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Detect Input change Events in the DropDownList


Product Progress® Kendo UI® DropDownList for jQuery
Operating System Windows 10 64bit
Visual Studio Version Visual Studio 2017
Preferred Language JavaScript


The change event of the DropDownList fires when the value of the widget is changed by the user. How can I detect changes in the input of the Kendo UI DropDownList?


The following example demonstrates how to achieve the desired scenario.

  <div id="example">
    <div class="demo-section k-header">
      <h4 class="title">DropDownList</h4>
      <input id="dropdownlist" style="width: 400px;"/>
    <div class="box">                
      <h4>Console log</h4>
      <div class="console"></div>
      $(document).ready(function() {
        function widgetChange(e) {
          var value = this.value();
          $(".console").append("<p>event: change (widget) -- selected value: " + value + "</p>");

        function inputChange() {
          var val = $("#dropdownlist").val()
          $(".console").append("<p>event: change (input)-- selected value: " + val + "</p>");

        var data = [
          {text: "Item1", value:"1"},
          {text: "Item2", value:"2"},
          {text: "Item3", value:"3"}

          dataTextField: "text",
          dataValueField: "value",
          dataSource: data,
          change: widgetChange

    <style scoped>
      .demo-section {
        width: 400px;

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