DateTimePicker Overview

The DateTimePicker allows the end user to select a value from a calendar or a time drop-down list. Direct input is also allowed. It supports configurable options for minimum and maximum value, the format, the interval between predefined hours in the time view, custom templates for "month" view of the calendar, start view and the depth of the navigation.

Getting Started

Creating a DateTimePicker from existing input element

<input id="dateTimePicker" />

DateTimePicker initialization


When a DateTimePicker is initialized, it will be displayed at the location of the target HTML element.

Widget copies any styles and CSS classes from the input element to the wrapper element.

Configuring DateTimePicker Behaviors

The DateTimePicker provides configuration options that can be set during initialization. Among the properties that can be controlled:

  • Selected datetime
  • Minimum/Maximum datetime
  • Define format
  • Start view
  • Navigation depth (last view to which end user can navigate)
  • Define interval between predefined values in the time drop-down list

Create DateTimePicker with a selected value and a defined minimum and maximum datetime

       value: new Date(2000, 10, 10, 10, 0, 0),
       min: new Date(1950, 0, 1, 8, 0, 0),
       max: new Date(2049, 11, 31, 18, 0, 0)

DateTimePicker will set the value only if the entered datetime is valid and within the defined range.

Define the format

    format: "MM/dd/yyyy hh:mm tt" //format is used to format the value of the widget and to parse the input.

The DateTimePicker textbox content is always parsed from scratch when the user changes it via typing. This means that if, for example, the format contains only a time portion, the date will be reset to today. To support such a DateTimePicker format, you should make the widget textbox readonly, but after the widget is initialized and not via the widget readonly() method (otherwise the Date and Time popups will be disabled).

}).attr("readonly", "readonly");

Define the time format

    timeFormat: "hh:mm:ss tt" //this format will be used to format the predefined values in the time list.

Defining a Start View and Navigation Depth

The first rendered view can be defined with "start" option. Navigation depth can be controlled with "depth" option. Predefined views are:

  • "month" - shows the days from the month
  • "year" - shows the months of the year
  • "decade" - shows the years from the decade
  • "century" - shows the decades from the century

Create a DateTimePicker for selecting a month

    start: "year",
    depth: "year"

Define the interval (in minutes) between values in the time drop-down list

    interval: 15

Accessing an Existing DateTimePicker

You can reference an existing DateTimePicker instance via Once a reference has been established, you can use the API to control its behavior.

Accessing an existing DateTimePicker instance

var dateTimePicker = $("#dateTimePicker").data("kendoDateTimePicker");