Hello friends, in this article we are going to retrieve data from SharePoint List using REST API and will display that data into jQuery Datatable. So let's begin.

Show SharePoint List in Datatable format

Step 1:
We have a SharePoint list named EmployeeDetails as shown below with some dummy data. This list has 4 columns (Title, Name, Salary, Address).

Employee Details
Step 2:
Create a site page where we are going to show the above data in datatable. For creating a page go to Site contents > Site pages > Click on the new page icon. In this case, I have created a page with the name Employee Details.

Step 3:
Insert a Content Editor Webpart into a page.

Employee Details Page

Step 4:
Edit the Content Editor Webpart and paste the below code into it.

<script type="text/javascript" src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/3.2.1/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="https://cdn.datatables.net/1.10.9/js/jquery.dataTables.min.js"></script>
<link href="https://cdn.datatables.net/1.10.9/css/jquery.dataTables.min.css" rel="Stylesheet" type="text/css" />
<script type="text/javascript" src="../SiteAssets/EmployeeJqueryDatatable.js"></script> 
<div id="DatatablePanel">
   <table style="width: 100%;">
            <div id="DatatableGrid" style="width: 100%"></div>
download the above HTML file here. (or you can use MediaFire link)

Step 5:
If you can observe the above code, we have referenced a .js file named EmployeeJqueryDatatable.js So we have to first create this js file and upload it into Site assets. Please copy the below code into this js file and name it as EmployeeJqueryDatatable.js
$(document).ready(function () {
    var RestUrl = "../_vti_bin/listdata.svc/EmployeeDetails";
        url: RestUrl,
        method: "GET",
        headers: {
            "accept": "application/json;odata=verbose",
        success: function (data) {
            if (data.d.results.length > 0) {
                //construct HTML Table from the JSON Data
                //Bind the HTML data with Jquery DataTable
                var oTable = $('#EmployeeTable').dataTable({
                    "iDisplayLength": 5,
                    "aLengthMenu": [
                        [5, 10, 30, 50],
                        [5, 10, 30, 50]
                    "sPaginationType": "full_numbers"
            } else {
                $('#DatatableGrid').append("<span>No Employee Details Found.</span>");
        error: function (data) {
            $('#DatatableGrid').append("<span>Error Retreiving Employee Details. Error : " + JSON.stringify(data) + "</span>");

    function GenerateTableFromJson(objArray) {
        var tableContent = '<table id="EmployeeTable" style="width:100%"><thead><tr><td>Title</td>' + '<td>Name</td>' + '<td>Salary</td>' + '<td>Address</td>' + '</tr></thead><tbody>';
        for (var i = 0; i < objArray.length; i++) {
            tableContent += '<tr>';
            tableContent += '<td>' + objArray[i].Title + '</td>';
            tableContent += '<td>' + objArray[i].Name + '</td>';
            tableContent += '<td>' + objArray[i].Salary + '</td>';
            tableContent += '<td>' + objArray[i].Address + '</td>';
            tableContent += '</tr>';
        return tableContent;
download above .js file here (for security reasons I have used .txt file here, so after downloading rename it to .js) or you can use MediaFire link to download the direct js file here

Step 6:
Once you upload the above js file into your site assets, go to our EmployeeDetails page that we ceated in step no. 2. Here we go!!! below is the output for our EmployeeDetails list

Video tutorial:

I have also created a step by step video tutorial for SharePoint Datatables. Please watch it for clear understanding:


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