Time span

Sort abbreviated time span correctly (2d 3h, 2h 8m, 3m 8s, 30s, etc)

When dealing with time elapsed, it is common to append a post fix such as d(day), h(hour), m(minute) or s(second) to a string in order to easily denote the brief duration of the time span from now. This plug-in allows sorting to take these indicates of size into account.

A counterpart type detection plug-in is also available.


This plug-in can be obtained and used in multiple different ways.


This plug-in is available on the DataTables CDN:


The plug-in will then automatically register itself against a global DataTables instance. This file can also be used if you are using an AMD loader such as Require.js.

Note that if you are using multiple plug-ins, it can be 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.


The plug-ins are all available on NPM (which can also be used with Yarn or any other Javascript package manager) as part of the datatables.net-plugins package. To use this plug-in, first install the plug-ins package:

npm install datatables.net-plugins

ES modules

Then, if you are using ES modules, import datatables.net, any other DataTables extensions you need, and the plug-in:

import DataTable from 'datatables.net';
import 'datatables.net-plugins/sorting/time-elapsed-dhms.mjs';


If you are using a CommonJS loader for Node (e.g. with older versions of Webpack, or non-module Node code) use the following method to require the plug-in:

var $ = require('jquery');
var DataTable = require('datatables.net');


$('#example').DataTable( {
     columnDefs: [
       { type: 'time-elapsed-dhms', targets: 0 }
  } );

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!