Example of sortable DataTable in Flutter (with explanations)

Updated: January 30, 2023 By: A Goodman 5 comments

The example below shows you how to implement a sortable table in Flutter by using the DataTable widget.

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This sample app contains a DataTable which displays a list of fiction products. In the beginning, the products are sorted in ascending ID order. However, the user can sort them in ascending or descending price order by touching the heading of the price column, as shown in the following screen capture:

The code

The full code in main.dart with explanations:

import 'package:flutter/material.dart';
import 'dart:math';

void main() {
  runApp(const MyApp());

class MyApp extends StatelessWidget {
  const MyApp({Key? key}) : super(key: key);

  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return const MaterialApp(
      debugShowCheckedModeBanner: false,
      title: 'Kindacode.com',
      home: HomePage(),

class HomePage extends StatefulWidget {
  const HomePage({Key? key}) : super(key: key);

  State<HomePage> createState() => _HomePageState();

class _HomePageState extends State<HomePage> {
  // Generate a list of fiction prodcts
  final List<Map> _products = List.generate(30, (i) {
    return {"id": i, "name": "Product $i", "price": Random().nextInt(200) + 1};

  int _currentSortColumn = 0;
  bool _isAscending = true;

  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return Scaffold(
        appBar: AppBar(
          title: const Text('Kindacode.com'),
        body: SizedBox(
          width: double.infinity,
          child: SingleChildScrollView(
            child: DataTable(
              sortColumnIndex: _currentSortColumn,
              sortAscending: _isAscending,
              headingRowColor: MaterialStateProperty.all(Colors.amber[200]),
              columns: [
                const DataColumn(label: Text('Id')),
                const DataColumn(label: Text('Name')),
                    label: const Text(
                      style: TextStyle(
                          color: Colors.blue, fontWeight: FontWeight.bold),
                    // Sorting function
                    onSort: (columnIndex, _) {
                      setState(() {
                        _currentSortColumn = columnIndex;
                        if (_isAscending == true) {
                          _isAscending = false;
                          // sort the product list in Ascending, order by Price
                          _products.sort((productA, productB) =>
                        } else {
                          _isAscending = true;
                          // sort the product list in Descending, order by Price
                          _products.sort((productA, productB) =>
              rows: _products.map((item) {
                return DataRow(cells: [

Hope this example can help you a little. Besides DataTable, Flutter also provides a couple of other widgets to implement tables:

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6 months ago

What is the _ argument in onsort function?

1 year ago

how can we get data from fire firestore

Varahalababu Lagudu
Varahalababu Lagudu
2 years ago

Yes it helped,how can we multi sort in this table?

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