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Render External Content in Diagram Shapes


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


How can I render external content in the shapes of the Kendo UI for jQuery Diagram?


The Diagram is rendered through the Drawing API.

The shape visual templates allow you to override the rendering entirely as demonstrated in the Basic Usage demo. In addition to the manual drawing of the shapes, you can use the HTML Drawing feature to convert existing document content into static drawings.

      .container {
        /* Move rendering container off-screen */
        position: absolute;
        left: -4000px;

        /* Set dimensions */
        width: 100px;
        height: 100px;

      .shape {
        width: 100px;
        border: 2px solid red;
        text-align: center;
        padding-bottom: 10px;

      .title {
        font-size: 20px;
        margin: 5px 0 20px 0;

    <script id="template" type="text/x-kendo-template">
      <div class="shape">
        <div class='title'>#= title #</div>
        Foo Bar

    <div id="diagram"></div>
      // Import the Drawing API namespaces
      var geom = kendo.geometry;
      var draw = kendo.drawing;

      // Compile the shape template
      var contentTemplate = kendo.template($("#template").html());

      function visualTemplate(options) {
        // Render template and bind it to the current data item
        var dataItem = options.dataItem;
        var renderElement = $("<div style='display:inline-block' />").appendTo("body");

        // Create a new group that will hold the rendered content
        var output = new kendo.drawing.Group();
        var width = renderElement.width();
        var height = renderElement.height();
        // Create a rectangle using the renderElement dimensions to expand the group while waiting for its actual content
        var geom = new kendo.geometry.Rect([0, 0], [width, height]);
        output.append(new kendo.drawing.Rect(geom, { stroke: { width: 0 }}));

          .then(function(group) {
          /* Remove helper rectangle */


          /* Clean-up */

        var visual = new kendo.dataviz.diagram.Group();

        return visual;

      var data = [{
        title: "Foo",
        items: [{
          title: "Bar"

        dataSource: {
          data: data,
          schema: {
            model: {
              children: "items"
          type: "tree",
          subtype: "right"
        shapeDefaults: {
          visual: visualTemplate

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