Theme Builder Overview

The Kendo UI Theme Builder is a web application which enables you to create new or customize existing themes.

The Theme Builder renders the same look and feel as all other components in the suite and delivers full control over their visual elements.

To use the Theme Builder:

  1. Create or customize your theme.
  2. Download the Theme Builder and integrate it in your project.

Creating New Themes

Complex Kendo UI components, such as the Grid, rely on other components to deliver their full set of features. The Theme Builder automatically updates the styling on all required components so that you do not need to customize each of them separately.

To create a new theme with the Theme Builder:

  1. Go to the Theme Builder application.
  2. Select the Start Theming option.
  3. Choose either of the Default or Bootstrap themes to serve as a starting point.
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Customizing Existing Themes

To customize an existing theme, use any of the styling options the Theme Builder delivers.

Available Options

  • Color pickersCustomize the appearance of the components.
  • The Apply changes instantly optionEnables you to observe the changes on the fly.
  • Manual updates of the component elements.
  • Predefined color swatches.
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Theme Editing

To edit an existing theme:

  1. Go to the Theme Builder application.
  2. Select Import Theme.
  3. Upload the variables.scss file. It contains your current updates of the customized theme. As a result, the selected components and styling elements are loaded.
  4. Start customizing your theme by using the Theme Builder features your project requires.
Themebuilder import existing theme

Using the Themes in Your Project

When you complete the customization of the theme, you can start using it in your project:

  1. Download the theme files by clicking the Download button.

  2. Register the downloaded theme in your project:

    • To use the complete theme for all components, include the all.css file as precompiled CSS.

    • To use the theme as SCSS, include the variables.scss file in the build process of your application:

      // import configuration from the theme builder
      @import 'variables.scss';
      // import the base theme
      @import '~@progress/kendo-theme-default/dist/all.scss';
    • If you include the bootstrap framework from its source, make sure to include kendo-theme-bootstrap and any ThemeBuilder output before you import the bootstrap framework:

      @import "variables";
      @import "~@progress/kendo-theme-bootstrap/dist/all.scss";
      @import "~bootstrap/scss/bootstrap";