Lightning Datatable example salesforce

Lightning Datatable example salesforce

Lightning Datatable example salesforce

In this blog post, I am going to explain how to use salesforce lightning:datatable component and its features. A lightning:datatable component displays tabular data where each column can be displayed based on the data type. lightning:datatable also supports inline editing. lightning:datatable is not supported on mobile devices.

Lightning Datatable Main Features

  • Displaying and formatting of columns with appropriate data types
  • Infinite scrolling of rows
  • Inline editing for some data types
  • Header-level actions
  • Row-level actions
  • Resizing of columns
  • Selecting of rows
  • Sorting of columns by ascending and descending order
  • Text wrapping and clipping
  • Row numbering column
  • Cell content alignment


Tables can be populated during initialization using the data, columns, and keyField attributes. The keyField attribute is required for correct table behavior. It will associate each row with a unique identifier. The below code shows how to use the lightning: datatable to initialize the data and columns which are passed by using attributes.

Lightning Datatable Example

In this example, we will simply display list of account using lightning:datatable.

Apex class AccountController

public class AccountController{
    public static List <Account> fetchAccounts() {
        //Qyery 10 accounts
        List<Account> accList = [SELECT Id, Name, BillingState, 
                                    Website, Phone, Industry, Type from Account LIMIT 10];
        //return list of accounts
        return accList;

Lightning Component LightningDatatableExample

<aura:component controller="AccountController">
    <aura:attribute type="Account[]" name="acctList"/>
    <aura:attribute name="mycolumns" type="List"/>
    <aura:handler name="init" value="{!this}" action="{!c.fetchAcc}"/>
    <lightning:datatable data="{! v.acctList }"
                         columns="{! v.mycolumns }"

Lightning Component LightningDatatableExample Controller

    fetchAcc : function(component, event, helper) {
        helper.fetchAccHelper(component, event, helper);

Lightning Component LightningDatatableExample Helper

	fetchAccHelper : function(component, event, helper) {
        component.set('v.mycolumns', [
            {label: 'Account Name', fieldName: 'Name', type: 'text'},
                {label: 'Industry', fieldName: 'Industry', type: 'text'},
                {label: 'Phone', fieldName: 'Phone', type: 'Phone'},
                {label: 'Website', fieldName: 'Website', type: 'url '}
        var action = component.get("c.fetchAccounts");
        action.setCallback(this, function(response){
            var state = response.getState();
            if (state === "SUCCESS") {
                component.set("v.acctList", response.getReturnValue());

Lightning Application LightningDatatableExample

<aura:application extends="force:slds">


Lightning Datatable example Output

Lightning Datatable example salesforce output

Lightning Datatable example salesforce output


Lightning Datatable Column Properties

Use the following column properties to customize the behavior and visual aspects of your columns.

actionsobjectAppends a dropdown menu of actions to a column. You must pass in a list of label-name pairs.
cellAttributesobjectProvides additional customization, such as horizontal alignment or appending an icon to the output. For more information about alignment, see Aligning Data in a Column. For more information about adding icons, see Appending an Icon to Column Data.
editablebooleanSpecifies whether a column supports inline editing. The default is false.
fieldNamestringRequired. The name that binds the columns properties to the associated data. Each columns property must correspond to an item in the data array.
fixedWidthintegerSpecifies the width of a column in pixels and makes the column non-resizable.
iconNamestringThe Lightning Design System name of the icon. Names are written in the format standard:opportunity. The icon is appended to the left of the header label.
initialWidthintegerThe width of the column when it's initialized, which must be within the minColumnWidth and maxColumnWidth values, or within 50px and 1000px if they are not provided.
labelstringRequired. The text label displayed in the column header.
sortablebooleanSpecifies whether the column can be sorted. The default is false.
typestringRequired. The data type to be used for data formatting. For more information, see Formatting with Data Types.
typeAttributesobjectProvides custom formatting with component attributes for the data type. For example, currencyCode for the currency type. For more information, see Formatting with Data Types.

For more details please refer below official link lightning datatable

Happy Coding 🙂

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    • Raj on January 16, 2020 at 7:35 pm
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    Hi Ankush,
    Hope you are doing well ,I have one question related to lightning datatable tool .I want tooltip in lightning datatable record each cell.Could you tell me how can i achieve it .


    • Rah on January 20, 2020 at 5:59 pm
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    Hi Ankush,

    Could you explain me how to use tool tip for each cell column data in lightning datatable.


    • JONNALAGADDA RITHEESHANJANA CHOWDHARY on April 16, 2020 at 10:45 am
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    HI Ankush,
    can you please explain me how can we use load more button instead of pagenation.

    • Harshita on July 30, 2020 at 12:40 pm
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    Hi Ankush,

    Does lighting table has the property of expand and collapse in rows.

    • Rajesh Kumar Chaudhari on October 15, 2020 at 9:11 pm
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    How can add view modal in row level action

    • Sampath on June 12, 2021 at 12:48 pm
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    This is very helpful. Thank you.

    • Vijay on August 2, 2021 at 1:41 pm
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    Any suggestion on how to render this lightning:table in mobile view.. I am struck with mobile view in my project

    • bhavani on January 29, 2022 at 2:56 pm
    • Reply

    Can you help me to write code for contacts while i select particular account by using checkbox in aura events

    • Thouseef on February 20, 2023 at 5:04 pm
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    how to append the static resource image in the data table

    • kirubakaran on February 20, 2023 at 5:08 pm
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    how to append the static resource image in the data table in salesforce.

    • Ishrath on February 20, 2023 at 5:09 pm
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    how to append the static resource image in the data table in the salesforce

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