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How to export a HTML table to Excel supported by Chrome and IE?

On my MVC project I have a HTML table bound with Knockout.

I’m trying to Export the table to Excel.

I tried on client side with JavaScript:

self.exportToExcel = function () {
    javascript:'data:application/,' + $("#tableToprint").innerHTML());


var tableToExcel = (function () {
var uri = 'data:application/;base64,'
, template = '<html xmlns:o="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" xmlns:x="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:excel" xmlns=""><head><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml><x:ExcelWorkbook><x:ExcelWorksheets><x:ExcelWorksheet><x:Name>{worksheet}</x:Name><x:WorksheetOptions><x:DisplayGridlines/></x:WorksheetOptions></x:ExcelWorksheet></x:ExcelWorksheets></x:ExcelWorkbook></xml><![endif]--></head><body><table cellspacing="0" rules="rows" border="1" style="color:Black;background-color:White;border-color:#CCCCCC;border-width:1px;border-style:None;width:100%;border-collapse:collapse;font-size:9pt;text-align:center;">{table}</table></body></html>'
, base64 = function (s) { return window.btoa(unescape(encodeURIComponent(s))) }
, format = function (s, c) { return s.replace(/{(w+)}/g, function (m, p) { return c[p]; }) }
return function (table, name) {
    if (!table.nodeType) table = document.getElementById(table)
    var ctx = { worksheet: name || 'Worksheet', table: table.innerHTML }
    if (navigator.msSaveBlob) {
        var blob = new Blob([format(template, ctx)], { type: 'application/', endings: 'native' });
        navigator.msSaveBlob(blob, 'export.xlsx')
    } else {
        window.location.href = uri + base64(format(template, ctx))

But both codes work in Chrome but not in IE.

I would like to do it on client side using JavaScript or jQuery but if there is not a solution that is supported by both browsers I can also do it in server side with an AJAX Post Request to my Web API.

How can I export a HTML table to Excel supported by Chrome and IE using JavaScript/jQuery OR AJAX and Web API?

Any advice?


I use the eligrey.filesaver then just use it as


based on jparaya’s answer I created a little sample in plunker, to save the file with filesaver It does the same as jparaya’s code except for the saving part:

function fnExcelReport(id, name) {
  var tab_text = '<html xmlns:x="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:excel">';
  tab_text = tab_text + '<head><xml><x:ExcelWorkbook><x:ExcelWorksheets><x:ExcelWorksheet>';
  tab_text = tab_text + '<x:Name>Test Sheet</x:Name>';
  tab_text = tab_text + '<x:WorksheetOptions><x:Panes></x:Panes></x:WorksheetOptions></x:ExcelWorksheet>';
  tab_text = tab_text + '</x:ExcelWorksheets></x:ExcelWorkbook></xml></head><body>';
  tab_text = tab_text + "<table border='1px'>";
  var exportTable = $('#' + id).clone();
  exportTable.find('input').each(function (index, elem) { $(elem).remove(); });
  tab_text = tab_text + exportTable.html();
  tab_text = tab_text + '</table></body></html>';
  var fileName = name + '_' + parseInt(Math.random() * 10000000000) + '.xls';
  //Save the file
  var blob = new Blob([tab_text], { type: "application/;charset=utf-8" })
  window.saveAs(blob, fileName);