Convert json data to a html table [closed]

Is there any jQuery or javascript library that generates a dynamic table given json data? I don't want to define the columns, the library should read the keys in the json hash and generate columns.

Of course, I can myself iterate through the json data and generate the html table. I just want to know if any such library exists which I can simply reuse.

Thanks all for your replies. I wrote one myself. Please note that this uses jQuery.

Code snippet:

var myList = [
  { "name": "abc", "age": 50 },
  { "age": "25", "hobby": "swimming" },
  { "name": "xyz", "hobby": "programming" }

// Builds the HTML Table out of myList.
function buildHtmlTable(selector) {
  var columns = addAllColumnHeaders(myList, selector);

  for (var i = 0; i < myList.length; i++) {
    var row$ = $('<tr/>');
    for (var colIndex = 0; colIndex < columns.length; colIndex++) {
      var cellValue = myList[i][columns[colIndex]];
      if (cellValue == null) cellValue = "";

// Adds a header row to the table and returns the set of columns.
// Need to do union of keys from all records as some records may not contain
// all records.
function addAllColumnHeaders(myList, selector) {
  var columnSet = [];
  var headerTr$ = $('<tr/>');

  for (var i = 0; i < myList.length; i++) {
    var rowHash = myList[i];
    for (var key in rowHash) {
      if ($.inArray(key, columnSet) == -1) {

  return columnSet;
<script src=""></script>

<body onLoad="buildHtmlTable('#excelDataTable')">
  <table id="excelDataTable" border="1">

I have rewritten your code in vanilla-js, using DOM methods to prevent html injection.


var _table_ = document.createElement('table'),
  _tr_ = document.createElement('tr'),
  _th_ = document.createElement('th'),
  _td_ = document.createElement('td');

// Builds the HTML Table out of myList json data from Ivy restful service.
function buildHtmlTable(arr) {
  var table = _table_.cloneNode(false),
    columns = addAllColumnHeaders(arr, table);
  for (var i = 0, maxi = arr.length; i < maxi; ++i) {
    var tr = _tr_.cloneNode(false);
    for (var j = 0, maxj = columns.length; j < maxj; ++j) {
      var td = _td_.cloneNode(false);
      cellValue = arr[i][columns[j]];
      td.appendChild(document.createTextNode(arr[i][columns[j]] || ''));
  return table;

// Adds a header row to the table and returns the set of columns.
// Need to do union of keys from all records as some records may not contain
// all records
function addAllColumnHeaders(arr, table) {
  var columnSet = [],
    tr = _tr_.cloneNode(false);
  for (var i = 0, l = arr.length; i < l; i++) {
    for (var key in arr[i]) {
      if (arr[i].hasOwnProperty(key) && columnSet.indexOf(key) === -1) {
        var th = _th_.cloneNode(false);
  return columnSet;

    "name": "abc",
    "age": 50
    "age": "25",
    "hobby": "swimming"
    "name": "xyz",
    "hobby": "programming"

You can use simple jQuery jPut plugin


var json = [{"name": "name1","email":"[email protected]"},{"name": "name2","link":"[email protected]"}];
//while running this code the template will be appended in your div with json data
    //ajax_url:"youfile.json",  if you want to call from a json file


<table jput="t_template">
 <tbody jput="tbody_template">

 <tbody id="tbody">

Check out JSON2HTML plugin for jQuery. It allows you to specify a transform that would convert your JSON object to HTML template. Use builder on to get json transform object for any desired html template. In your case, it would be a table with row having following transform.


var transform = {"tag":"table", "children":[

var data = [