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Interactive Tables in Jupyter

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Pandas DataFrames and Series as Interactive Tables in Jupyter

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Turn pandas DataFrames and Series into interactive datatables in both your notebooks and their HTML representation with import itables.interactive:

import itables.interactive
import world_bank_data as wb

df = wb.get_countries()

You don't see any table above? Please either open the HTML export of this notebook, or run this README on Binder!

Quick start

Install the package with

pip install itables

Activate the interactive mode for all series and dataframes with

import itables.interactive

Display just one series or dataframe as an interactive table with the show function.

from itables import show

x = wb.get_series("SP.POP.TOTL", mrv=1, simplify_index=True)

Advanced usage


How many rows per page

Select how many entries should appear at once in the table with either the lengthMenu argument of the show function, or with the global option itables.options.lengthMenu:

import itables.options as opt

opt.lengthMenu = [2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500]

Show the table in full

Show the table in full with the paging argument, either in the show method, or in the options:

show(df.head(), paging=False)


If you prefer to replace the pagination with a vertical scroll, use for instance

show(df, scrollY="200px", scrollCollapse=True, paging=False)

Table and cell style

Select how your table should look like with the classes argument of the show function, or by changing itables.options.classes. For the list of possible values, see datatables' default style and the style examples.

opt.classes = ["display", "nowrap"]
opt.classes = ["display", "cell-border"]

Float precision

Floats are rounded using pd.options.display.float_format. Please change that format according to your preference.

import math
import pandas as pd

with pd.option_context("display.float_format", "{:,.2f}".format):
    show(pd.Series([i * math.pi for i in range(1, 6)]))

You may also choose to convert floating numbers to strings:

with pd.option_context("display.float_format", "${:,.2f}".format):
    show(pd.Series([i * math.pi for i in range(1, 6)]))

Advanced cell formatting

Datatables allows to set the cell or row style depending on the cell content, with either the createdRow or createdCell callback. For instance, if we want the cells with negative numbers to be colored in red, we can use the columnDefs.createdCell argument as follows:

    pd.DataFrame([[-1, 2, -3, 4, -5], [6, -7, 8, -9, 10]], columns=list("abcde")),
            "targets": "_all",
            "createdCell": """function (td, cellData, rowData, row, col) {
      if ( cellData < 0 ) {
        $(td).css('color', 'red')

Column width

For tables that are larger than the notebook, the columnDefs argument allows to specify the desired width. If you wish you can also change the default in itables.options.

show(x.to_frame().T, columnDefs=[{"width": "120px", "targets": "_all"}])

HTML in cells

import pandas as pd

            '<a href="">link</a>',

Select rows

Not currently implemented. May be made available at a later stage using the select extension for datatables.

Copy, CSV, PDF and Excel buttons

Not currently implemented. May be made available at a later stage thanks to the buttons extension for datatable.


When the data in a table is larger than maxBytes, which is equal to 64KB by default, itables will display only a subset of the table - one that fits into maxBytes. If you wish, you can deactivate the limit with maxBytes=0, change the value of maxBytes, or similarly set a limit on the number of rows (maxRows, defaults to 0) or columns (maxColumns, defaults to pd.get_option('display.max_columns')).

Note that datatables support server-side processing. At a later stage we may implement support for larger tables using this feature.

df = wb.get_indicators().head(500)
opt.maxBytes = 10000

To show the table in full, we can modify the value of maxBytes either locally:

show(df, maxBytes=0)

or globally:

opt.maxBytes = 2**20



  • DataTables is a plug-in for the jQuery Javascript library. It has a great documentation, and a large set of examples.
  • The R package DT uses as the underlying library for both R notebooks and Shiny applications. In addition to the standard functionalities of the library (display, sort, filtering and row selection), RStudio seems to have implemented cell edition.
  • Marek Cermak has an interesting tutorial on how to use datatables within Jupyter. He also published jupyter-datatables, with a focus on numerical data and distribution plots.


ITables uses basic Javascript, and because of this it will only work in Jupyter Notebook, not in JupyterLab. It is not a Jupyter widget, which means that it does not allows you to edit the content of the dataframe.

If you are looking for Jupyter widgets, have a look at

If you are looking for a table component that will fit in Dash applications, see datatable by Dash.


I think it would be very helpful to have an identical table component for both Jupyter and Dash. Please let us know if you are interested in drafting a new table component based on an existing Javascript library for Dash.

Also, if you happen to prefer another Javascript table library (say, ag-grid), and you would like to see it supported in itables, please open either an issue or a PR, and let us know what is the minimal code to display a table in Jupyter using your library.

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