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Download and Installation Overview

This article provides general information on the Kendo UI distributions that you can download as well as the available Kendo UI installation and widget initialization approaches.

To gain the hands-on experience, refer to the respective articles in the Getting Started section of the Kendo UI documentation—for example, the article on how to host Kendo UI in your project.

Downloading Kendo UI

Kendo UI comes in trial, commercial, and free distributions. Depending on your preferences and the requirements of your project, you can:

Kendo UI also offers various download approaches which allow you to use the technology with which you feel most comfortable to work with:

  • Kendo UI for jQuery uses the Bower web package manager which handles frameworks, libraries, assets, and utilities. The library maintains the Kendo UI Core and the Kendo UI Professional Bower packages which provide all official releases, service packs, and internal Kendo UI for jQuery builds.

    For more information, refer to the article on installing Kendo UI as a Bower package.

  • To install Kendo UI for jQuery widgets, you can use the available Kendo UI CDN services which are hosted on Amazon CloudFront.

    For more information, refer to the article on installing Kendo UI by using CDN.

  • Another approach to install Kendo UI is by accessing the Node Package Manager (NPM) JavaScript package manager and downloading the available Kendo UI packages on NPM.

    For more information, refer to the article on installing Kendo UI with NPM.

  • If you are a registered user, you can use the available Kendo UI NuGet packages from the private Kendo UI NuGet feed. NuGet is an open-source .NET package manager which hosts Kendo UI packages for the jQuery and ASP.NET MVC flavors.

    For more information, refer to the article on installing Kendo UI with NuGet.

  • You can also install part of the Kendo UI for jQuery widgets and framework components that your project requires and include only what you need by picking the combined or individual scripts, by building a custom combined script, or by using Gulp to build a custom script.

    For more information, refer to the article on creating your own custom bundles with Kendo UI.

Initializing the Widgets

Once you have installed Kendo UI and referenced the needed CSS and JavaScript files, you can move on and initialize the desired Kendo UI widgets.

The Kendo UI documentation includes an Overview article for each Kendo UI widget which provides information on the individual initialization approaches—for example, the Overview of the Grid.

All Kendo UI widgets are registered as jQuery plugins which means that you can instantiate each widget on a jQuery object instance.

Apart from the jQuery plugin syntax, the widgets can also be instantiated through markup from custom HTML attributes.

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