add app/assets/javascripts/application.js
  • 2. append *= require datatables add app/assets/stylesheets/application.css
  • 3. create datatable.js in app/assets/javascripts/ with default init script.
  • 4. create datatable.scss in app/assets/stylesheets/
  • 5. create scaffold index template in lib/template

available styling

  • bootstrap
  • bootstrap4
  • foundation
  • jqueryui
  • sematicui
  • material (Tech. preview)
  • uikit (Tech. preview)

Manual install


Include the JavaScript in your app/assets/javascripts/application.js:

//= require jquery
//= require datatables

create new file app/assets/javascripts/datatables.js

//Core component
//= require datatables/jquery.dataTables
//Bootstrap4 theme
//= require datatables/dataTables.bootstrap4

//Optional Datatables extensions
//= require datatables/extensions/Responsive/dataTables.responsive
//= require datatables/extensions/Responsive/responsive.bootstrap4
//= require datatables/extensions/Buttons/dataTables.buttons
//= require datatables/extensions/Buttons/buttons.html5
//= require datatables/extensions/Buttons/buttons.print
//= require datatables/extensions/Buttons/buttons.bootstrap4

*** you may refer other extensions in this directory: click me


Include the stylesheet in your app/assets/stylesheets/application.css:

*= require datatables

or if you using scss

Include the stylesheet in your app/assets/stylesheets/application.scss:

@import 'datatables';

Create new file app/assets/stylesheets/datatables.scss
** default theme

@import 'datatables/jquery.dataTables';
@import 'datatables/extensions/Responsive/responsive.dataTables';
@import 'datatables/extensions/Buttons/buttons.dataTables';

** if using boostrap4 theme

@import 'datatables/dataTables.bootstrap4';
@import 'datatables/extensions/Responsive/responsive.bootstrap4';
@import 'datatables/extensions/Buttons/buttons.bootstrap4';

*** you may refer other extensions in this directory: click me

Basic Initialization

Where needed in your JavaScripts, initialize your DataTables:

$(document).ready(function() {

And you will of course, need to have a html table (with a theader and tbody) with the id set to dttb. Here is an example:

    <table id="dttb" class="table table-hover">
          <th> Panel No</th>          
        <% @panels.each do |panel| %>
            <td><%= link_to panel.no, panel %></td>
        <% end %>

Server Side processing

Recommended use this gem

 gem 'ajax-datatables-rails'

see docs for details instruction


  1. Fork it
  2. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'My Changes')
  3. Push your changes (git push origin)
  4. Create a new Pull Request