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Customization

Each Kendo UI theme package includes the source files of the respective theme and, thus, provides options for you to modify and rebuild the theme as part of your build process.

For example, you can change the theme colors, remove the CSS of unused components, or use specific theme colors to style your application. The theme source files are located in the scss folder of the theme package.

For the full list of variables that can be modified in a theme, refer to the Using Variables section.

To build a custom theme by using the theme variables, apply any of the following approaches:

Using the Build Process of the Application

To customize a Sass-based theme, create a .scss file and consume the theme package in the following way:

  1. Obtain the theme source through the NPM package.

    npm install @progress/kendo-theme-default
    
  2. Create a .scss file that will consume the theme. For the purposes of the example, this is styles.scss.

  3. To build the theme files, import them into the styles.scss file.

    @import "node_modules/@progress/kendo-theme-default/dist/all.scss";
    

    The dist/all file adds the styles for all components that are available in the theme. To trim down the size of the generated CSS, import only the source for the components that you use in your application. Each of them could be found in scss/ folder.

    // Import only the Grid and TreeView styles using Node Sass
    @import "~@progress/kendo-theme-default/scss/grid/_index.scss";
    @import "~@progress/kendo-theme-default/scss/treeview/_index.scss";
    
    // or using Dart Sass
    @import "~@progress/kendo-theme-default/scss/grid/";
    @import "~@progress/kendo-theme-default/scss/treeview/";
    
  4. To customize the variables that are used in the theme, change the theme before you import the theme files.

    $primary: #E82C0C; // brand color
    
    @import "~@progress/kendo-theme-default/dist/all.scss";
    
  5. Build the styles.scss file through a Sass compiler.

    To use Node Sass (which uses LibSass), install the compiler with npm install node-sass --save and then compile the file with the following command

    node-sass styles.scss styles.css
    

    To use Dart Sass, install the compiler with npm install node-sass@npm:sass --save and then compile the file with the following command

    sass styles.scss styles.css
    

Using the Build Process of the Themes

While each Sass-based theme has a dedicated NPM package (for example, @progress/kendo-theme-default), the source code for all themes is located in the kendo-themes repository which contains a build task that compiles the theme sources to CSS.

To customize a theme, modify the source code of the theme and use the build task to produce a CSS file for your application. This approach avoids the need for a setting up a build configuration when you compile SCSS, but may be harder to maintain as the process has to be repeated each time a theme is updated.

Customizing the Source Code

To create a custom theme by modifying the themes source code:

  1. Clone the kendo-themes GitHub repository.
  2. Install the dependencies for all themes with npm run setup.
  3. Customize the theme variables in the packages/THEME_NAME/scss/_variables.scss files.
  4. Build the themes with the npm run sass or npm run dart command to create the customized version of the themes in the packages/THEME_NAME/dist/all.css file.
  5. After the build completes, reference the compiled CSS in your application.

Using the ThemeBuilder

Progress Sass Theme Builder for Kendo UI is an Angular web application that enables you to create new or customize existing themes.

For additional information, visit the ThemeBuilder documentation article in the Sass-Themes section.

Using Variables

The following list describes the theme variables available for adjustment in the Kendo UI Default theme.

The following example demonstrates how to use common variables.

Name Default value Description
$font-size 14px Base font size across all components.
$font-family inherit Font family across all components.
$font-family-monospace Consolas, "Ubuntu Mono", "Lucida Console", "Courier New", monospace Font family for monospaced text. Used for styling the code.
$line-height (20 / 14) Line height used along with $font-size.
$border-radius 2px Border radius for all components.
$accent #ff6358 The color that focuses the user attention.
Used for primary buttons and for elements of primary importance across the theme.
$accent-contrast #ffffff The color used along with the accent color denoted by $accent.
Used to provide contrast between the background and foreground colors.
$base-text #656565 The text color of the components' chrome area.
$base-bg #f6f6f6 The background of the components' chrome area.
$base-border rgba( black, .08 ) The border color of the components' chrome area.
$base-gradient $base-bg, darken( $base-bg, 2% ) The gradient background of the components' chrome area.
$hovered-text #656565 The text color of hovered items.
$hovered-bg #ededed The background of hovered items.
$hovered-border rgba( black, .15 ) The border color of hovered items.
$hovered-gradient $hovered-bg, darken( $hovered-bg, 2% ) The gradient background of hovered items.
$selected-text $accent-contrast The text color of selected items.
$selected-bg $accent The background of selected items.
$selected-border rgba( black, .1 ) The border color of selected items.
$selected-gradient none The gradient background of selected items.
$error #f5503e The color for error messages and states.
$warning #fdce3e The color for warning messages and states.
$success #5ec232 The color for success messages and states.
$info #3e80ed The color for informational messages and states.

The following example demonstrates how to configure the Buttons.

Name Default value Description
$button-text $base-text The text color of the buttons.
$button-bg $base-bg The background of the buttons.
$button-border $base-border The border color of the buttons.
$button-gradient $base-gradient The background gradient of the buttons.
$button-hovered-text $hovered-text The text color of hovered buttons.
$button-hovered-bg $hovered-bg The background of hovered buttons.
$button-hovered-border $hovered-border The border color of hovered buttons.
$button-hovered-gradient $hovered-gradient The background gradient of hovered buttons.
$button-pressed-text $selected-text The text color of pressed buttons.
$button-pressed-bg $selected-bg The background color of pressed buttons.
$button-pressed-border $selected-border The border color of pressed buttons.
$button-pressed-gradient none The background gradient of pressed buttons.
$button-focused-shadow 0 3px 4px 0 rgba(0, 0, 0, .06) The shadow of focused buttons.

The following example demonstrates how to configure the Charts.

Name Default value Description
$series-a #ff6358 The color of the first series.
$series-b #ffd246 The color of the second series.
$series-c #78d237 The color of the third series.
$series-d #28b4c8 The color of the fourth series.
$series-e #2d73f5 The color of the fifth series.
$series-f #aa46be The color of the sixth series.
$chart-major-lines rgba(0, 0, 0, .08) The color of the Chart grid lines (major).
$chart-minor-lines rgba(0, 0, 0, .04) The color of the Chart grid lines (minor).

The following example demonstrates how to configure the Toolbar.

Name Default value Description
$toolbar-padding-x
$padding-x

The horizontal padding of the container.
$toolbar-padding-y
$padding-x

The vertical padding of the container.
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