Select menu data source

Sort based on the value of the select options in a column

Read information from a column of select (drop down) menus and return an array to use as a basis for sorting.

Plug-in code

$.fn.dataTable.ext.order['dom-select'] = function  ( settings, col )
    return this.api().column( col, {order:'index'} ).nodes().map( function ( td, i ) {
        return $('select', td).val();
    } );


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!