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Hybrid UI Button Overview

Starting with the R2 2023 release, Kendo UI will no longer ship Hybrid UI components. This means that the R2 2023 will be the last release to include Kendo Hybrid in the Kendo UI package. See full announcement in Kendo jQuery blog post. The last stable version that we recommend to use for Kendo Hybrid components is R3 2022 SP1.

What's New in Kendo UI R2 2023

Getting Started

The Hybrid UI Application automatically initializes a the Hybrid UI Button widget for every element with the data-role attribute set to button and present in the markup of the views/layouts. Alternatively, it can be initialized by using jQuery plugin syntax in the containing mobile View init event handler. The button element may be either A or BUTTON.

Initialize from Markup

The example below demonstrates how to initialize the Hybrid UI Button based on the data-role attribute.

<a href="#foo" data-role="button">Foo</a>

Initialize Using jQuery

var button = $("#button").kendoMobileButton();



The Hybrid UI Button color can be customized by setting its background-color CSS property inline or by using a CSS selector with specificity of 20+. You can target platforms separately using their respective root CSS classes.

The example below demonstrates how to make a Hybrid UI Button green.

<a href="#foo" data-role="button" style="background-color: green">Foo</a>

The example below demonstrates how to make the green Button in iOS and a red one in Android.

    .km-ios .checkout { background-color: green; }
    .km-android .checkout { background-color: red; }

<a href="#foo" data-role="button" class="checkout">Foo</a>


A Button icon can be set in two ways:

  1. By adding an img element inside the Button li element.
  2. By setting a data-icon attribute to the Button li element.

The example below demonstrates how to use font icons with the data-icon attribute.

<a href="#search" data-role="button" data-icon="search">Search</a>

Kendo UI ships with several ready to use icons. The full list of predefined icons can be seen in the article on icons. Additional icons can be added by defining the respective CSS class. If the data-icon attribute is set to custom, the button receives the km-custom CSS class.


Check the article on icons for more information and how you can use custom icons in Kendo UI.

Nova Theme Features

Primary Button State

To activate the feature set km-primary class to the button.

<a data-role="button" class="km-primary">Primary Button</a>


There are three predefined sizes—small, medium (default) and large. To apply different than the default size set km-small or km-large class.

The example below demonstrates a small Button.

<a data-role="button" class="km-small">Small Button</a>

The example below demonstrates a large Button.

<a data-role="button" class="km-large">Large Button</a>


To activate this feature set km-justified class to the button.

The example below demonstrates how to justify the position of the Button.

<a data-role="button" class="km-justified">Justified Button</a>

To activate this feature set km-link-button class.

<a data-role="button" class="km-link-button">Link Button</a>

Icon-Only Button

To achieve this outcome do not set text to the button.

<a data-role="button" data-icon="home"></a>

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