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This is the implementation for a multiple sortable table based on the Angular Material Design. The focus is on server-side loaded and sorted data. Next to that, the library provides some useful classes to reduce the duplicated code when using the material paginator. The code is based on Francisco Arantes Rodrigues repository repo, so thanks for your great work.


  • Older versions might have known security issues. So keep up-to-date!
  • Older versions of this library lack some features.


Visit the GitHub pages demo or clone and run it locally.

To run the demo:

  1. clone the repository
  2. npm install
  3. ng build mat-multi-sort

demo gif


See the GitHub release notes.



The TableData a useful class, which handles a lot of work for your app, such as page events (next, previous, sizeChange) and sorting events. Next to that, it keeps the current state of the table, again sorting and pagination.


Name Description default Example
columns An array of the displayed columns of the table with id: name of the attribute and name: Name to display in the header none [{ id: 'first_name', name: 'First Name' }]
displayedColumns An array of the currently displayed columns (id) and their order all columns
dataSource A MatMultiSortTableDataSource, which is special DataSource for sorting. Only accesable via getter and setter none
data The table data of the dataSource Array<T>
pageSize The current selected pageSize first entry of pageSizeOptions
pageSizeOptions The options for the pageSize, which the user can see in the menu [10, 20, 50, 100]
pageIndex The index of the page 0
totalElements The total number of elements of the table, must be set from your component none
sortParams An Array of the columns (id), which the user had chosen to sort. The order of the sorting is represented by the order of the ids in the parameter [] ['first_name', 'last_name']
sortDirs An Array of the column's sort-directions, which the user had chosen to sort. The order is the same like sortParams [] ['asc', 'desc']
nextObservable An Observable that fires, when the user clicks the next button
previousObservable An Observable that fires, when the user clicks the previous button
sizeObservable An Observable that fires, when the user changes the pageSize
sortObservable An Observable that fires, when the user changes the sorted columns or direction


Name Description Parameter
constructor The constructor for the for the class, where you initialize your columns. Optionally, you can add the default ids of the default sort colum and direction. If defaultSortParams are provided, but not the directions asc will be default columns: Array<{ id: string, name: string }>, options: { defaultSortParams?: string[], defaultSortDirs?: string[], pageSizeOptions?: number[], totalElements?: number }
onSortEvent The method to bind to the matSortChange output of the table none
onPaginationEvent The method to bin to the page output of the mat-paginator $event: PageEvent
updateSortHeaders The method triggers a rerendering of the headers to show the sorting directions correctly. The functions forces a complete new render of the data, what is not optimal, but only working solution right now. none
updateColumnNames The method allows you to change the displayed name of the columns { id: string, name: string }[]
localStorageKey A key to store the table settings, like selected columns, order of the columns, sorting directions in the local storage. If no key is passed the settings are not stored. Do not set the same key for different tables, this might lead to unexpected behavior. There is an validation of the loaded settings, if that fails, the defaults are used string


This component manages the sorting of the table. To use the multi-sort add matMultiSort to your table and pass the mat-multi-sort-header="<your-column-id>" to the <th mat-header-cell>.


This component display some settings for your table. The user can select the columns he wants to see in his table, next to that he can change the order of the columns. Additionally, the component shows the current chosen sorting columns as chips above the table. The user can easyly change the sorting order by drag and drop the chips and also change the sorting direction of each column.

Name Description Parameter
tableData An input of tableData object which holds the complete table state @Input: TableData
sortToolTip A input test for the tooltip to show up over the sorting chips @Input: string
closeDialogOnChoice A input to control the behavior of the settings menu. If set to true the dialog closes after the user has selected a column, if false it stays open, so the user can select/deselect multiple columns with out reopening the dialog. @Input: boolean
scrollStrategy An input of ScrollStrategy for the CDK overlay. Sets the behavior for scrolling when the dialog is opened. Possible options are the predefined strategies: Noop, Close, Block or Reposition, with Block being the default value. @Input: ScrollStrategy


This is the datasource of the MultiSortTable, it works like the MatTableDataSource´.

Name Description Parameter
constructor The constructor of the class sort: MatMultiSort, clientSideSorting: boolean = false

Example code for the template

<mat-multi-sort-table-settings [tableData]="table" sortToolTip="Sortierreihenfole ändern"  [closeDialogOnChoice]="false">
  <button mat-stroked-button>
    Spalten bearbeiten &nbsp;
  <!-- Optional custom content for the sort indicator chip (here column name with icons)  --> 
  <ng-template #sortIndicator let-direction='direction' let-columnName='columnName'>
    <mat-icon *ngIf="direction">{{direction === 'asc' ? 'arrow_upward' : 'arrow_downward'}}</mat-icon>
<table mat-table [dataSource]="table.dataSource" matMultiSort (matSortChange)="table.onSortEvent()">

    <!-- Create all your columns with *ngfor, this is the lazy way out and only works if the display of the data does not differ -->
    <ng-container *ngFor="let column of table.columns" [matColumnDef]="">
      <th mat-header-cell *matHeaderCellDef [mat-multi-sort-header]=""> {{}} </th>
      <td mat-cell *matCellDef="let row"> {{row[]}} </td>

    <!-- Or define your in a normal, more individuell way -->
    <ng-container matColumnDef="id">
      <th mat-header-cell *matHeaderCellDef mat-multi-sort-header="id"> ID </th>
      <td mat-cell *matCellDef="let row"> {{}} </td>

    <ng-container matColumnDef="progress">
      <th mat-header-cell *matHeaderCellDef mat-multi-sort-header="progress"> Progress </th>
      <td mat-cell *matCellDef="let row"> {{row.progress}} % </td>

    <ng-container matColumnDef="name">
      <th mat-header-cell *matHeaderCellDef mat-multi-sort-header="name"> Name </th>
      <td mat-cell *matCellDef="let row"> {{}} </td>

  <tr mat-header-row *matHeaderRowDef="table.displayedColumns"></tr>
  <tr mat-row *matRowDef="let row; columns: table.displayedColumns;">
<mat-paginator [pageSize]="table.pageSize" [pageIndex]="table.pageIndex" [pageSizeOptions]="table.pageSizeOptions"
  [length]="table.totalElements ? table.totalElements : 0" (page)="table.onPaginationEvent($event)" [disabled]="CLIENT_SIDE">

Example code for the component.ts

export class AppComponent implements OnInit {
  CLIENT_SIDE = true;

  table: TableData<UserData>;
  @ViewChild(MatMultiSort, { static: false }) sort: MatMultiSort;

    private dummyService: DummyService
  ) {
    this.table = new TableData<UserData>(
        { id: 'id', name: 'ID' },
        { id: 'name', name: 'Name' },
        { id: 'progress', name: 'Progess' }
      ], { localStorageKey: 'settings' }

  ngOnInit() {
    this.table.nextObservable.subscribe(() => { this.getData(); });
    this.table.sortObservable.subscribe(() => { this.getData(); });
    this.table.previousObservable.subscribe(() => { this.getData(); });
    this.table.sizeObservable.subscribe(() => { this.getData(); });

    setTimeout(() => {
    }, 0);

  initData() {
    this.table.dataSource = new MatMultiSortTableDataSource(this.sort, this.CLIENT_SIDE);
    if (this.CLIENT_SIDE) {
    } else {
      this.table.pageSize = 10;

  getData() {
    if (!this.CLIENT_SIDE) {
      const res = this.dummyService.list(this.table.sortParams, this.table.sortDirs, this.table.pageIndex, this.table.pageSize);
      this.table.totalElements = res.totalElements;
      this.table.pageIndex =;
      this.table.pageSize = res.pagesize; = res.users;

  getOfflineData() {
    const res = this.dummyService.list([], [], 0, 25);
    this.table.totalElements = 25;
    this.table.pageIndex =;
    this.table.pageSize = res.pagesize; = res.users;


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