Setting the Operators

The Filter provides options for defining which filter operators will be displayed in the filtering drop-down.

The operators field takes a literal with the available operators for each field type and you can list the desired operators together with their text.

The following example demonstrates how to set the equals and contains filter operators to the string fields and the greater than and less than filter operators to the numerical fields.

<div id="filter"></div>
<ul id="listView"></ul>

<script type="text/x-kendo-template" id="item">
        <strong>#= name #</strong>, aged #= age #, is on vacation: #= isOnLeave #

    $(document).ready(function () {
        var dataSource = new{
            data: [
                { name: "Jane Doe", age: "25", isOnLeave: false },
                { name: "John Doe", age: "33", isOnLeave: true },
                { name: "John Smith", age: "37", isOnLeave: true },
                { name: "Nathan Doe", age: 42, isOnLeave: false }
            schema: {
                model: {
                    fields: {
                        name: { type: "string" },
                        age: { type: "number" },
                        isOnLeave: { type: "boolean" }

            dataSource: dataSource,

            operators: {
                string: {
                    eq: kendo.ui.Filter.fn.options.operators.string.eq, // Take the default Kendo UI text.
                    contains: "Partially Matches" // Define a custom text.
                number: {
                    gte: "Larger Than", // Define a custom text.
                    lt: // Take the default Kendo UI text.

            expressionPreview: true, // Shows a text preview of the filter expression.
            applyButton: true, // Shows the built-in Apply button.
            fields: [ // Defining the fields is not mandatory. Otherwise, they will be taken from the data source schema.
                // If you define the fields, their names and types must match the data source definition.
                { name: "name", type: "string", label: "Name" },
                { name: "age", type: "number", label: "Age" },
                { name: "isOnLeave", type: "boolean", label: "On Vacation" }
            expression: { // Defining an initial filter expression is not required.
                logic: "and",
                filters: [
                    { field: "age", value: 30, operator: "gte" },
                    { field: "name", value: "Doe", operator: "contains" }
        // Chain the method call to immediately apply filtering after the widget initialization because an initial filter is set.

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

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