Digikey Sort By Price

Grr. Getting Digikey to sort by price using Greasemonkey and a nifty plugin to Firefox written by Alex Leone.

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I'm not the first person to request 'sort-by-price' on Digikey. I have no idea why Digikey would avoid a feature like this (perhaps special agreements with their suppliers?). So if you're like me and often need to find just the cheapest 2 by 1-to-4 mux, here's a quick tutorial to show you how to get sort-by-price on Digikey:

This works with Firefox. There may be options for IE/Chrome/Safari as well but I have not looked.

Step 1 - Install Greasemonkey for Firefox


Last night this worked great. But of course, this morning greasemonkey seems to have a corruption with the download of their newest version. So I downloaded one of the older versions - worked just fine.

Step 2 - Download the Digikey Sort By Price script by Alex Leone. Just click on the 'digikey_sort_by_price.user.js' link and Firefox will pull it in.

Now hit Digikey and enjoy the sort by price goodness.


Comments 30 comments

  • macetech / about 12 years ago / 6

    For a couple years I've been using Digikey's built in price sort feature. There's no script to do the work for you (yet), but at least my method uses Digikey's functions and works instantly across multiple pages, instead of having to download every single page and sort the results.
    The key is inside the source for a results page. For the columns that already can be sorted, you can see a ColumnSort value. Using trial and error, I determined that the correct ColumnSort value for ascending price sort is 1000011. You can construct a request to Digikey's server and end up with something like this: http://search.digikey.com/scripts/DkSearch/dksus.dll?Selection&Cat=2556317&k=74hc04&ColumnSort=1000011&stock=1
    That URL returns all the in-stock products matching the keyword "74hc04", sorted ascending by price. You can replace "74hc04" with any desired keyword. I imagine a script to implement this could replace the value of ColumnSort with 1000011 in any search request sent to DigiKey.

    • kitscuzz / about 12 years ago / 3

      BAM! Super simple:
      Make a bookmark with the following as the "location":
      Then instead of hitting the "view page" button, just hit that link! Instantly sorted by price! Thanks macetech!!!!!!!

      • AdShea / about 12 years ago / 1

        Now somebody just needs to write a greasemonkey to add the sort button like the other columns and call that code.

    • kitscuzz / about 12 years ago / 1

      This is really interesting! I wish there was some way of making the requests GET requests instead of post so that you could just edit the string and get the new results. I'm working on implementing a simple bookmark which will do searches in the way you just proposed now...

  • AlexLeone / about 12 years ago / 5

    Woot - I'm the creator of this script and seeing this on Sparkfun made my day!
    I've updated the script so it works natively on Google Chrome: get it at http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/50519 (the cache hasn't updated on the students.washington.edu webserver).

    • SpikedCola / about 12 years ago / 1

      Thanks for the Chrome integration, and the script itself too! This is a feature Ive been hoping for for awhile.

    • Hi Alex! Thanks for the awesome script. We use it quite often.

  • EGleason / about 12 years ago / 2

    nice script, although the replacing the images with text is a bit ugly. but you can change that back in the script if the mood strikes

  • bungalowsteve / about 12 years ago / 2

    use mouser.com, their price sort works

    • Allan2 / about 12 years ago / 1

      Mouser doesn't have a "in stock only" option, which is a little annoying.

      • russosv / about 12 years ago / 1

        They definitely do... it's circled in this picture. Been using Mouser for the last 3 years; personally I like their part search better than Digi-key.

      • drwho9437 / about 12 years ago / 1

        "Stocked" plus you can sort by stock...

    • Yvan256 / about 12 years ago / 1

      Digi-Key has extremely fast and cheap shipping for Canadian customers. Much faster, less expensive overall and less trouble than Mouser.

  • Member #230204 / about 8 years ago / 1

    what about a sparkfun search by price? :p

  • Smokeless / about 12 years ago / 1

    Alex has made a NEW version that has more features...
    you can: kill columns
    add filters
    have multi-tiered filtering
    Thanks again Alex!

  • It looks as though Digikey has now added this functionality to their search results pages. Quite nice actually, as they also allow for filtering on quantity (to remove the reel pricing).

  • wassabi / about 12 years ago / 1

    I had always sorted by quantity available. Parts with high quantities are often the cheapest. I will have to try this script out.

  • Ha! Brilliant script.

  • Psykhon / about 12 years ago / 1

    for those who use the the firefox`s digikey search engine, to make this script work just got to Tools ? Greasemonkey ? Manage User Scripts, on Included pages clock on Add and paste this:
    @Alex: Very nice job dude!

  • threepointone / about 12 years ago / 1

    WOW, thanks! especially to the built-in column sort, neat trick! can't believe I didn't figure that out earlier! I've got it bookmarked!
    Digikey should really thank us. The one biggest reason why I haven't been buying from digikey is the lack of the price sort--turns out, for us hobbyists, single-unit pricing is important. I've always liked DigiKey a bit better than mouser--they tend to have things stocked more often (last few projects, items from mouser went OOS right before I ordered, requiring me to find replacement parts. . .happens a lot more often than i'd like). Plus, their sort is honestly much better for part parameters--a lot of parts on mouser are not categorized properly. And, they have a much wider selection. Looks like it's time to switch over to digikey!

  • R0B0T1CS / about 12 years ago / 1

    Thanks, guys!
    Now do you think we could get price included in their search as a parameter?

  • OldFar-SeeingArt / about 12 years ago / 1

    Nate - outstanding tip!

  • superbrad / about 12 years ago / 1

    Awesome! For the times I've requested this, I'm sure my requests for this feature by now go straight to their junk mail box...
    Should have looked sideways! Darn blinders...

  • AdShea / about 12 years ago / 1

    There are also the Digikey Fixes scripts at http://consciousanima.net/projects/digikey-enhancements/ that make the page look a bit nicer and can sort price (but only one page at a time).

  • Hmmm / about 12 years ago / 1

    Could it be made to work on the Digi-Key frame in findchips.com or oemstrade.com?

  • esm / about 12 years ago / 1

    Just FYI, this works in Google Chrome too (at least version :) It's pretty spiffy to see it auto-grabbing multiple DigiKey result pages and auto-sorting the whole thing. Thanks for the link!

    • Chupas / about 12 years ago / 1

      unfortunately dosent save your settings (check boxes and max price settings) between sessions

    • esm / about 12 years ago / 1

      (Note: you don't need greasemonkey in Chrome, you get that for free there. ;)

      • Jesse B / about 12 years ago / 2

        You get GreaseMonkey in FireFox for free as well. It's just not included as 99% of users don't know anything about it.

  • Adam Davis / about 12 years ago / 1

    This might actually get me to install greasemonkey. Very nice, thanks for the tip!

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