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The recommended approach to include Kendo UI is by using the NPM package.

Using NPM

As of the Kendo UI 2016 Q2 SP1 release, both Kendo UI Core and Kendo UI Professional are distributed in an NPM format. For more details, refer to the installation instructions.

The Kendo UI Core NPM package is available as kendo-ui-core on and is accessible without credentials. The Kendo UI NPM package is available as @progress/kendo-ui in the NPM registry.

  • The typescript step is optional—the NPM package can be consumed from vanilla JavaScript or with the Babel transpiler.
  • The Kendo UI TypeScript typings are global. This means that TypeScript will complain if you try to import the kendo object. Use the global reference instead.

Starting from version 2023.3.718, the kendo instance is exported as a default export for the CommonJS and ECMAScript modules. This allows you to:

  • Use the import kendo from '@progress/kendo-ui' syntax to import the Kendo UI scripts in your application.
  • Use the kendo instance to get the jQuery in which the Kendo UI widgets are defined. For example, const $ = kendo.jQuery; $("#grid").kendoGrid({...});.

Using in JavaScript and TypeScript Applications

To see the runnable examples on how to use Kendo UI with Webpack in both JavaScript and TypeScript applications, refer to the following sample repository.

Module System

The Kendo UI for jQuery library distributes the commercial code in the following module systems:

(Available as of v2022.3.1109) ECMAScript—The script files are located in the esm folder. (Available as of v2022.3.1109) UMD—The script files are located in the umd folder. CommonJS—The script files are located in the js folder.

This sections below demonstrate the necessary Webpack configuration setup with the ECMAScript scripts located in the esm folder.

Building the ES Modules Scripts

1. Initialize the Default NPM Settings

Run the following command to create the package.json and initialize the default NPM settings.

npm init

2. Install the Webpack Dependencies

You can install the Webpack development server and Webpack CLI with the following command.

npm install -save webpack webpack-cli webpack-dev-server

3. Install the Kendo NPM Package

The commercial distribution NPM package is available as @progress/kendo-ui in the NPM registry. The following command will install the commercial distribution package:

  npm install --save @progress/kendo-ui

Alternatively, you can install the open-source distribution NPM package that is available as kendo-ui-core on

4. Modify the package.json File

Add commands in the package.json file for building and running the application. Later we will use the build and start commands to build and run the app.

"scripts": {
    "test": "echo \"Error: no test specified\" && exit 1",
    "start": "webpack serve --open",
    "build": "webpack"

After the modification the package.json file will look like in the example below:

      "name": "my-kendo-webpack-app",
      "version": "1.0.0",
      "description": "",
      "main": "index.js",
      "scripts": {
        "test": "echo \"Error: no test specified\" && exit 1",
        "start": "webpack serve --open",
        "build": "webpack"
      "author": "",
      "license": "ISC",
      "dependencies": {
        "@progress/kendo-ui": "^2024.2.514",
        "webpack": "^5.75.0",
        "webpack-cli": "^5.0.1",
        "webpack-dev-server": "^4.11.1"

5. Add Webpack Configuration File

In the root of the directory add the following webpack.config.js file:

Note, that which module system will be used depends on the order the modules are listed in the mainFields field. In the current sample we will use the ECMAScript modules and the files located in the esm folder. Thus, the module string is placed first in the list.

    const path = require('path');
    var webpack = require('webpack');

    module.exports = {
      mode: 'development',
      entry: './src/index.js',
      devtool: 'inline-source-map',
      output: {
        filename: 'main.js',
        path: path.resolve(__dirname, 'dist'),
      resolve: {
        mainFields: ['module', 'main','browser']    
      devServer: {
        static: './dist',
      plugins: [
          new webpack.ProvidePlugin({
              $: 'jquery',
              jQuery: 'jquery'

6. Create The Index File

Create a folder named dist and add the index.html file in it.

        <meta charset="utf-8" />
        <title>Getting Started</title>
        <link rel="stylesheet" href="{themesCdnVersion}/default/default-main.css">
        <script src="main.js"></script>
        <button id="btn">Button</button>
        <input id="dropdownlist" />

7. Initialize the Kendo Components

In the root directory add a new src folder that will contain the scripts. Then, add a index.js file and import the needed modules:

    import '@progress/kendo-ui/esm/kendo.button'
    import '@progress/kendo-ui/esm/kendo.dropdownlist'

    $(function () {
            dataSource: [
              { name: "Apples" },
              { name: "Oranges" }
            dataTextField: "name",
            dataValueField: "name"


8. Build and Run the Application

Execute the following commands to build and run the app:

    npm run build
    npm start

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