React Native Date Picker – To Pick the Date using Native Calendar

React Native Date Picker

In post Working with Date Picker in React Native, we will see how to make a Date Picker using DatePicker Component from react-native-datepicker library. This post will give you a basic idea about the Date Picker and how to make a Date Picker for your React Native app which can be used on Android and IOS both.

DatePicker Component from react-native-datepicker is a single React Native Date Picker component for both Android and IOS, using DatePickerAndroid, TimePickerAndroid, and DatePickerIOS.

In this example, we will make a simple date picker with the default date passed by us and the user can choose any date by clicking on it. So let’s get started.

To Make a React Native App

Getting started with React Native will help you to know more about the way you can make a React Native project. We are going to use react-native init to make our React Native App. Assuming that you have node installed, you can use npm to install the react-native-cli command line utility. Open the terminal and go to the workspace and run

npm install -g react-native-cli

Run the following commands to create a new React Native project

react-native init ProjectName

If you want to start a new project with a specific React Native version, you can use the --version argument:

react-native init ProjectName --version X.XX.X
react-native init ProjectName --version react-native@next

This will make a project structure with an index file named App.js in your project directory.

Installation of Dependency

To use DatePicker you need to install react-native-datepicker package.

To install this open the terminal and jump into your project using

cd ProjectName

Run the following command

npm install react-native-datepicker --save

This command will copy all the dependencies into your node_module directory. –save is optional, It updates the react-native-datepicker dependency in your package.json file.

Code for React Native Date Picker

Now Open App.js in any code editor and replace the code with the following code

App.js

//This is an example code to get DatePicker// 
import React, { Component } from 'react';
//import react in our code. 
import {View, StyleSheet} from 'react-native';
//import all the components we are going to use.
import DatePicker from 'react-native-datepicker';
//import DatePicker from the package we installed

export default class MyDatePicker extends Component {
  constructor(props){
    super(props)
    //set value in state for initial date
    this.state = {date:"15-05-2018"}
  }

  render(){
    return (
      <View style={styles.container}>

        <DatePicker
          style={{width: 200}}
          date={this.state.date} //initial date from state
          mode="date" //The enum of date, datetime and time
          placeholder="select date"
          format="DD-MM-YYYY"
          minDate="01-01-2016"
          maxDate="01-01-2019"
          confirmBtnText="Confirm"
          cancelBtnText="Cancel"
          customStyles={{
            dateIcon: {
              position: 'absolute',
              left: 0,
              top: 4,
              marginLeft: 0
            },
            dateInput: {
              marginLeft: 36
            }
          }}
          onDateChange={(date) => {this.setState({date: date})}}
        />

      </View>
    )
  }
}
const styles = StyleSheet.create ({
 container: {
    flex: 1,
    alignItems: 'center',
    justifyContent:'center',
    marginTop: 50,
    padding:16
 }
})

To Run the React Native App

Open the terminal again and jump into your project using.
cd ProjectName
To run the project on an Android Virtual Device or on real debugging device
react-native run-android
or on the iOS Simulator by running
react-native run-ios (macOS only).

Output Screenshots

Android

     

IOS

 

Output in Online Emulator

That was the React Native DatePicker. If you have any doubts or you want to share something about the topic you can comment below or contact us here. There will be more posts coming soon. Stay tuned!

Hope you liked it. 🙂


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31 thoughts on “React Native Date Picker – To Pick the Date using Native Calendar”

    • Hello Akash,
      Use borderColor:’black’, borderWidth: 1 in the style of the date picker.
      Example:
      <DatePicker style={{ width: 200, borderColor:’black’, borderWidth: 1 }} …….. />

      Reply
  1. Hi,

    I am having a problem with minDate and maxDate.
    It skips(doesn’t display)all the dates between the minDate and maxDate and displays dates that are outside the set.
    Do you know how to fix this issue?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Hello Ansh,
      This library executes the native calendar of the device and takes the value back using bridge. This does not provide calendar customization. If you want you can change the style of calendar input but not the calendar.

      Reply
  2. The react native datepicker hides the field if it is at bottom and the modal for selection of date is open. Only after the modal is closed, the datepicker is visible. Is there any way to scroll it above the modal when its open so that the field is always visible?

    Reply

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