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2020 Releases

This article lists the breaking changes in the Kendo UI 2020 releases.

Kendo UI 2020 R3 SP1


Changed appearance in Less-based themes of the Upload action buttons that are rendered when the async.autoUpload option is set to false.

Reverting to the previous appearance is possible by utilizing the following styles:

.k-upload .k-action-buttons {
    padding: 0;
    align-items: stretch;
    border-bottom-right-radius: 0;
    border-bottom-left-radius: 0;
    border-width: 1px 0 0;
    border-top-width: 1px;
    border-style: solid;
    display: flex;
    flex-direction: row;
    flex-shrink: 0;
    flex-basis: auto;
    overflow: hidden;
    border-color: transparent;

.k-upload .k-action-buttons .k-button {
    background-clip: border-box;
    border-radius: 0;
    margin: 0;
    padding: 12px 16px;
    border-width: 0;
    text-overflow: ellipsis;
    flex: 1 0 0%;
    flex-grow: 1;
    flex-grow: 1;
    display: inline-block;
    overflow: hidden;
    width: auto;
    max-width: 100%;

<input type="file" name="files" id="photos" />

        async: {
            saveUrl: "http://my-app.localhost/save",
            removeUrl: "http://my-app.localhost/remove",
            autoUpload: false

Kendo UI 2020 R3


Deprecated configuration options and methods:

Old configuration/method New configuration/method
appearance shape
badgeStyle fill
color themeColor
look fill
overlay use position: "edge" and align:"top end"
placement position
position align
value text
value() text()


As of the Kendo UI 2020 R3 release, the Scheduler RecurrenceEditor will be rendered as a ButtonGroup and not a DropDownList. Apart from that, in the Weekly recurrence view the days selection is also displayed as a ButtonGroup instead of checkboxes.

Kendo UI 2020 R2

Pager, Grid, TreeList, ListView

  • The responsive Pager no longer has the k-pager-lg breakpoint and class.
  • The page numbers drop-down of the responsive Pager is now an HTML select element.

Rendering changes in ListView

Starting with 2020 R2, the ListView adds a wrapper element for the items in the list. This aims to add appearance improvements of the widget.

If you need to remove the new wrapper element <div class="k-listview-content"> you can add a new Listview property contentElement, with an empty string value:

            dataSource: dataSource,
            contentElement: "",
            template: kendo.template($("#template").html())

Disabled buttons in Editor toolbar

Starting with 2020 R2, disabled buttons in editor toolbar will no longer be hidden, but instead be visible. The change is a preparation for the replacing of the custom editor toolbar with the actual Kendo UI for jQuery toolbar and is part of a bigger story to reuse components and enforce consistency, instead of creating ad-hoc ones that differ ever so slightly.

Visual changes in Scheduler toolbar

A part of the same story is changing the Scheduler toolbar to be visually identical to the stand-alone toolbar. Again, this is a preparation for future changes in the Scheduler toolbar.

Visual changes in Scheduler events

Working in the direction of improving visual accessibility, we have removed a white overlay from Scheduler events when using Default v2 theme (kendo-theme-default). While visually appealing, the white overlay reduced contrast between the event background and event text and in terms reduce visual accessibility.


As of Kendo UI 2020 R2 we have reworked the Kendo Validator with improved styling for messages, which differ significantly from the existing. While not recommended, reverting to the previous behavior is possible by tweaking the errorTemplate and some styles:

    errorTemplate: '' +
        '<span class="k-tooltip k-tooltip-error k-validator-tooltip">' +
            '<span class="k-tooltip-icon k-icon k-i-warning"></span>' +
            '<span class="k-tooltip-content">#= message #</span>' +
    /* Styles for validation messages */
    span.k-widget.k-validator-tooltip {
        margin: 0; /* removes margin */
        width: 160px; /* set width */
        display; inline-flex; /* changes the appearance from block to inline */
        text-align: left; /* aligns the text */


As of Kendo UI 2020 R2, the k-header class has been removed from the Window rendering.


As of Kendo UI 2020 R2 the template property does not receive value as parameter. The text option can be used instead.

<button>Button <span id="badge"></span></button>
        text: 1234,
        template: function() {
            var text = this.options.text;
            return text > 99 ? 'A lot' : text;

Kendo UI 2020 R1 SP1

Grid, Spreadsheet, Filter

As of the Kendo UI 2020 R1 SP1 release, styled native checkboxes are used in the widgets. The label element with k-checkbox-label CSS class is removed as it is not necessary for styling.

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