Getting Started with the KendoReact TreeList

This guide provides essential information about using the KendoReact TreeList package—you will learn how to install the TreeList package, add a TreeList component to your project, style the component, and activate your license.

After completing this guide, you will be able to reproduce the following example.

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Setting Up Your React Project

Before you install the KendoReact TreeList, make sure that you have a running React project. The easiest way to set up a React project is to use the Create React App approach that is described in the Get Started with KendoReact article.

Installing the TreeList Package

All KendoReact packages are distributed through npm and offer a similar installation experience. To use the TreeList component, start with the installation of the TreeList npm package and its dependencies. Use Node.js v5.0.0 or later.

npm install --save @progress/kendo-react-treelist @progress/kendo-data-query @progress/kendo-drawing @progress/kendo-date-math @progress/kendo-react-data-tools @progress/kendo-react-dateinputs @progress/kendo-react-dropdowns @progress/kendo-react-inputs @progress/kendo-react-intl @progress/kendo-licensing @progress/kendo-svg-icons

Importing the Component

After installing the package, import the TreeList component in the React App. To enable the sending of messages, also import the Message entity and the TreeListMessageSendEvent.

In the src/App.js file of your React project, import the TreeList component from the TreeList package.

// ES2015 module syntax
import { TreeList } from "@progress/kendo-react-treelist";
// CommonJS format
const { TreeList } = require('@progress/kendo-react-treelist');

Using the Component

  1. Get the data for the TreeList.

      import data from './simple-data';
  2. Create the columns for the TreeList.

      const columns = [
        { field: 'name', title: 'Name', width: '250px', expandable: true },
        { field: 'title', title: 'Title'}
  3. Specify the field's name, which will provide an array representation of the item subitems.

      const subItemsField: string = 'employees';
  4. Specify the field's name, which will provide a Boolean representation of the expanded state of each item.

      const expandField = 'expanded';
  5. Add the component's markup to the src/App.js file in your project.

      return (
          style={{ maxHeight: '510px', overflow: 'auto' }}
  6. To style the TreeList, install and import the Default theme, which is one of the three beautiful themes for KendoReact.

    6.1. Install the Default theme package.

    npm install --save @progress/kendo-theme-default

    6.2. Import the CSS file from the package in src/App.js. Add this import before your existing App.css import.

    import '@progress/kendo-theme-default/dist/all.css';
  7. Build and run the application by typing the following command in the root folder of your project:

    npm start
  8. Navigate to http://localhost:3000 to see the KendoReact TreeList component on the page.

Activating Your License Key

Using any of the UI components in the KendoReact library requires either a commercial license key or an active trial license key.

Follow the instructions on the KendoReact My License page to activate your trial or commercial license. You can skip this step if your application already contains a KendoReact license file.


The TreeList package requires you to install the following peer dependencies in your application:

Package NameDescription
react 16.8.2*Contains the functionality necessary to define React components.
react-domContains the React renderer for the web.
@progress/kendo-licensingContains the internal infrastructure related to licensing.
@progress/kendo-react-intlContains the KendoReact Internationalization package that applies the desired cultures by providing services and pipes for the parsing and formatting of dates and numbers.
@progress/kendo-data-queryApplies sorting, filtering, grouping, and aggregate data operations.
@progress/kendo-react-animationEnables the animations in the KendoReact components.
@progress/kendo-react-data-toolsDelivers components required to manage and control the data in the application.
@progress/kendo-react-dateinputsContains the KendoReact Date Inputs components that are used to select the date and time for an appointment.
@progress/kendo-react-dropdownsContains the KendoReact Dropdowns, which allows users to choose from a predefined list of options.
@progress/kendo-react-inputsContains the KendoReact Inputs, which the input of data, based on a specific and predefined format.
@progress/kendo-drawingContains the Drawing library, which provides interactive vector graphics.
@progress/kendo-react-buttonsContains the KendoReact Buttons library, which provides buttons.
@progress/kendo-date-mathContains the logic for working with date objects and timezones.
@progress/kendo-svg-iconsContains the KendoReact SVG icons.

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