Date Picker

The Ignite UI for Angular Date Picker Component displays a month-view calendar that lets the users to pick a single date or provides an editable input for modifying the date in a dropdown mode. It supports locales and custom date formatting.



First Steps

To get started with the Date Picker component, first you need to import the IgxDatePickerModule in our app.module.ts file.

As the picker uses the IgxCalendarComponent, it is also dependent on the BrowserAnimationsModule and on the HammerModule for touch interactions, so they need to be added to the AppModule as well:

// app.module.ts

import { HammerModule } from "@angular/platform-browser";
import { BrowserAnimationsModule } from '@angular/platform-browser/animations';
import { IgxDatePickerModule } from 'igniteui-angular';

    imports: [..., BrowserAnimationsModule, HammerModule, IgxDatePickerModule],
export class AppModule {}

Display Date Picker

To add a date picker in its default dialog mode, use the following code:

<!-- date-picker-sample.component.html -->



Setting date

To set a date to the IgxDatePickerComponent, first add a date using the following code:

// date-picker-sample.component.ts

public date: Date = new Date(;

Then, use the value input in the template:

<!-- date-picker-sample.component.html -->

<igx-date-picker [value]="date"></igx-date-picker>

The result is as follows:

By default, the date picker is displayed in a read-only dialog mode. To change it to editable dropdown mode, set the mode input to dropdown.

<!-- date-picker-sample.component.html -->

<igx-date-picker mode="dropdown"></igx-date-picker>

You can further customize the drop-down date picker, configuring the following inputs:

Input Type Description
format string Configures the date display format. Accepts formats containing valid symbols and combinations that can be applied on Angular Date Pipe. For more information, check DatePipe documentation. The following pre-defined format options are supported as well - shortDate, mediumDate, longDate and fullDate.
mask string Configures the date editor mask. Accepts combinations of the numeric representations of the d, M and y symbols and arbitrary separators - for example dd-MM-y. The editor doesn't accept the literal representation of MMM, MMMM and MMMMM. Valid masks for the day part are: d and dd, for the month part - M and MM and for the year part - y, yy and yyyy.
isSpinLoop boolean Configures the continuous spin loop when using the UP and DOWN arrow keys in the editor. If set to false, date part spinning stops when min/max date/month is reached. By default, the spin loop is infinite.
locale string When setting the locale property in editable drop-down date picker, have in mind that only the en-US locale data comes with Angular. To localize dates in another language, you must import the corresponding locale data. See the I18n guide for more information.

If both formatter and format inputs are set, the drop-down date picker ignores the formatter input.

The editable drop-down date picker provides the following outputs to handle the input of disabled and invalid dates:

Output Arguments Description
onDisabledDate IDatePickerDisabledDateEventArgs Fires when the user types/spins a disabled date in the date picker editor.
onValidationFailed IDatePickerValidationFailedEventArgs Fires when the user types/spins invalid date in the date picker editor.
Keyboard Navigation
  • To open the date picker drop-down:
    • SPACE key
    • ALT + DOWN keys
  • To close the date picker drop-down:
    • ESC key
    • ALT + UP keys
  • To increment a date part:
    • Focus on a date part + UP key
  • To decrement a date part:
    • Focus on a date part + DOWN key

In the next sample we will set the display format to longDate (equivalent to 'MMMM d, y') and the date editor mask to 'dd-MM-y':

<igx-date-picker mode="dropdown"

Adding buttons

The IgxDatePickerComponent can display 'today' and 'cancel' buttons.

To enable them in a template, use the cancelButtonLabel and the todayButtonLabel inputs.

We can also create a two-way data-binding using an ngModel:

<!-- date-picker-sample.component.html -->

<igx-date-picker cancelButtonLabel="cancel" todayButtonLabel="today" [(ngModel)]="date"></igx-date-picker>

Multi View mode

The multiview date picker supports both the dropdown and the dialog modes.

Use the monthsViewNumber input to set the number of displayed months in the calendar. To hide the days that do not belong to the current month, use the hideOutsideDays property.

<!-- date-picker-sample.component.html -->

<label>Dialog Mode</label>
<igx-date-picker monthsViewNumber="2" [hideOutsideDays]="true"></igx-date-picker>

<label>Drop Down Mode</label>
<igx-date-picker mode="dropdown" monthsViewNumber="2" [hideOutsideDays]="true"></igx-date-picker>

The following sample demonstrates the usage of the date picker's modes, buttons, and two-way data binding:

Custom action buttons

The IgxDatePickerComponent supports predefined 'Today' and ‘Cancel’ buttons, but custom actions buttons can be added as well. To do that, wrap the buttons in an ng-template, marked with the igxDatePickerActions directive selector.

In the example below, two custom action buttons are included to switch to months and years calendar view.

<!-- sample.component.html -->
<igx-date-picker #picker [(ngModel)]="date">
    <ng-template igxDatePickerActions>
        <div class="action-buttons">
            <button igxButton="flat" (click)="monthsView(picker)">months view</button>
            <button igxButton="flat" (click)="yearsView(picker)">years view</button>
// sample.component.ts
public date = new Date();
public monthsView(datePicker: IgxDatePickerComponent) {

public yearsView(datePicker: IgxDatePickerComponent) {

Custom formatting

By default, the display value is formatted based on the specified locale property. You could use your own formatter, though, by adding a formatter function:

public date: Date = new Date(;

private dayFormatter = new Intl.DateTimeFormat("en", { weekday: "long" });
private monthFormatter = new Intl.DateTimeFormat("en", { month: "long" });

public formatter = (date: Date) => {
  return `You selected ${this.dayFormatter.format(date)}, ${date.getDate()} ${this.monthFormatter.format(date)}, ${date.getFullYear()}`;

Then use the formatter input of the IgxDatePickerComponent:

<!-- date-picker-sample.component.html -->

<igx-date-picker [value]="date" [formatter]="formatter"></igx-date-picker>

Here is the formatted date:


Dialog Mode Date Picker

The Date Picker's input group look can be customized using some of the IgxDatePickerComponent properties, exposed by the ng-template context. To do that, first we need to wrap the input group in an ng-template and decorate it with the IgxDatePickerTemplate directive. Then we can declare variables inside the ng-template element.

In the following example we modify the default label "Date" and change the preffix icon. Below the input group, a label displays the real date picker value:

<igx-date-picker [value]="date">
    <ng-template igxDatePickerTemplate 
        <igx-input-group (click)="openDialog()">
            <label igxLabel>Date Picker</label>
            <input igxInput [value]="displayData"/>

Here is the retemplated input group:

All the information mentioned in the Templating Dialog Mode Date Picker section can also be applied when re-templating a dropdown date picker. The only requirement is to pass an HTML element to the openDialog(target) so this element can be used as a positioning target for the drop down that is being spawned.

In the following example we change the default icon and move it to the end of the input. There is also a label below the input group displaying the date picker value:

<igx-date-picker [value]="currentDate" mode="dropdown">
    <ng-template igxDatePickerTemplate 
            <input #dropDownTarget igxInput [value]="displayData" (blur)="changeDate($event)"/>
            <igx-suffix (click)="openDialog(dropDownTarget)">
<label>Date: {{ currentDate | date:'longDate'}}</label>
<igx-snackbar #snackbar></igx-snackbar>


The localization of the IgxDatePickerComponent can be controlled through its locale input. Using the igxCalendarHeader and the igxCalendarSubheader templates, provided by the IgxCalendarComponent, you can specify the look of your header and subheader. More information on how to use these templates can be found in the IgxCalendarComponent topic.

Here is how a date picker with Japanese locale definition would look like:

<igx-date-picker locale="ja-JP" [value]="date">
  <ng-template igxCalendarHeader let-format>
    {{ format.month.combined | titlecase }}{{ }}{{ format.weekday.combined }}
  <ng-template igxCalendarSubheader let-format>
    <span (click)="format.yearView()">{{ format.year.combined }}</span>
    <span (click)="format.monthView()">{{ format.month.combined | titlecase }}</span>

Keep in mind that for Internet Explorer and Edge browsers the date parts will be empty strings, because both browsers don't implement the Intl API providing this functionality. (See formatToParts)

To support those browsers we are going to use an alternative template and the ngIf directive:

<!-- app.component.html-->
<igx-date-picker id="date-picker" locale="ja-JP" [value]="date" #component>
    <div *ngIf="formatParts; else parseTemplate">
        <ng-template igxCalendarHeader let-format>
            {{ format.month.combined | titlecase }} 
            {{ }} 
            {{ format.weekday.combined }}
        <ng-template igxCalendarSubheader let-format>
            <span (click)="format.yearView()">{{ format.year.combined }}</span>
            <span (click)="format.monthView()">{{ format.month.combined | titlecase }}</span>

    <!-- Parse template for browsers not supporting Intl-->
    <ng-template #parseTemplate>
        <ng-template igxCalendarHeader let-format>
            {{ getDatePart(format, component, 'month') | titlecase }} 
            {{ getDatePart(format, component, 'day') }} 
            {{ getDatePart(format, component, 'weekday') }}
        <ng-template igxCalendarSubheader let-format>
            <span (click)="format.yearView()">{{ getDatePart(format, component, 'year') }}</span>
            <span (click)="format.monthView()">{{ getDatePart(format, component, 'month') }}</span>

Note that ngIf evaluates the value of the formatParts expression to control which template to use. Let's have a look at the alternative #parseTemplate template: the expressions in the curly brackets invokes the getDatePart method that returns the evaluated value, in our case this is a formatted date part (year, weekday, month, etc.). The parameters passed to the getDatePart are necessary so that formatting is based on the IgxDatePickerComponent locale and format options:

// app.component.ts
public intlDateTimeFormat = new Intl.DateTimeFormat() as any;
public formatParts: boolean = this.intlDateTimeFormat.formatToParts;

public getDatePart(val: any, component: any, datePart: string) {
    const date = as Date;
    const locale = component.locale;
    const formatOptions: Intl.DateTimeFormatOptions = {};
    formatOptions[datePart] = component.formatOptions[datePart];

    return date.toLocaleString(locale, formatOptions);

    // instead of toLocaleString we can use Intl.DateTimeFormat.format as well:
    // const partFormatter = new Intl.DateTimeFormat(locale, formatOptions);
    // return partFormatter.format(date);

The result is as follows:


To get started with styling the date picker, we need to import the index file, where all the theme functions and component mixins live:

@import '~igniteui-angular/lib/core/styles/themes/index';

The date picker uses the calendar's theme, so we have to create a new theme that extends the igx-calendar-theme and use some of its parameters to style the date picker's items:

$custom-datepicker-theme: igx-calendar-theme(
    $header-background: #345779,
    $content-background: #fdfdfd,
    $header-text-color: #ffffff,
    $date-current-text-color: #2dabe8,
    $picker-arrow-color: #2dabe8,
    $date-selected-text-color: #fdfdfd,
    $date-current-bg-color: #fdfdfd,
    $picker-arrow-hover-color: #345779,
    $year-current-text-color: #2dabe8,
    $year-hover-text-color: #2dabe8,
    $month-current-text-color: #2dabe8,
    $month-hover-text-color: #2dabe8,
    $picker-text-color: #2dabe8,
    $picker-text-hover-color: #345779,

Using CSS variables

The last step is to pass the custom date picker theme:

@include igx-css-vars($custom-datepicker-theme);

Using Theme Overrides

In order to style components for older browsers, like Internet Explorer 11, we have to use a different approach, since it doesn't support CSS variables.

If the component is using the Emulated ViewEncapsulation, it is necessary to penetrate this encapsulation using ::ng-deep. To prevent the custom theme to leak into other components, be sure to include the :host selector before ::ng-deep:

:host {
   ::ng-deep {
       @include igx-calendar($custom-datepicker-theme);

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