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This site contains the legacy documentation for DataTables v1.9 and earlier for reference only.
DataTables 1.10 is the current release and is now available.
DataTables AJAX source example - reading an arbitrary data source property


By default DataTables will read the data to show in the table from the aaData property of the object returned from the server. By using the initialisation option sAjaxDataProp you can customise this to whatever you wish. This examples shows it being set to 'demo'. Note that this option will also work with server-side processing. Additionally, it is possible to set sAjaxDataProp to be an empty string, which results in DataTables treating the given data source as the table data array (rather than as property of an object).

Live example

Rendering engine Browser Platform(s) Engine version CSS grade
Rendering engine Browser Platform(s) Engine version CSS grade

Initialisation code

$(document).ready(function() {
	$('#example').dataTable( {
		"bProcessing": true,
		"sAjaxSource": "sources/custom_prop.txt",
		"sAjaxDataProp": "demo"
	} );
} );

Server response

The code below shows the latest JSON data that has been returned from the server in response to the Ajax request made by DataTables. This will update as further requests are made.


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