Any number

Sort column with mixed numerical content by number

  • Author: [david konrad](davidkonrad at gmail com)

Sorts columns by any number, ignoring text. This plugin is useful if you have mixed content in a column, but still want to sort by numbers. Any number means

  • integers, like 42
  • decimal numbers, like 42.42 / 42,42
  • signed numbers, like -42.42 / +42.42
  • scientific numbers, like 42.42e+10
  • illegal numbers, like 042, which is considered as 42,
  • currency numbers, like €42,00

Plain text is ignored; columns with no recognizable numerical content is pushed to the bottom of the table, both ascending and descending.

Plug-in code

_anyNumberSort = function(a, b, high) {
    var reg = /[+-]?((\d+(\.\d*)?)|\.\d+)([eE][+-]?[0-9]+)?/;        
    a = a.replace(',','.').match(reg);
    a = a !== null ? parseFloat(a[0]) : high;
    b = b.replace(',','.').match(reg);
    b = b !== null ? parseFloat(b[0]) : high;
    return ((a < b) ? -1 : ((a > b) ? 1 : 0));    
}

jQuery.extend( jQuery.fn.dataTableExt.oSort, {
    "any-number-asc": function (a, b) {
        return _anyNumberSort(a, b, Number.POSITIVE_INFINITY);
    },
    "any-number-desc": function (a, b) {
        return _anyNumberSort(a, b, Number.NEGATIVE_INFINITY) * -1;
    }
});

CDN

This plug-in is available on the DataTables CDN:

JS

Note that if you are using multiple plug-ins, it is beneficial in terms of performance to combine the plug-ins into a single file and host it on your own server, rather than making multiple requests to the DataTables CDN.

Version control

If you have any ideas for how this plug-in can be improved, or spot anything that is in error, it is available on GitHub and pull requests are very welcome!

Example

$('#example').dataTable( {
     columnDefs: [
       { type: 'any-number', targets : 0 }
     ]
  } );