lightning:datatable not rendering correctly

All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

I’m having troubles with rendering my datatable correctly.
There are actions added but it seems the datatable is not high enough to view it correctly. Is it something I’m doing wrong? Or is it a bug?

Datatable printscreen

This is the code for the datatable

<div class="slds-text-heading_medium">Search results</div>
<lightning:datatable data="{! v.persondata }" 
                    columns="{! v.personcolumns }" 
                    onrowselection="{! c.getSelectedPerson }"

Here is the code for initializing the columns

//init datatable
component.set('v.personcolumns', [
            {label: 'Last Name', fieldName: 'LastName', type: 'text'},
            {label: 'First Name', fieldName: 'FirstName', type: 'text'},
            {label: 'Mailing Zip/ Postal Code', fieldName: 'PersonMailingPostalCode', type: 'text'},
            {label: 'Mailing City', fieldName: 'PersonMailingCity', type: 'text'},
            {label: 'Billing Street', fieldName: 'PersonMailingStreet', type: 'text'},
            {label: 'Email', fieldName: 'PersonEmail', type: 'text'},
            {label: 'Primary Phone', fieldName: 'PersonHomePhone', type: 'text'},
            {label: 'Secondary Phone', fieldName: 'PersonOtherPhone', type: 'text'},
            {type: 'action', typeAttributes: { rowActions: actions}}

And the code for adding data (the response is a list of Accounts)


How to solve :

I know you bored from this bug, So we are here to help you! Take a deep breath and look at the explanation of your problem. We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first method because it is tested & true method that will 100% work for you.

Method 1

A work around until the component handles this better itself is to use CSS of this nature in your component:

.THIS .slds-scrollable_y {min-height: 150px}

that sets the minimum height of the vertical scrolling region that lightning:datatable outputs:

<div tabindex="-1" class="slds-scrollable_y" style="width: 902px;">
    <table role="grid" class="slds-table ...

Some background info…

Maybe more of a clarification than an answer, but I tried a lightning:datatable where I could vary the number of rows. With quite a few rows, there is room for the menu to pop up below the selected row button and not be clipped, and when towards the bottom of the table the menu pops up above the selected row button elegantly handling the clipping problem there:

example lightning:datatable image

But yes for the small number of rows case, I see the same as you. Users can scroll to see the menu but that’s not great. An automatic minimum height of one row plus the height of the menu would be nice to have to address that.

Method 2

Setting slds-scrollably_y to a minimum height is one solution, but might look a bit odd with just a few rows.

A better solution would be to use overflow: visible;, like so:

.THIS .slds-scrollable_x { overflow: visible; }
.THIS .slds-scrollable_y { overflow: visible; }

This will allow the action menus to go over other elements, regardless of the height of the table.

Method 3

There is a better and documented way now!

As per documentation:

Resizing Tables and Columns

The width and height of the datatable is determined by the container element. A scroller is appended to the table body if there are more
rows to display. For example, you can restrict the height to 300px by
applying CSS styling to the container element.

<div style="height: 300px;">
    <!-- lightning:datatable goes here -->

You can even configure it using an attribute like this:

<aura:attribute name="heightInPixels" type="Integer" access="global" default="150" />

<div aura:id="dataTable" style="{! 'height: ' + v.heightInPixels + 'px;'}">
    <!-- lightning:datatable goes here -->

NOTE: VSCode might show a syntax error for the above code, you can just ignore it.

Method 4

There is a better way now to use "popover__body"

sample working code :-

const column = [ {col 1 blabla}, { col 2 blabla} , type: "action",
    typeAttributes: { rowActions: actions, menuAlignment: "slds-popover__body"}]

this will bring up the menu item menu pop over and do not hide inside even when one row is present in lightning data table

lightning:datatable not rendering correctly

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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