Drawer Overview

The Kendo UI Drawer widget is a dismissible panel used for navigation in responsive web applications or for changing a content of a section in the page.


The drawer widget has two modes of interaction - overlay(default) and push and two positions - left(default) and right which determine the side from which the drawer will appear. It has gesture support and also features mini mode which makes the drawer always partly visible and allows the user to reveal its full content either with a gesture or by calling the show() method of the widget.

Display Modes

Overlay Mode

The overlay mode is not associated with any content. The drawer appears on top of the page contents from the side which is configured in the position setting. To show the drawer either swipe or drag with mouse or call the show() method of the widget. The drawer closes on click/tap of any of the options or on the overlay.

Push Mode

The push mode is associated with specific page content and the element from which the widget is initialized should wrap that content. When the drawer opens it will push that content to the side. It is designed for wider screens (desktop/tablet). To show the drawer either swipe or drag with mouse or call the show() method of the widget. The drawer closes on click/tap of any of the options or on the associated content.

The height of the widget is determined by the higher content of the two - the template of the widget or the wrapped content it is associated with. The minHeight setting can be used to prevent the content from changing its height as the user toggles the drawer options.

Mini Mode

The mini option can be activated with both overlay and push modes by enabling the mini configuration option. If set to true, it will use the default width of 50px and the main template. You can set it to an object and change both the partially visible mini.width and mini.template.


To distinguish the items within the template when the user interacts with the drawer, add the data-role="drawer-item" attribute to each item template. If you wish to add a separator between the drawer items use the data-role="drawer-separator" attribute.

The Kendo UI Drawer widget has two configurable templates - the main template of the widget and the mini.template.

Icons can be added with a span with class k-icon combined with the desired web font icons class. To ensure that the icons and text have sufficient padding wrap the item template text in a span with class k-item-text.

template: "<ul><li data-role='drawer-item'><span class='k-icon k-i-eye'></span><span class='k-item-text'>See More</span></li></ul>"


You can create a Drawer in any of the following ways:

jQuery Initialization

You can create a Kendo UI Drawer by using an HTML element and a template.


    <div id="overlay-drawer"></div>
    <button class="k-button k-primary" onclick="show()">Show</button>
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    <script id="drawer-template" type="text/x-kendo-template">
            <li data-role='drawer-item'>First Item</li>
            <li data-role='drawer-separator'></li>
            <li data-role='drawer-item'>Second Item</li>
              <li data-role='drawer-separator'></li>
            <li data-role='drawer-item'>Third Item</li>

      var drawer = $("#overlay-drawer").kendoDrawer({
        template: $("#drawer-template").html(),

      function show(e) {

MVVM Initialization

The following example demonstrates how to initialize a Drawer with MVVM.


    <div id="example">
      <div data-role="drawer"
           data-template="<ul><li data-role='drawer-item'><span>First Item</span></li><li data-role='drawer-separator'></li><li data-role='drawer-item'><span>Second Item</span></li><li data-role='drawer-item' class='k-state-selected'><span>Third Item</span></li></ul>">
        <h1 class="my-content">Swipe or drag me to the right <span class="k-icon k-i-arrow-chevron-right"></span></h1>
      var viewModel = kendo.observable({});
      kendo.bind($("#example"), viewModel);
      .k-i-arrow-chevron-right {
        font-size:  2em;

      .my-content {
        height: 200px;

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