Kendo UI for jQuery TileLayout Overview

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The TileLayout is part of Kendo UI for jQuery, a professional grade UI library with 110+ components for building modern and feature-rich applications. To try it out sign up for a free 30-day trial.

The TileLayout widget is available as of Kendo UI R2 2020(v2020.2.513).

The Kendo UI TileLayout widget allows you configure a two-dimensional grid-based sandbox surface to display content in tiles which can be dragged around and rearranged to create any modern page design.

It is based on the CSS Grid(with all its features) which covers the majority of cases and uses additional JavaScript logic to provide resizing, reordering and templates customizations.

Initializing the TileLayout

To initialize the TileLayout, use the <div> tag. Specify the number of columns at root level and use the rowSpan and colSpan of the containers to position the content in the available grid space.

The example below will render a grid with two columns which can be resized both vertically and horizontally.

    <div id="tilelayout"></div>

            containers: [{
                colSpan: 1,
                header: {
                    text: "Item one"
                bodyTemplate: "Item one body"
            }, {
                colSpan: 1,
                header: {
                    text: "Item two"
                bodyTemplate: "Item two body"
            columns: 3,
            height: 200,
            resizable: true

Grid Layout configuration

The Kendo UI TileLayout available grid space is defined by using the columns property. The number of rows in which the tiles will be displayed will automatically adjust. The columns and rows have a default width of 1fr which can be modified by using the columnsWidth and rowsHeight properties.

The rowsHeight and columnsWidth properties value sets the maximum height/width the rows or columns of the widget will stretch to. Dependent on resizing, content and user interactions with the layout, they may be less than the set value.

TileLayout configuration

Each tile can span across several rows and columns. The space that the tile takes up is determined by its container rowSpan and colSpan. For more information about the containers and their configurable properties, see the containers article.


The grid lines between the rows and columns can be configured by specifying the gaps.columns for the vertical space between the tiles and the gaps.rows for the horizontal spacing.

These properties are also known as the gutters between the rows/columns.

Referencing Existing Instances

To get a reference to an existing TileLayout instance:

  1. Use the method.
  2. Once a reference is established, use the TileLayout API to control its behavior.

    var tilelayout = $("#tilelayout").data("kendoTileLayout");

Functionality and Features

Known Limitations

Currently, the component is not supported in Internet Explorer as the browser does not support gutters.

See Also

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