Plugin Information

The TablePress plugin enables you to create and manage tables on your WordPress site. No HTML knowledge is needed, as a comfortable interface allows to easily edit table data. Tables can contain any type of data, even formulas that will be evaluated. An additional JavaScript library can be used to add features like sorting, pagination, filtering, and more for site visitors. You can include tables into posts, pages, or text widgets with ease. Tables can be imported from Excel (.xls and .xlsx), CSV, and HTML files and also be exported.


Current Version: 1.9.2
Release date: February 22nd, 2019
Requirements: WordPress 4.9.1 or higher
License: GNU General Public License 2 (GNU GPL2)
Download TablePress from the WordPress Plugin Directory

If you like TablePress, please rate and review it in the WordPress Plugin Directory. You might also consider giving a donation or having a look at my,, or wishlist. Thanks!


TablePress allows you to do the following (not necessarily a complete list):

  • Manage tables in your WordPress admin Dashboard
  • Show tables in your posts, on pages, or in text widgets using a Shortcode
  • Show tables anywhere in your theme using a Template Tag function (see Usage)
  • Table features include (may be enabled for each table individually):
    • Any content you like: Text, numbers, images, links, even HTML or JavaScript
    • Excel-like formulas in tables
    • Table structure can contain combined cells (rowspan/colspan)
    • First row can be table head row
    • Last row can be table foot row
    • Alternating row background colors
    • Row highlighting (when hovered with the mouse)
    • Print table name above or under the table
    • Print table description above or under the table
    • Features of the DataTables JavaScript library, like sorting, pagination, filtering/search, scrolling of table data (see the Demo Table)
    • Individual styling of your table via CSS possible (e.g. for sizing or color changes)
  • Functions in the editing interface include:
    • Add/create tables (by manual input)
    • Import tables (in Excel (.xls/.xlsx), CSV, HTML, or JSON format, from file upload, URLs, server location, or direct input), even with bulk import
    • Export/save/backup tables to most of these formats, even with bulk export
    • Edit the table data and structure (add/insert/delete/move/swap/duplicate/hide columns/rows, sort columns)
    • Easily add links or images to your table (from the Media Library)
    • Advanced editor for styling changes without having to know HTML
    • Copy/duplicate and delete tables
    • Easily insert a table into your posts and pages using a button in the editor toolbar
    • Preview of the table


Screenshots are available on the TablePress page in the WordPress Plugin Directory.

Introduction and motivation

Back in 2009, I wanted to show tables on a WordPress powered website. I didn’t want to mess with HTML tables in the code (as they are very hard to maintain and manage), so I decided to try to write a WordPress plugin myself. I did some reading on WordPress plugin development and based on Alex Rabe’s wp-Table, I created WP-Table Reloaded, which became very successful. Unfortunately, as I had to learn later on, I had made some design decisions that did not turn out well, made the plugin hard to maintain, and could even lead to data loss for certain server configurations. To fix these problems and issues, I decided that a complete rewrite of the plugin was necessary. With that, TablePress was born, and with that there are less problems, more features, and easier maintainability in the future :-)
For more on my motivation, also read this interview that I gave about WP-Table Reloaded and TablePress.


The easiest way to install TablePress is via your WordPress Dashboard. Go to the “Plugins” screen, click “Add New”, and search for “TablePress” in the WordPress Plugin Directory. Then, click “Install Now” and the following steps will be done for you automatically. After the installation, you’ll just have to activate the TablePress plugin.

Manual Installation works just as for most other WordPress plugins:

  1. Download the plugin’s ZIP file.
  2. Extract the file: You’ll get a folder called “tablepress”.
  3. Upload that folder to the “wp-content/plugins/” folder on your server.
  4. Go to the “Plugins” page in your WordPress Dashboard.
  5. Activate “TablePress”.

Uninstalling, Deactivation
Just deactivate the plugin and delete the folder “tablepress”. Tables will still be stored in the “wp_posts” table in your WordPress database, as a Custom Post Type of “tablepress_table”. If you are sure that you will never need these again, you can delete the corresponding entries. Be extra careful to not delete your regular posts or pages accidentally! Creating a full mySQL backup is recommended!
To completely remove all data, including tables and plugin settings, use the “Uninstall” button on the “Plugin Options” screen of TablePress.

WordPress will notify you, when a plugin update for TablePress is available. The easiest way is then to click “Update automatically” to get the latest version.
To manually update, delete the old plugin folder on the server and replace it with the new one, extracted from the freshly downloaded ZIP file.


After installing the plugin, you can add, import, export, edit, copy, delete, … tables via the “TablePress” section in your admin menu. Everything should be self-explaining there.
To show one of your tables in a post, on a page, or in a text widget just include the Shortcode [table id=<the-ID> /] into your post/page/text widget, where <the-ID> is the ID of your table (can be found on the left side of the “All Tables” screen in TablePress).

You can also click on the “Table” button in the toolbar of the post/page editor to see a list of your tables. If you click “Insert” then, the correct Shortcode will be inserted for you automatically.
To insert a table somewhere else in your theme, you can use a Template Tag function. Please see the Documentation for more information on this.

After that you might want to change the styling of the table. For that, just enter your desired CSS style information into the “Custom CSS” textarea on the “Plugin Options” screen. Examples for common styling questions can be found in the plugin FAQ.
You may also add certain features (like Sorting, Pagination, Filtering/Search, Alternating Row Colors, Row Highlighting, Print name and/or description, …) by checking the checkboxes on the “Edit” screen of your table.

Languages and localization

TablePress is available in several different languages. If a translation is available for the language that you have selected for your WordPress installation in the general options, it will be installed and used automatically through so-called WordPress Plugin Language Packs.

With the “Translate WordPress” platform, translating is possible on a website from which those Language Packs are automatically generated and shipped to plugin users. For a list of existing Language Packs, please see the sidebar on the TablePress page in the WordPress Plugin Directory.

It is no longer necessary to generate and translate *.po and *.mo files manually. Instead, just go to the TablePress translations page, log in with a free account and start translating TablePress into your language. If you want to become a Translation Editor for your language, who can confirm or reject translation suggestions by other users, please get in touch.

Credits and Thanks

Special Thanks go to Allan Jardine for the DataTables JavaScript library, and all donors, translators, contributors, supporters, reviewers and users of the plugin! Thank you!

Version History/Changelog

VersionRelease DateChanges
1.9.202/22/2019· Compatibility with WordPress 5.1
· Enhancement: Make the save process more robust against data corruption.
· Minor internal changes on CSS and typos in the documentation.
1.9.108/31/2018· Enhancement: Improve accessibility on several admin screens (thanks to Boone Gorges).
· Enhancement: Update list of allowed CSS properties in "Custom CSS".
· Updated external libraries (DataTables, SimpleXLSX, CSSTidy, Build tools).
· Some internal changes for better stability, security, translations, and documentation.
1.912/03/2017· Full compatibility with WordPress 4.9
· Feature: The "Custom CSS" text field highlights and notifies about CSS code syntax errors.
· Enhancement: Update list of allowed CSS properties in "Custom CSS".
· Enhancement: Make the CSV import more robust against malformed input.
· Bugfix: The integration into the WordPress search was broken since a WordPress core change.
· Bugfix: The HTML import was broken on certain server configurations.
· Updated external libraries (Build tools).
· Some internal changes and fixes for better stability, cleaner code, translations, and documentation.
· TablePress 1.9 requires WordPress 4.9.1!
1.8.110/03/2017· Enhancement: Make HTML import more robust and faster.
· Enhancement: The HTML import can now import merged cells in a row.
· Enhancement: Harden the XLSX import against potential security issues (thanks to Yuji Tounai).
· Enhancement: Allow easier changes to import data for developers, by adding a filter hook.
· Enhancement: The layout of the TablePress admin screens will look better on small screens.
· Enhancement: Update list of allowed CSS properties in "Custom CSS".
· Enhancement: Reduce size of default CSS, by removing old hacks for Internet Explorer.
· Updated external libraries (CodeMirror, DataTables, SimpleXLSX, CSSTidy, Build tools).
1.802/25/2017· Full compatibility with WordPress 4.7
· Updated external libraries (CodeMirror, DataTables, Build tools).
· Enhancement: Better spacing between the label and input field for the search in tables.
· Enhancement: Update list of allowed CSS properties in "Custom CSS".
· Enhancement: Make it easier for other plugins to clear the TablePress output cache.
· Enhancement: Simplification of some strings/text, to make translations easier.
· Bugfix: Better sanitization of HTML code in the Preview (thanks to Gerard Arall).
· Some internal changes and fixes for better stability, cleaner code, translations, and documentation.
· TablePress 1.8 requires WordPress 4.7!
1.712/13/2015· Full compatibility with WordPress 4.4
· Bugfix: Properly align tabs and heading in the main navigation bar at the top.
· Bugfix: Restore layout on small screens (responsiveness) for the "All Tables" screen.
· Bugfix: Restore layout of the overlay when inserting tables into posts/pages.
· Bugfix: Make input fields on the "Edit" screen resizable in both directions again.
· Bugfix: Restore sorting arrows on the "Edit" screen.
· Bugfix: Some strings were unclear, had typos, or used wrong HTML entities.
· Bugfix: Prevent certain "Custom Commands" from being rewritten to a new syntax in the wrong way.
· Bugfix: Make sure that the table preview is properly translated to other languages.
· Enhancement: Make the "Custom CSS" textarea vertically resizable.
· Enhancement: Support more CSS3 properties when cleaning "Custom CSS" code.
· Enhancement: Increase reliability when internally converting tables to their storage format (JSON).
· Enhancement: Use correct HTML markup for better accessibility on the admin screens.
· Enhancement: Only load required parts of jQuery, for faster page loads in some environments.
· Updated external libraries (CodeMirror, DataTables, Build tools).
· Translations: Switched from .po/.mo files to WordPress Plugin Language Packs.
· Some internal changes and fixes for better stability, cleaner code, and documentation.
· TablePress 1.7 requires WordPress 4.3!
1.6.108/19/2015· Bugfix: Update the DataTables JS library to fix issues with the JS features after the release of WordPress 4.3.
· Updated translations (Chinese (Simplified)).
1.604/26/2015· Full compatibility with WordPress 4.2
· Bugfix: Fixed integration of the "Insert Link" dialog.
· Bugfix: Divisions by zero were not caught properly in formulas in cells.
· Bugfix: Numbers were sometimes not imported correctly in the Excel importer.
· Enhancement: Importing files encoded as UTF-16 should work better now.
· Enhancement: Support dismissible notices in the admin screens.
· Enhancement: Support better tabbing on the "Edit" screen.
· Enhancement: Add page cache clearing for the WP Fastest Cache plugin.
· Enhancement: Add a plugin filter hook that allows modifying the exported data by plugins.
· Enhancement: Support more CSS3 properties when cleaning "Custom CSS" code.
· Updated external libraries (CodeMirror, DataTables, Build tools).
· Added Korean translation.
· Updated several translations (Chinese (Taiwan), English, German).
· Many internal changes and fixes for better stability, cleaner code, and documentation.
· TablePress 1.6 requires WordPress 4.2!
1.5.111/05/2014· Bugfix: Some properties in Custom CSS code were erroneously removed.
· Updated the Spanish translation.
1.511/04/2014· Full compatibility with WordPress 4.0
· Feature: Support for the new Media Manager when inserting images
· Feature: Support for the integrated WP importer/exporter
· Bugfix: The "Insert Link" dialog in the "Advanced Editor" works now.
· Bugfix: Moving the admin menu entry somewhere else was broken in rare cases.
· Bugfix: The HTML export creates valid HTML files now.
· Enhancement: Tables are stored with extra information about the format, so that other plugins are less likely to break it.
· Extended unit tests for the plugin and some external libraries.
· Updated external libraries (CodeMirror, DataTables, Build tools).
· Added Ukrainian translation.
· Updated several translations (Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Turkish).
· Added and updated more language files for the DataTables library.
· TablePress 1.5 requires WordPress 4.0!
1.404/18/2014· Compatibility with WordPress 3.9
· Bugfix: Determine the correct Worksheet ID during XLSX import
· Bugfix: Displaying empty Shortcodes was broken
· Enhancement: Improve JSON import to also allow import of JSON objects
· Enhancement: Use more sophisticated error handling and debugging
· Enhancement: Reduce memory usage when loading tables
· Added inline documentation to all plugin filter and action hooks
· Updated external libraries
· Internal improvements to coding standards, inline documentation, and build tools
· Added Serbian translation
· Updated several translations (Chinese (Simplified), Croatian, German, Spanish)
1.312/12/2013· Compatibility with WordPress 3.8 and the new admin styling
· Bugfix: Import of JSON files did not take row/column visibility into account
· Bugfix: File names of exported files were sometimes broken
· Bugfix: Translations for some strings were not loaded properly
· Enhancement: Don't search for tables outside of the main search query
· Enhancement: Broken tables are now skipped
· Updated external libraries
· Added Chinese (Taiwan) translation
· Internal improvements to coding standards, inline documentation, and build tools
· TablePress 1.3 requires WordPress 3.8!
1.210/24/2013· Compatibility with WordPress 3.7
· Bugfix: WordPress search did not find tables in some cases
· Bugfix: Cells were sometimes erroneously interpreted as formulas
· Bugfix: HTML export did not encode entities properly
· Bugfix: Wrong variable name in table render code
· Enhancement: Add logarithm to math functions for formulas
· Enhancement: Better internal code documentation and variable type checks
· Enhancement: Add parameter to Shortcode that allows showing debug information
· Updated external libraries
· Updated several translations (Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, French, German, Latvian)
· Many more internal code improvements
· TablePress 1.2 requires WordPress 3.6!
1.1.109/10/2013· Fixed a bug with CSS handling that broke some TablePress Extensions
1.109/08/2013· Experimental import for Excel files (.xls and .xlsx)
· More math functions in formulas (if-conditionals, statistical functions, ...)
· Better "Custom CSS" saving for higher performance
· Bugfix: Encoding problem during HTML import
· Bugfix: Roles are now deleted during uninstallation
· Bugfix: Search for tables was broken, if Shortcode had been changed
· Plugin Unit Tests for automated code testing
· Added several new translations (Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, Hebrew, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Russian, and Turkish)
· Many more internal improvements of code and usability
· Updated external libraries
1.004/23/2013· Possibility to uninstall TablePress and delete all data automatically
· Better import of DataTables settings from WP-Table Reloaded
· "Append" as another import option, addionally to "Add" and "Replace"
· Turn off DataTables if rowspan/colspan is added
· Better RTL language support on frontend
· Better character encoding handling for HTML import
· Compatibility of Custom CSS files with WP Multisite installations
· Remove margin/padding/borders around images in tables
· Extend [table-info /] Shortcode
· Better filter hooks in rendering process (useful for Extensions)
· Hide "Import from WP-Table Reloaded" by default, if it's not installed
· Added Polish translation and updated existing ones
· Updated external CodeMirror JS library