Implementing a Minimal Angular Material Data Table With Sorting

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Building on our previous minimal data table adding sorting:



Import the MatSortModule :

import { MatSortModule } from '@angular/material/sort';


Add the matSort and mat-sort-header directives:


First grab the template sort directive with the @ViewChild and AfterViewInitdirectives and import them into the component containing the table like this:

import { ViewChild, AfterViewInit } from '@angular/core';

And place this in the AppComponent class body:

@ViewChild(MatSort, {static: false}) sort: MatSort;

Then configure the data source like this:

ngAfterViewInit() {
this.dataSource.sort = this.sort;

Note that we have implemented the AfterViewInit interface like this:

export class AppComponent implements OnInit, AfterViewInit {...}

If this.dataSource.sort is set in ngOnInit the sort will most likely not work.





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Ole Ersoy

Ole Ersoy

Founder of Firefly Semantics Corporation