Fired when the user try to edit or create a data item, before the editor is created. Can be used for preventing the editing depending on custom logic.

The event handler function context (available via the this keyword) will be set to the widget instance.

The event will be fired only when the Grid is selectable.

Event Data


The data item which is going to be edited. Use its isNew method to check if the data item is new (created) or not (edited).

e.sender kendo.ui.Grid

The widget instance which fired the event.

Example - subscribe to the "beforeEdit" event during initialization

<div id="grid"></div>
  columns: [
    { field: "id" },
    { field: "name" },
    { field: "age" },
    { command: "edit" }
  dataSource: {
    data: [
      { id: 1, name: "Jane Doe", age: 30 },
      { id: 2, name: "John Doe", age: 33 }
    schema: {
      model: {
        id: "id",
        fields: {
          "id": { type: "number" }
  editable: "popup",
  beforeEdit: function(e) {
    if (!e.model.isNew()) {
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