The Date Picker§

The basic setup requires targetting an input element and invoking the picker:


NOTE: months in a JavaScript Date object are zero-indexed. Meaning, new Date(2016320) is 20 April, 2016.

To stay consistent with this, whenever an integer is used in reference to a month, pickadate treats it as zero-indexed. Dates as strings are still parsed as expected.


With the basic invocation above, these are the default settings:

// Strings and translations
monthsFull: ['January', 'February', 'March', 'April', 'May', 'June', 'July', 'August', 'September', 'October', 'November', 'December'],
monthsShort: ['Jan', 'Feb', 'Mar', 'Apr', 'May', 'Jun', 'Jul', 'Aug', 'Sep', 'Oct', 'Nov', 'Dec'],
weekdaysFull: ['Sunday', 'Monday', 'Tuesday', 'Wednesday', 'Thursday', 'Friday', 'Saturday'],
weekdaysShort: ['Sun', 'Mon', 'Tue', 'Wed', 'Thu', 'Fri', 'Sat'],
showMonthsShort: undefined,
showWeekdaysFull: undefined,

// Buttons
today: 'Today',
clear: 'Clear',
close: 'Close',

// Accessibility labels
labelMonthNext: 'Next month',
labelMonthPrev: 'Previous month',
labelMonthSelect: 'Select a month',
labelYearSelect: 'Select a year',

// Formats
format: 'd mmmm, yyyy',
formatSubmit: undefined,
hiddenPrefix: undefined,
hiddenSuffix: '_submit',
hiddenName: undefined,

// Editable input
editable: undefined,

// Dropdown selectors
selectYears: undefined,
selectMonths: undefined,

// First day of the week
firstDay: undefined,

// Date limits
min: undefined,
max: undefined,

// Disable dates
disable: undefined,

// Root picker container
container: undefined,

// Hidden input container
containerHidden: undefined,

// Close on a user action
closeOnSelect: true,
closeOnClear: true,

// Events
onStart: undefined,
onRender: undefined,
onOpen: undefined,
onClose: undefined,
onSet: undefined,
onStop: undefined,

// Classes
klass: {

  // The element states
  input: 'picker__input',
  active: 'picker__input--active',

  // The root picker and states *
  picker: 'picker',
  opened: 'picker--opened',
  focused: 'picker--focused',

  // The picker holder
  holder: 'picker__holder',

  // The picker frame, wrapper, and box
  frame: 'picker__frame',
  wrap: 'picker__wrap',
  box: 'picker__box',

  // The picker header
  header: 'picker__header',

  // Month navigation
  navPrev: 'picker__nav--prev',
  navNext: 'picker__nav--next',
  navDisabled: 'picker__nav--disabled',

  // Month & year labels
  month: 'picker__month',
  year: 'picker__year',

  // Month & year dropdowns
  selectMonth: 'picker__select--month',
  selectYear: 'picker__select--year',

  // Table of dates
  table: 'picker__table',

  // Weekday labels
  weekdays: 'picker__weekday',

  // Day states
  day: 'picker__day',
  disabled: 'picker__day--disabled',
  selected: 'picker__day--selected',
  highlighted: 'picker__day--highlighted',
  now: 'picker__day--today',
  infocus: 'picker__day--infocus',
  outfocus: 'picker__day--outfocus',

  // The picker footer
  footer: 'picker__footer',

  // Today, clear, & close buttons
  buttonClear: 'picker__button--clear',
  buttonClose: 'picker__button--close',
  buttonToday: 'picker__button--today'

* It is important to not add any stylings to the picker’s root element. Instead, target the .picker__holder element (or any other within) based on the state of the root element.


Change the month and weekday labels as you find suitable:

  weekdaysShort: ['Su', 'Mo', 'Tu', 'We', 'Th', 'Fr', 'Sa'],
  showMonthsShort: true


Change the text or hide a button completely by passing a false-y value:

  today: '',
  clear: 'Clear selection',
  close: 'Cancel'

Accessibility labels§

Change the title attributes to several elements within the picker:

  labelMonthNext: 'Go to the next month',
  labelMonthPrev: 'Go to the previous month',
  labelMonthSelect: 'Pick a month from the dropdown',
  labelYearSelect: 'Pick a year from the dropdown',
  selectMonths: true,
  selectYears: true


The picker can be extended to add support for internationalization. Translations for over 40 languages are available out of the box, which you can include in one of two ways:

// Extend the default picker options for all instances.
$.extend($.fn.pickadate.defaults, {
  monthsFull: ['Janvier', 'Février', 'Mars', 'Avril', 'Mai', 'Juin', 'Juillet', 'Août', 'Septembre', 'Octobre', 'Novembre', 'Décembre'],
  weekdaysShort: ['Dim', 'Lun', 'Mar', 'Mer', 'Jeu', 'Ven', 'Sam'],
  today: 'aujourd\'hui',
  clear: 'effacer',
  formatSubmit: 'yyyy/mm/dd'

// Or, pass the months and weekdays as an array for each invocation.
  monthsFull: ['Janvier', 'Février', 'Mars', 'Avril', 'Mai', 'Juin', 'Juillet', 'Août', 'Septembre', 'Octobre', 'Novembre', 'Décembre'],
  weekdaysShort: ['Dim', 'Lun', 'Mar', 'Mer', 'Jeu', 'Ven', 'Sam'],
  today: 'aujourd\'hui',
  clear: 'effacer',
  formatSubmit: 'yyyy/mm/dd'

When using translations, specify the formatSubmit and data-value to ensure the date parses correctly regardless of locale.

RTL languages§

For languages that flow from right-to-left (RTL), you’ll need to switch the arrows and text direction by linking along the rtl.css file:

<!-- Add the stylings *after* the pickadate theme files -->
<link rel="stylesheet" href="lib/themes/rtl.css">

<!-- Add the language *after* the pickadate script files -->
<script src="lib/translations/ar.js"></script>


Display a human-friendly format and use an alternate one to submit to the server.

This is done by creating a new hidden input element with the same name attribute as the original with an optional prefix/suffix:

  // Escape any “rule” characters with an exclamation mark (!).
  format: 'You selecte!d: dddd, dd mmm, yyyy',
  formatSubmit: 'yyyy/mm/dd',
  hiddenPrefix: 'prefix__',
  hiddenSuffix: '__suffix'

Send the hidden value only§

A majority of the time, the value that needs to be sent to the server is just the hidden value – and not the visible one. To make this happen, use the hiddenName option.

This essentially nullifies the hiddenPrefix and hiddenSuffix, strips the name attribute from the source input, and then sets it as the name of the hidden input:

  formatSubmit: 'yyyy/mm/dd',
  hiddenName: true

Pre-fill values using custom formats or translations§

When using a custom formatting rule for the format option or when using translations, the input element should be given a data-value attribute formatted using the formatSubmit – the element’s value can be left blank. This helps to parse the date from custom formats into various languages:

<input data-value="2015/04/20">

Formatting Rules§

The following rules can be used to format any date:

Rule Description Result
d Date of the month 1 – 31
dd Date of the month with a leading zero 01 – 31
ddd Day of the week in short form Sun – Sat
dddd Day of the week in full form Sunday – Saturday
m Month of the year 1 – 12
mm Month of the year with a leading zero 01 – 12
mmm Month name in short form Jan – Dec
mmmm Month name in full form January – December
yy Year in short form * 00 – 99
yyyy Year in full form 2000 – 2999

* If you use the yy rule in the format option, you must specify the yyyy rule in the formatSubmit option with the appropriate data-value attribute to ensure the date parses accurately.

Never use the yy rule in the formatSubmit option.

Editable input§

By default, typing into the input is disabled by giving it a readOnly attribute. Doing so ensures that virtual keyboards don’t pop open on touch devices. It is also a confirmation that values passed to the server will be of a consistent format.

However, this behavior can be changed using the editable option:

  editable: true

An important thing to note here is that this disables keyboard bindings on the input element, such as arrow keys opening the picker. You will have to add your own bindings as you see fit.

Using HTML5 attributes§

Because each input is readOnly by default, HTML5 attributes, such as required and pattern, do not get enforced.

To enable default browser behavior on these attributes, set the editable property to true.

Dropdown Selectors§

Display select menus to pick the month and year. Anything truth-y enables the selectors and anything false-y switches them into text:

  selectYears: true,
  selectMonths: true

When selectYears is truthy, the year selector appears before the month. Read here for more details on why.

You can also specify the number of years to show in the dropdown using an even integer - half before and half after the year in focus:

  // `true` defaults to 10.
  selectYears: 4

First Weekday§

The first day of the week can be set to either Sunday or Monday. Anything truth-y sets it as Monday and anything false-y as Sunday:

  firstDay: 1

Date Limits§

Set the minimum and maximum selectable dates on the picker.

Using JavaScript dates§

  min: new Date(2015,3,20),
  max: new Date(2015,7,14)

Using arrays formatted as [YEAR,MONTH,DATE]§

  min: [2015,3,20],
  max: [2015,7,14]

Using integers or a boolean§

  // An integer (positive/negative) sets it relative to today.
  min: -15,
  // `true` sets it to today. `false` removes any limits.
  max: true

Disable Dates§

Disable a specific or arbitrary set of dates selectable on the picker.

Using JavaScript dates§

  disable: [
    new Date(2015,3,13),
    new Date(2015,3,29)

Using arrays formatted as [YEAR,MONTH,DATE]§

  disable: [

Using integers as days of the week (1 to 7)§

  disable: [
    1, 4, 7

Using objects as a range of dates§

  disable: [
    { from: [2016,2,14], to: [2016,2,27] }

The values for from & to can be:

The values can also be integers representing dates relative to the other:

Disabling all with a set of exceptions§

Enable only a specific or arbitrary set of dates by setting true as the first item in the collection:

  disable: [
    1, 4, 7,
    new Date(2015,3,13),
    new Date(2015,3,29)

Disabling ranges with exceptions§

Enable dates that fall within a range of disabled dates by adding the inverted parameter to the item within the collection:

  disable: [
    [2015, 10, 21, 'inverted'],
    { from: [2016, 3, 15], to: [2016, 3, 25] },
    [2016, 3, 20, 'inverted'],
    { from: [2016, 3, 17], to: [2016, 3, 18], inverted: true }


By default, the picker’s root element is inserted right after the main input element. Specify where to insert the root element by passing any valid CSS selector or jQuery object to this option:

  container: '#root-picker-outlet'

This is especially important when the input falls within a label element because click events bubble up to the label element and re-open the picker.

When using this option, be careful not to set the container to something generic like the document’s body. This will break the document’s keyboard flow, for example when tabbing through a form. Instead, maintain the flow by keeping the container close to the input element.

container for the hidden input§

By default, the picker’s hidden input is inserted right after the main input element. Specify where to insert the hidden element by passing any valid CSS selector to this option:

  containerHidden: '#hidden-input-outlet'

Close on a user action §

When a date is selected or the “clear” button is pressed, the picker closes. To change this behavior, use the following options:

  closeOnSelect: false,
  closeOnClear: false


Fire off events as the user interacts with the picker:

  onStart: function() {
    console.log('Hello there :)')
  onRender: function() {
    console.log('Whoa.. rendered anew')
  onOpen: function() {
    console.log('Opened up')
  onClose: function() {
    console.log('Closed now')
  onStop: function() {
    console.log('See ya.')
  onSet: function(context) {
    console.log('Just set stuff:', context)

The onSet event is the only callback that is passed a context argument that provides details as to which properties are being “set”.

Within scope of all six of these events, this refers to the picker.

To learn more on how to use the picker object, read the API documentation.