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Bug when one DataTable is used to generate another DataTable

Hi there,

We’ve been using DataTables and they are really great. Just one thing happenned recently and I cannot understand why. It seems to me it is a bug. I’ve constructed a minimalistic example based on the same data as in the user guide here.

Here is a screenshot of the app:

What I intend is that, when someone clicks on a row in the upper table, the lower table displays all countries in the selected continent (and may select a new representative country for the country, that is brought back to the upper table - this last bit is not done here).

Two bugs (I think) happen with the code:

  1. Selection in the upper table works but instantly the row is deselected again.
  2. Even though the lower table is generated with the option selected_rows=[0], the default selected row is always the last one that was selected: if you select Benin for Africa, and then switch to Asian countries, then Bangladesh will be selected and not Afghanistan (see below).

Here Benin is selected. Now if I switch to Asian countries (by selecting Asia in the upper table), I should see Afghanistan selected (considering what my callback returns - see code at the end). But Bangladesh is.

(Also, see how no row is selected in the upper table…)

Am i missing something?

Here is my code:

import dash
from dash.dependencies import Input, Output
import dash_table
import dash_core_components as dcc
import dash_html_components as html
import pandas as pd

df = pd.read_csv('https://raw.githubusercontent.com/plotly/datasets/master/gapminder2007.csv')

df_regions = df.groupby('continent')['country'].first().reset_index()
df_regions.rename(columns={'country': 'representative'}, inplace=True)

app = dash.Dash(__name__)

app.layout = html.Div([
            {"name": i, "id": i, "deletable": True} for i in df_regions.columns

    Output('datatable-countries-container', "children"),
    [Input('datatable-regions', "data"),
     Input('datatable-regions', "selected_rows")])
def serve_representative_country_selection_table(data, rows):
    selected_row = rows[0]
    selected_continent = data[selected_row]['continent']

    c = (df['continent'] == selected_continent)
    dft = df.loc[c].drop(columns=['continent'])

    table = dash_table.DataTable(
            {"name": i, "id": i, "deletable": True} for i in dft.columns

    return html.Div([html.P(f"Please select a representative for {selected_continent}:"), table])

if __name__ == '__main__':


Thanks for reporting! This indeed looks like a bug to me. I’ve created an issue in dash-table here to discuss with engineering: https://github.com/plotly/dash-table/issues/323

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Hi @chriddyp, any news on this one? Just to know if it is something you think may be fixed soon or if we need to switch to a different way of doing. Thanks!