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Create Reorderable Grid with Restricted Rows by Using the Sortable


Product Progress Kendo UI Sortable for jQuery
Operating System Windows 10 64bit
Visual Studio version Visual Studio 2017
Preferred Language JavaScript


How can I reorder Grid rows using the Kendo UI Sortable widget and disable the top rows from reordering?


The following example demonstrates how to achieve the desired scenario.

    <div id="grid" style="width: 800px; margin: 0 auto;"></div>
    <script src=""></script>

      var grid = $("#grid").kendoGrid({
        dataSource: {
          data: products,
          schema: {
            model: {
              fields: {
                ProductName: { type: "string" },
                UnitPrice: { type: "number" },
                UnitsInStock: { type: "number" },
                Discontinued: { type: "boolean" }
          pageSize: 16
        scrollable: false,
        columns: [
          { field: "UnitPrice", title: "Unit Price", format: "{0:c}", width: "130px" },
          { field: "UnitsInStock", title: "Units In Stock", width: "130px" },
          { field: "Discontinued", width: "130px" }
        dataBound: function() {
          // Add the class to the rows that do not have to reordered.
          this.tbody.find("tr:lt(" + RESTRICTED_ROWS_NUMBER + ")").addClass("restricted");

        filter: ">tbody >tr:not(.restricted)",
        hint: function(element) { // Customize the hint.
          var table = $('<table style="width: 600px;" class="k-grid k-widget"></table>'),

          table.append(element.clone()); // Append the dragged element.
          table.css("opacity", 0.7);

          return table; // Return the hint element.
        cursor: "move",
        placeholder: function(element) {
          return $('<tr colspan="4" class="placeholder"></tr>');
        change: function(e) {
          // The oldIndex and newIndex parameters are calculated among the table rows that match the filter.
          // Since the restricted rows do not match the filter, they will not be considered when the index is calculated.
          var skip = grid.dataSource.skip(),
              oldIndex = e.oldIndex + skip + RESTRICTED_ROWS_NUMBER, // Manually add the restricted rows number to normalize the index.
              newIndex = e.newIndex + skip + RESTRICTED_ROWS_NUMBER, // Manually add the restricted rows number to normalize the index.
              data =,
              dataItem = grid.dataSource.getByUid("uid"));

          grid.dataSource.insert(newIndex, dataItem);
      .k-grid tbody tr:not(.restricted) {
        cursor: move;

      tr.restricted, tr.restricted:hover {
        background-color: #4ddbff;

      .placeholder {
        outline-style: dashed;
        outline-width: 1px;
        outline-color: red;

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