ascii-table

Easy tables for your console data

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Ascii Table

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Easy table output for node debugging, but you could probably do more with it, since its just a string.

Table of Contents

Usage

Node.js

var AsciiTable = require('ascii-table')

Browser

<script src="ascii-table.min.js"></script>

Note: If using in the browser, it will be placed under window.AsciiTable

Example

Basic usage

var table = new AsciiTable('A Title')
table
  .setHeading('', 'Name', 'Age')
  .addRow(1, 'Bob', 52)
  .addRow(2, 'John', 34)
  .addRow(3, 'Jim', 83)

console.log(table.toString())
.----------------.
|    A Title     |
|----------------|
|   | Name | Age |
|---|------|-----|
| 1 | Bob  |  52 |
| 2 | John |  34 |
| 3 | Jim  |  83 |
'----------------'

We can make a simple table without a title or headings as well.

var table = new AsciiTable()

table
  .addRow('a', 'apple', 'Some longer string')
  .addRow('b', 'banana', 'hi')
  .addRow('c', 'carrot', 'meow')
  .addRow('e', 'elephants')


console.log(table.toString())
.------------------------------------.
| a | apple     | Some longer string |
| b | banana    | hi                 |
| c | carrot    | meow               |
| e | elephants |                    |
'------------------------------------'

API

Static Methods

AsciiTable

See: AsciiTable.factory for details on instantiation

AsciiTable.factory([title])

Table instance creator

  • title - table title (optional, default null)

Note: If an object is passed in place of the title, the fromJSON method will be used to populate the table.

Example:

var table = AsciiTable.factory('title')

var table = AsciiTable.factory({
  title: 'Title'
, heading: [ 'id', 'name' ]
, rows: [ 
    [ 1, 'Bob' ]
  , [ 2, 'Steve' ] 
  ] 
})

AsciiTable.align(direction, val, len, [pad])

Shortcut to one of the three following methods

  • direction - alignment direction (AsciiTable.LEFT, AsciiTable.CENTER, AsciiTable.RIGHT)
  • val - string to align
  • len - total length of created string
  • pad - padding / fill char (optional, default ' ')

Example:

table.align(AsciiTable.LEFT, 'hey', 7) // 'hey    '

AsciiTable.alignLeft(val, len, [pad])

  • val - string to align
  • len - total length of created string
  • pad - padding / fill char (optional, default ' ')

Example:

table.alignLeft('hey', 7, '-') // 'hey----'

AsciiTable.alignCenter(val, len, [pad])

  • val - string to align
  • len - total length of created string
  • pad - padding / fill char (optional, default ' ')

Example:

table.alignCenter('hey', 7) // '  hey  '

AsciiTable.alignRight(val, len, [pad])

  • val - string to align
  • len - total length of created string
  • pad - padding / fill char (optional, default ' ')

Example:

table.alignRight('hey', 7) // '    hey'

AsciiTable.alignAuto(val, len, [pad])

Attempt to do intelligent alignment of provided val, String input will be left aligned, Number types will be right aligned.

  • val - string to align
  • len - total length of created string
  • pad - padding / fill char (optional, default ' ')

Example:

table.align(AsciiTable.LEFT, 'hey', 7) // 'hey    '

AsciiTable.arrayFill(len, [val])

Create a new array at the given len, filled with the given value, mainly used internally

  • len - length of array
  • val - fill value (optional)

Example:

AsciiTable.arrayFill(4, 0) // [0, 0, 0, 0]

Instance Methods

instance.setBorder([edge], [fill], [top], [bottom])

Set the border characters for rendering, if no arguments are passed it will be reset to defaults. If a single edge arg is passed, it will be used for all borders.

  • edge - horizontal edges (optional, default |)
  • fill - vertical edges (optional, default -)
  • top - top corners (optional, default .)
  • bottom - bottom corners (optional, default ')

Example:

var table = new AsciiTable('Stars')
table
  .setBorder('*')
  .setHeading('oh', 'look')
  .addRow('so much', 'star power')

console.log(table.toString())
************************
*        Stars         *
************************
*   oh    *    look    *
************************
* so much * star power *
************************

instance.removeBorder()

Example:

table.removeBorder()

console.log('' + table)
  #     Fruit           Thing
 --- ----------- --------------------
  a       apple   Some longer string
  b      banana           hi
  c      carrot          meow
  e   elephants

instance.setAlign(idx, direction)

  • idx - column index to align
  • direction - alignment direction, (AsciiTable.LEFT, AsciiTable.CENTER, AsciiTable.RIGHT)

Example:

table
  .setAlign(2, AsciiTable.RIGHT)
  .setAlign(1, AsciiTable.CENTER)

console.log(table.toString())
.-------------------------------------.
| a  |   apple   | Some longer string |
| b  |   banana  |                 hi |
| c  |   carrot  |               meow |
| e  | elephants |                    |
'-------------------------------------'

instance.setAlignLeft(idx)

Alias to instance.setAlign(idx, AsciiTable.LEFT)

instance.setAlignCenter(idx)

Alias to instance.setAlign(idx, AsciiTable.CENTER)

instance.setAlignRight(idx)

Alias to instance.setAlign(idx, AsciiTable.RIGHT)

instance.setTitle(title)

  • title - table title

Example:

var table = new AsciiTable('Old Title')

table.setTitle('New Title')

instance.getTitle()

Get the current title of the table

Example:

table.getTitle() // 'New Title'

instance.setTitleAlign(direction)

  • direction - table alignment direction

Example:

```


#### instance.setTitleAlignLeft()

Alias to `instance.setTitleAlign(AsciiTable.LEFT)`


#### instance.setTitleAlignCenter()

Alias to `instance.setTitleAlign(AsciiTable.CENTER)`


#### instance.setTitleAlignRight()

Alias to `instance.setTitleAlign(AsciiTable.RIGHT)`


#### instance.sort(iterator)

* `iterator` - sorting method to run against the rows

Example:

```js
table.sort(function(a, b) {
  return a[2] - b[2]
})
console.log(table.toString())
.----------------.
| 2 | John |  34 |
| 1 | Bob  |  52 |
| 3 | Jim  |  83 |
'----------------'

instance.sortColumn(index, iterator)

Sorting shortcut for targeting a specific column

  • index - column idx to sort
  • iterator - sorting method to run against column values

Example:

// This is quivalent to the `sort` example above
table.sortColumn(2, function(a, b) {
  return a - b
})

instance.setHeading(heading, [...])

Set the column headings for the table, takes arguments the same way as addRow

  • heading - heading array or arguments

Example:

table.setHeading('ID', 'Key', 'Value')

// or:

table.setHeading(['ID', 'Key', 'Value'])

instance.setHeadingAlign(direction)

  • direction -

Example:

```


#### instance.setHeadingAlignLeft()

Alias to `instance.setHeadingAlignLeft(AsciiTable.LEFT)`


#### instance.setHeadingAlignCenter()

Alias to `instance.setHeadingAlignLeft(AsciiTable.CENTER)`


#### instance.setHeadingAlignRight()

Alias to `instance.setHeadingAlignLeft(AsciiTable.RIGHT)`


#### instance.addRow(row, [...])

Rows can be added using a single array argument, or the arguments if multiple 
args are used when calling the method.

* `row` - array or arguments of column values

Example:

```js
var table = new AsciiTable()

table
  .addRow(1, 'Bob', 52)
  .addRow([2, 'John', 34])

console.log(table.render())
.---------------.
| 1 | Bob  | 52 |
| 2 | John | 34 |
'---------------'

instance.addRowMatrix(rows)

Bulk addRow operation

  • rows - multidimentional array of rows

Example:

table.addRowMatrix([
  [2, 'John', 34]
, [3, 'Jim', 83]
])

instance.setJustify(enabled)

Justify all columns to be the same width

  • enabled - boolean for turning justify on or off, undefined considered true

Example:

table
  .addRow('1', 'two', 'three')
  .setJustify()

console.log(table.toString())
.-----------------------.
| 1     | two   | three |
'-----------------------'

instance.toString()

Render the instance as a string for output

Alias: [valueOf, render]

instance.toJSON()

Return the JSON representation of the table, this also allows us to call JSON.stringify on the instance.

Example:

var table = new AsciiTable('Title')

table
  .setHeading('id', 'name')
  .addRow(1, 'Bob')
  .addRow(2, 'Steve')

console.log(table.toJSON())
console.log(JSON.stringify(table))
{
  title: 'Title'
, heading: [ 'id', 'name' ]
, rows: [ 
    [ 1, 'Bob' ]
  , [ 2, 'Steve' ] 
  ] 
}
{"title":"Title","heading":["id","name"],"rows":[[1,"Bob"],[2,"Steve"]]}

instance.fromJSON(json)

Populate the table from json, should match the toJSON output above.

Alias: [parse]

Example:

var table = new AsciiTable().fromJSON({
  title: 'Title'
, heading: [ 'id', 'name' ]
, rows: [ 
    [ 1, 'Bob' ]
  , [ 2, 'Steve' ] 
  ] 
})

instance.clear()

Clear / reset all table data

Alias: [reset]

instance.clearRows()

Reset all row data, maintains title and headings.

Install

With npm

npm install ascii-table

License

(The MIT License)

Copyright (c) 2013 Beau Sorensen

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the 'Software'), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

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