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Getting started with React DatePicker component

24 Sep 2021 / 3 minutes to read

This section explains you the steps required to create a simple DatePicker and demonstrate the basic usage of the DatePicker component.

To get start quickly with React Date Picker, you can check on this video:

Dependencies

The below list of dependencies are required to use the DatePicker component in your application.

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|-- @syncfusion/ej2-react-calendars
    |-- @syncfusion/ej2-react-base
        |-- @syncfusion/ej2-base
    |-- @syncfusion/ej2-data
    |-- @syncfusion/ej2-calendars
    |-- @syncfusion/ej2-inputs
        |-- @syncfusion/ej2-splitbuttons
    |-- @syncfusion/ej2-lists
    |-- @syncfusion/ej2-popups
        |-- @syncfusion/ej2-buttons

Installation and configuration

You can use create-react-app to setup the applications. To install create-react-app run the following command.

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npm install -g create-react-app
  • To setup basic React sample use following commands.
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create-react-app quickstart --scripts-version=react-scripts-ts

cd quickstart

Adding Syncfusion packages

All the available Essential JS 2 packages are published in npmjs.com public registry. You can choose the component that you want to install. For this application, we are going to use DatePicker component.

To install DatePicker component, use the following command

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npm install @syncfusion/ej2-react-calendars –save

Adding Style sheet to the Application

To render the DatePicker component, need to import DatePicker and its dependent component’s styles as given below in App.css.

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@import "../node_modules/@syncfusion/ej2-base/styles/material.css";
@import "../node_modules/@syncfusion/ej2-buttons/styles/material.css";
@import "../node_modules/@syncfusion/ej2-inputs/styles/material.css";
@import "../node_modules/@syncfusion/ej2-popups/styles/material.css";
@import "../node_modules/@syncfusion/ej2-react-calendars/styles/material.css";

Note: If you want to refer the combined component styles, please make use of our CRG (Custom Resource Generator) in your application.

Adding DatePicker component to the Application

  • To include the DatePicker component in application import the DatePickerComponent from ej2-react-calendars package in App.tsx.
  • Then add the DatePicker component as shown in below code example.

[src/App.tsx]

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// import the datepickerComponent
import { DatePickerComponent } from '@syncfusion/ej2-react-calendars';
import * as React from 'react';
import './App.css';

export default class App extends React.Component<{}, {}> {
public render() {
    return <DatePickerComponent id="datepicker" />;
}
}

Run the application

Now run the npm start command in the console, it will run your application and open the browser window.

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npm start

The below examples shows the basic DatePicker component.

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index.tsx
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// import the datepickercomponent
import { DatePickerComponent } from '@syncfusion/ej2-react-calendars';
import * as React from 'react';
import * as ReactDOM from 'react-dom';

export default class App extends React.Component<{}, {}> {
public render() {
    return <DatePickerComponent id="datepicker" placeholder="Enter date"/>;
}
}
ReactDOM.render(<App />, document.getElementById('element'));

Setting the value, min and max dates

The following example demonstrates how to set the value, min and max dates on initializing the DatePicker. Here the DatePicker allows to select a date within a range from 9th to 15th in a month of May 2017. To know more about range restriction in DatePicker, please refer this page.

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index.tsx
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// import the datepickercomponent
import { DatePickerComponent } from '@syncfusion/ej2-react-calendars';
import * as React from 'react';
import * as ReactDOM from 'react-dom';

export default class App extends React.Component<{}, {}> {

// initialize the value, min and max
private dateValue: Date = new Date('05/11/2017');
private minDate: Date = new Date('05/09/2017');
private maxDate: Date = new Date('05/15/2017');

public render() {
    return <DatePickerComponent id="datepicker" value={this.dateValue} min={this.minDate} max={this.maxDate} />;
}
}
ReactDOM.render(<App />, document.getElementById('element'));

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