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The simple, easy-to-implement plugin to export HTML tables to xlsx, xls, csv, and txt files.

Notice: As of May 2017, v3.3 has be superceded by v4.

Deprecation notice:

Below are the docs for v3.3.13.

Check out v5 for the latest release.

Live Demo

A live, interactive demo can be found on the TableExport webpage.

Getting Started

Download and Setup

To use this plugin, include the jQuery library, FileSaver.js script, and TableExport.js plugin before the closing <body> tag of your HTML document:

<script src="jquery.js"></script>
<script src="FileSaver.js"></script>
<script src="tableexport.js"></script>

Install with Bower

$ bower install tableexport.js

Install with npm

$ npm install tableexport



* jQuery dependency requirement is removed as of v4

Optional / Theming:


In order to provide Office Open XML SpreadsheetML Format ( .xlsx ) support, you must include the following third-party script to your project before FileSaver.js and TableExport.js.

<script src="xlsx.core.js"></script>
<script src="FileSaver.js"></script>
<script src="tableexport.js"></script>

Older Browsers:

To support older browsers ( Chrome < 20, Firefox < 13, Opera < 12.10, IE < 10, Safari < 6 ) include the Blob.js polyfill before the FileSaver.js script.

Until Safari provides native support for either the HTML5 download attribute or service workers, limited xlx and xlsx support is provided by including the Blob.js polyfill, albeit the filename will always be labeled Unknown.

<script src="xlsx.core.js"></script>
<script src="Blob.js"></script>
<script src="FileSaver.js"></script>
<script src="tableexport.js"></script>



By default, TableExport.js utilizes the Bootstrap CSS framework to deliver enhanced table and button styling. For non-Bootstrap projects, initialize with the bootstrap property set to false.

  bootstrap: false

When used along with Bootstrap, there are four custom classes .xlsx, .xls, .csv, .txt providing button styling for each of the exportable filetypes.


To use the export plugin, just call:


Additional properties can be passed in to customize the look and feel of your tables, buttons, and exported data.

Notice that by default, TableExport will create export buttons for three different filetypes xls, csv, txt. You can choose which buttons to generate by setting the formats property to the filetypes of your choice.

/* Defaults */
  headings: true, // (Boolean), display table headings (th/td elements) in the <thead>
  footers: true, // (Boolean), display table footers (th/td elements) in the <tfoot>
  formats: ["xls", "csv", "txt"], // (String[]), filetype(s) for the export
  fileName: "id", // (id, String), filename for the downloaded file
  bootstrap: true, // (Boolean), style buttons using bootstrap
  position: "bottom", // (top, bottom), position of the caption element relative to table
  ignoreRows: null, // (Number, Number[]), row indices to exclude from the exported file(s)
  ignoreCols: null, // (Number, Number[]), column indices to exclude from the exported file(s)
  ignoreCSS: ".tableexport-ignore", // (selector, selector[]), selector(s) to exclude cells from the exported file(s)
  emptyCSS: ".tableexport-empty", // (selector, selector[]), selector(s) to replace cells with an empty string in the exported file(s)
  trimWhitespace: false // (Boolean), remove all leading/trailing newlines, spaces, and tabs from cell text in the exported file(s)

Note: to use the xlsx filetype, you must include the third-party scripts listed in the Dependencies section.

TableExport supports additional methods (update, reset and remove) to control it after creation.

/* Run plugin and save it to a variable */
var tables = $("table").tableExport();
/* update */
  fileName: "newFile" // pass in a new set of properties

/* reset */
tables.reset(); // useful for a dynamically altered table

/* remove */
tables.remove(); // removes caption and buttons


A table of available properties and their usage can be found here


A table of available methods and their usage can be found here


Each button is assigned a default class and default content based on its respective filetype and corresponding css styles.

/* default class, content, and separator for each export type */

/* Excel Open XML spreadsheet (.xlsx) */
$.fn.tableExport.xlsx = {
  defaultClass: "xlsx",
  buttonContent: "Export to xlsx",
  mimeType: "application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet",
  fileExtension: ".xlsx"

/* Excel Binary spreadsheet (.xls) */
$.fn.tableExport.xls = {
  defaultClass: "xls",
  buttonContent: "Export to xls",
  separator: "\t",
  mimeType: "application/vnd.ms-excel",
  fileExtension: ".xls"

/* Comma Separated Values (.csv) */
$.fn.tableExport.csv = {
  defaultClass: "csv",
  buttonContent: "Export to csv",
  separator: ",",
  mimeType: "application/csv",
  fileExtension: ".csv"

/* Plain Text (.txt) */
$.fn.tableExport.txt = {
  defaultClass: "txt",
  buttonContent: "Export to txt",
  separator: "  ",
  mimeType: "text/plain",
  fileExtension: ".txt"

Below are additional defaults to support the functionality of the plugin that.

/* default charset encoding (UTF-8) */
$.fn.tableExport.charset = "charset=utf-8";

/* default filename if "id" attribute is set and undefined */
$.fn.tableExport.defaultFileName = "myDownload";

/* default class to style buttons when not using bootstrap  */
$.fn.tableExport.defaultButton = "button-default";

/* bootstrap classes used to style and position the export buttons */
$.fn.tableExport.bootstrap = ["btn", "btn-default", "btn-toolbar"];

/* row delimeter used in all filetypes */
$.fn.tableExport.rowDel = "\r\n";

Browser Support

*only partial support for xls and xlsx: requires third-party dependency (Blob.js)

Live Demo

A live, interactive demo can be found on the TableExport webpage.


Customizing Properties

Customizing Settings




TableExport.js is licensed under the terms of the Apache-2.0 License

:star: Credits

Special thanks the the following contributors:

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