WP List Table Tutorial – What is WP_List_Table Class?

In the WordPress dashboard, the tables that displays the posts, pages and user data are all created internally by WordPress using the WP_List_Table PHP class.

WP_List_Table is base class for displaying a list of items in an ajaxified HTML table.

Throughout WordPress the class WP_List_Table is used to display data, e.g. users, plugins, comments, or posts. The class contains almost all necessary methods for displaying, sorting, paginating, and searching data.

Class WP_List_Table is found inside /wp-admin/includes/class-wp-list-table.php. We will use this class to use table functionality of wordpress.

By using WP_List_Table class we can do these functions with a table –

  • Set a basic wordpress table
  • Sorting of tabular data
  • Actions & Bulk actions of table
  • Pagination
  • Searching
  • Screen Options

To use WP_List_Table class we need to extends this table class. By creating an instance of this class we can use all methods.

class Example_List_Table extends WP_List_Table {}

$example_obj = new Example_List_Table();

Here are the following methods provided by WP_List_Table to use –


  • __call — Make private/protected methods readable for backward compatibility.
  • __construct — Constructor.
  • __get — Make private properties readable for backward compatibility.
  • __isset — Make private properties checkable for backward compatibility.
  • __set — Make private properties settable for backward compatibility.
  • __unset — Make private properties un-settable for backward compatibility.
  • _js_vars — Sends required variables to JavaScript land.
  • ajax_response — Handles an incoming ajax request (called from admin-ajax.php)
  • ajax_user_can — Checks the current user’s permissions
  • bulk_actions — Displays the bulk actions dropdown.
  • column_cb
  • column_default
  • comments_bubble — Displays a comment count bubble.
  • current_action — Gets the current action selected from the bulk actions dropdown.
  • display — Displays the table.
  • display_rows — Generates the table rows.
  • display_rows_or_placeholder — Generates the tbody element for the list table.
  • display_tablenav — Generates the table navigation above or below the table
  • extra_tablenav — Extra controls to be displayed between bulk actions and pagination.
  • get_bulk_actions — Retrieves the list of bulk actions available for this table.
  • get_column_count — Returns the number of visible columns.
  • get_column_info — Gets a list of all, hidden, and sortable columns, with filter applied.
  • get_columns — Gets a list of columns.
  • get_default_primary_column_name — Gets the name of the default primary column.
  • get_items_per_page — Gets the number of items to display on a single page.
  • get_pagenum — Gets the current page number.
  • get_pagination_arg — Access the pagination args.
  • get_primary_column — Public wrapper for WP_List_Table::get_default_primary_column_name().
  • get_primary_column_name — Gets the name of the primary column.
  • get_sortable_columns — Gets a list of sortable columns.
  • get_table_classes — Gets a list of CSS classes for the WP_List_Table table tag.
  • get_views — Gets the list of views available on this table.
  • handle_row_actions — Generates and display row actions links for the list table.
  • has_items — Whether the table has items to display or not
  • months_dropdown — Displays a dropdown for filtering items in the list table by month.
  • no_items — Message to be displayed when there are no items
  • pagination — Displays the pagination.
  • prepare_items — Prepares the list of items for displaying.
  • print_column_headers — Prints column headers, accounting for hidden and sortable columns.
  • row_actions — Generates the required HTML for a list of row action links.
  • search_box — Displays the search box.
  • set_pagination_args — An internal method that sets all the necessary pagination arguments
  • single_row — Generates content for a single row of the table.
  • single_row_columns — Generates the columns for a single row of the table.
  • view_switcher — Displays a view switcher.
  • views — Displays the list of views available on this table.

We will use above methods to work with wordpress WP_List_Table.

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