Sort data numerically when it has a leading currency symbol.

  • Author: Allan Jardine
  • Deprecated: This plug-in has been deprecated and replaced with other functionality. Please see the detailed description below for more information.

This plug-in will provide numeric sorting for currency columns (either detected automatically with the currency type detection plug-in or set manually) while taking account of the currency symbol ($ or £ by default).

DataTables 1.10+ has currency sorting abilities built-in and will be automatically detected. As such this plug-in is marked as deprecated, but might be useful when working with old versions of DataTables.

Plug-in code

jQuery.extend( jQuery.fn.dataTableExt.oSort, {
    "currency-pre": function ( a ) {
        a = (a==="-") ? 0 : a.replace( /[^\d\-\.]/g, "" );
        return parseFloat( a );

    "currency-asc": function ( a, b ) {
        return a - b;

    "currency-desc": function ( a, b ) {
        return b - a;
} );


This plug-in is available on the DataTables CDN:


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').dataTable( {
     columnDefs: [
       { type: 'currency', targets: 0 }
  } );