chinm3 chinm3 - 1 month ago 24
Javascript Question

Checkboxes only work on first page - Datatables, rails

Senario: So basically I'm using DataTables and have checkboxes on its first column. My DataTables have multiple pages (pagination).

The Problem: When I check a few boxes on a page (could be any page), AND also check a few on OTHER pages.


The results only gets saved if I am on the current page


I'm quite new to datatables/javascript and can't really figure out how to solve this issue.

$('#formDataTable').DataTable({
responsive: true,
autoWidth: true,
"bFilter": true,
"bRetrieve": true,
"bInfo": true,
"sPageFirst": false,
"sPageLast": false,
});


I have read these SO pages. Checkboxes will only work on current pagination page in jQuery datatables
Link is currently dead to this question -> Pagination with selected check boxes. Checkboxes will only work on current pagination page. jQuery datatables

Answer

CAUSE

jQuery DataTables removes non-visible rows from DOM for performance reasons, that is why when you submit the form only visible checkboxes get submitted.

SOLUTION

You may need to turn those <input type="checkbox"> that are checked and don't exist in DOM into <input type="hidden"> upon form submission.

For example, to submit form with values of all checkboxes:

var table = $('#example').DataTable();

$("form").on('submit', function(e){
   var $form = $(this);

   // Iterate over all checkboxes in the table
   table.$('input[type="checkbox"]').each(function(){
      // If checkbox doesn't exist in DOM
      if(!$.contains(document, this)){
         // If checkbox is checked
         if(this.checked){
            // Create a hidden element 
            $form.append(
               $('<input>')
                  .attr('type', 'hidden')
                  .attr('name', this.name)
                  .val(this.value)
            );
         }
      } 
   });          
});

If you're submitting the form via Ajax, it's even simpler.

For example, to submit form via Ajax with values of all checkboxes:

var table = $('#example').DataTable();

$("#btn-submit").on('click', function(e){
   e.preventDefault();

   $.ajax({
      url: "/path/to/your/script.php",
      data: table.$('input[type="checkbox"]').serialize();
   }).done(function(data){
      console.log("Response", data);
   });
});

DEMO

See our article jQuery DataTables – How to add a checkbox column for demonstration.

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