Use Plain Data

If you use plain data in the TreeView, set the dataStructure option to "plain". For an example of plain data, see the following code snippet.

JavaScript
var plainData = [
    { id: '1', text: 'Fruits' },
    { id: '1_1', text: 'Apples', parentId: '1' },
    { id: '1_2', text: 'Oranges', parentId: '1' },
    { id: '2', text: 'Vegetables' },
    { id: '2_1', text: 'Cucumbers', parentId: '2' },
    { id: '2_2', text: 'Tomatoes', parentId: '2' }
];

$(function() {
    $("#treeViewContainer").dxTreeView({
        dataSource: plainData,
        dataStructure: 'plain'
    });
});

As you can see, all items in a plain data source have the id and text fields, and items that have a parent, have the parentId field. Those are conventional field names defined by the Default Item Template pattern. To use other names, change the keyExpr, displayExpr and parentIdExpr options, respectively.

JavaScript
var plainData = [
    { key: '1', name: 'Fruits' },
    { key: '1_1', name: 'Apples', parent: '1' },
    { key: '1_2', name: 'Oranges', parent: '1' },
    { key: '2', name: 'Vegetables' },
    { key: '2_1', name: 'Cucumbers', parent: '2' },
    { key: '2_2', name: 'Tomatoes', parent: '2' }
];

$(function() {
    $("#treeViewContainer").dxTreeView({
        dataSource: plainData,
        dataStructure: 'plain',
        keyExpr: 'key',
        displayExpr: 'name',
        parentIdExpr: 'parent'
    });
});

Frequently, the id of an item is also its text. In this case, set both the keyExpr and displayExpr options to a single value.

JavaScript
var plainData = [
    { name: 'Fruits' },
    { name: 'Apples', parentId: 'Fruits' },
    { name: 'Oranges', parentId: 'Fruits' },
    { name: 'Vegetables' },
    { name: 'Cucumbers', parentId: 'Vegetables' },
    { name: 'Tomatoes', parentId: 'Vegetables' }
];

$(function() {
    $("#treeViewContainer").dxTreeView({
        dataSource: plainData,
        dataStructure: 'plain',
        keyExpr: 'name',
        displayExpr: 'name'
    });
});

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