KnockoutJS - Environment Setup

It is very easy to use KnockoutJS. Simply refer the JavaScript file using <script> tag in HTML pages.

Knockout.js can be accessed in the following ways −

  • You can download production build of Knockout.js from its official website

    A page as in the following image will be displayed. Click on download link and you will get the latest knockout.js file.

Knockoutjs Setup

Now refer the file as shown in the following code.

<script type = 'text/javascript' src = 'knockout-3.3.0.js'></script>

Update the src attribute to match the location where the downloaded files are kept.

  • You can refer to the KnockoutJS library from CDNs −

<script src = "" 
   type = "text/javascript"></script>
  • Alternatively you can refer to a minified version of KnockoutJS library from CDNJS as follows −

<script src = "" 
   type = "text/javascript"></script>

Note − In all the chapters for this tutorial, we have referred to CDN version of the KnockoutJS library.


KnockoutJS is based on Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) pattern. We will study this pattern in depth in chapter KnockoutJS - MVVM Framework. First let's take a look at a simple example of KnockoutJS.

<!DOCTYPE html>
      <title>KnockoutJS Simple Example</title>
      <script src = "" 
         type = "text/javascript"></script>

      <!-- This is called "view" of HTML markup that defines the appearance of UI -->

      <p>First String: <input data-bind = "value: firstString" /></p>
      <p>Second String: <input data-bind = "value: secondString" /></p>

      <p>First String: <strong data-bind = "text: firstString">Hi</strong></p>
      <p>Second String: <strong data-bind = "text: secondString">There</strong></p>

      <p>Derived String: <strong data-bind = "text: thirdString"></strong></p>

         <!-- This is called "viewmodel". This javascript section defines the data and 
            behavior of UI -->

         function AppViewModel() {
            this.firstString = ko.observable("Enter First String");
            this.secondString = ko.observable("Enter Second String");

            this.thirdString = ko.computed(function() {
               return this.firstString() + " " + this.secondString();
            }, this);

         // Activates knockout.js
         ko.applyBindings(new AppViewModel());


The following line refers to KnockoutJS library.

<script src = "" 
   type = "text/javascript"> </script>

This line refers KnockoutJS library.

We have two input boxes: First String and Second String. These 2 variables are initialized with values Enter First String and Enter Second String respectively in ViewModel.

<p>First String: < input data-bind = "value: firstString" /> </p>

This is how we are binding values from ViewModel to HTML elements using 'data-bind' attribute in the body section.

Here, 'firstString' refers to ViewModel variable.

this.firstString = ko.observable("Enter First String");

ko.observable is a concept which keeps an eye on the value changes so that it can update the underlying ViewModel data.

To understand this better, let's update the first input box to "Hello" and the second input box to "TutorialsPoint". You will see the values are updated simultaneously. We will study more about this concept in KnockoutJS - Observables chapter.

this.thirdString = ko.computed(function() {
   return this.firstString() + " " + this.secondString();
}, this);

Next, we have computed function in viewmodel. This function derives the third string based on 2 strings mentioned earlier. Thus, any updates made to these strings automatically get reflected in this derived string. There is no need of writing an extra code to accomplish this. This is just a simple example. We will study about this concept in KnockoutJS - Computed Observables chapter.


Save the above code as my_first_knockoutjs_program.html. Open this file in your browser and you will see an output as the following.

first example

Modify strings to "Hello" and "TutorialsPoint" and the output changes as follows.

Hello TutorialsPoint Example