Updated on Nov 18, 2020

Responsive Javascript calendar

Range selection
Calendar view

The calendar supports single, multiple & range selection with mobile & desktop optimized rendering and interaction model.
Easily switch between dropdown and calendar view or single and range selection. Enhance the calendar with marked days or labels.

The capabilities like built-in validation, minimum, maximum values, disabled dates are supported by both the scroller and calendar.

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Calendar - Mobile & Desktop usage

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Mobile & Desktop usage
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Use the calendar for both mobile and desktop or set it up responsively.

The main difference between the two rendering modes is how the picker is laid out. Set the touchUi option to false and the component shows up suitable for larger screens and pointer interaction while setting it to true renders it suitable for touch screens.

Use the date picker on an existing form field, custom input or use it on Mobiscroll form fields. You can also embed it directly into your page. When linked to an input, the component will be shown on focus or when someone clicks on the field. Alternatively, you can leave the input editable and show the component only on a button click.

Handle different screen sizes by setting it up responsively  Check out the responsive demo →

Calendar - Responsive behavior

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The date & time has a liquid layout, which means it nicely adapts to its surroundings. There are times however when you would like to set up the component responsively.

Use the responsive option to configure the picker and change the options based on the viewport width. There are five predefined breakpoints:

  • xsmall - min-width: 0px
  • small - min-width: 576px
  • medium - min-width: 768px
  • large - min-width: 992px
  • xlarge - min-width: 1200px
  • use custom for setting a custom breakpoint

It is a good idea to change the display or controls option to taiilor the UX. This way you can have a bottom positioned calendar on mobile, a popover anchored to the input on tablet and desktop display on large sceens.

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Calendar - Understanding display modes

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Understanding display modes

The date picker has five built-in display modes that can be controlled through the display option:

  • top - modal that slides down from the top
  • bottom - modal that slides up from the bottom
  • center - modal that shows up in the middle with a pop animation
  • anchored - modal that shows up anchored to an input or any dom element
  • inline - embeddable picker that is rendered into the markup without its own modal

Use the touchUi option to switch between touch optimized mobile renderign and pointer optimized desktop renderign. It can be dynamically switched with the help of the responsive oprion.

The defaults change on a theme to theme basis. The ios theme comes with bottom on mobile and anchored on desktop while the material and windows themes have center on mobile and anchored on desktop.

Want to see how to set up responsiveness?  Check out the previous example →

Calendar - Date selection

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Date selection

The date picker ships with four built-in variations for rendering the UI. The controls option supports the following:

  • date - renders a date-only scroller or dropdown control
  • time - renders a time-only scroller or dropdown control
  • datetime - renders a date & time scroller or dropdown
  • calendar - renders a calendar view for date picking

When passing controls: ['date'], the date picker will render a date-only picker - scroller for touchUi: true and a dropdown for touchUi: false.

You can further customize the dateFormat and dateWheels to fine-tune the UX... use it as a credit card expiration picker.

Interested in dynamically switching between modes?  Learn how to set up responsive behavior →

Calendar - Date & time selection

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Date & time selection

The date picker ships with four built-in variations for rendering the UI. The controls option supports the following:

  • date - renders a date-only scroller or dropdown control
  • time - renders a time-only scroller or dropdown control
  • datetime - renders a date & time scroller or dropdown
  • calendar - renders a calendar view for date picking

Use controls: ['datetime'] for rendering a date & time picker within the same control, tied to the same input, or use them separately for two inputs - controls: ['date'] and controls: ['time']. It will render a scrollers for touchUi: true and a dropdowns for touchUi: false.

Interested in dynamically switching between modes?  Learn how to set up responsive behavior →

Calendar - Variable week view

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Variable week view

Show a week calendar instead of a monthly calendar view to save space. By setting the calendarType to 'week' and passing the count in the weeks option you can simply enable a week view.

You can dynamically change the number of weeks or switch between month and week view without the need for recycling the whole component.

Calendar - Multi month view

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Multi month view

Showing multiple months helps when people need to be looking at longer stretches of times. When the calendarType is set to 'month' the month count can be set through the pages option. By setting pages: 1, pages: 2, the calendar will render the exact number of months regardless of the width of the parent container. Passing pages: 'auto' renders as many months as can be fitted in the parent container.

You can dynamically change the number of months or switch between month and week view without the need for recycling the whole component.

Calendar - Marked, colored & labels

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Marked, colored & labels
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You can highlight days, mark them with colored dots, add labels or completely color the background of the days using the marked, colors and labels options. This offers means to add more information to the calendar that could be valuable to users. While you can use the colors along with marked and labels, the latter two are mutually exclusive because they get rendered in the same place on the UI.

You can add them as exact dates, ranges or specify recurring rules. The recurring object supports different ways to describe the rules.

Use the onPageLoading lifecycle event to load the data runtime. You can learn about lifecycle events and places where to drop logic to customize the experience.

Looking to show event data and use multiple labels?  Check out the event calendar →

Calendar - Customizing the view

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Customizing the view

The calendar view can be customized with a couple different parameters:

  • Set a month change direction - specify 'hoizontal' or 'vertical' in the calendarScroll option
  • Show week numbers - set the showWeekNumbers to true and show a week counter starting from the first week of every year
  • Hide the outer days of a month - set the showOuterDays to false in case you don't want to see days from previous and next months

Calendar - Single value selection

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Single value selection
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Single value selection is the default behavior of the date picker. You can explicitly enable it by setting the selectMultiple to false.

You can dynamically switch between single and multiple select or range select which helps with building a system for one-way and two-way bookings.

Looking for multiple select?  See how to enable multi-select →

Calendar - Multiple value selection

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Multiple value selection
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To enable multiple selection set the selectMultiple option to true.

The selectMin and selectMax options control how many values have to be and can be selected. Setting both works as a fixed selection count, which means the control can only be sumbitted if that count is met.

To customize the header you can pass a headerText or turn selectCounter on to display a localized text with the number of dates selected.

Dynamically switching between single, multiple or range select can be done with option changes.

Calendar - Range selection

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Range selection

To enable range selection set the select option to range.

The microcopy for rangeStartLabel and rangeEndLabel can be easily overriden. For flight booking "Outbound" and "Return" makes sense while for accomodation booking "Check in" and "Check out" might be more appropriate.

The range start/end labels can also be hidden in some cases if needed. Use the showRangeLabels option for that.

Furthermore, you have the option to toggle the range highlight with the rangeHighlight option, if needed.

Besides invalidating selection that is before and after a specific date, the minimum and miximum allowed length of a range selection can be enforced through the minRange and maxRange options.

Dynamically switching between single, multiple or range select can be done with option changes.

Looking for more range picker?  Learn how to customize range selection →

Calendar - Date types

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Date types

The date & time picker works with different date types:

  • JS date object - a common way of passing a date is through a Date object: new Date(1995, 11, 17, 15, 24) (make sure to not simply pass a date string to new Date())
  • ISO date string - standardized way of passing dates: '2008-09-15T15:53:00' (make sure to pass it as a string)
  • Moment.js object - a great solution that solves common date management difficulties: moment([2018, 3, 27, 12, 15]) (make sure to have moment.js loaded)

When passing dates to the component - eg. min/max, invalids - you can do it in either format and the picker will automatically know what to do with it. If you want to specify how the picker should return values, you can do it in the returnFormat option.

Calendar - Formatting values

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Formatting values

Use the dateFomat, timeFormat options to customize how the values show up in the inputs after selection. If the formats are not expicitly set, they are inherited from the localization settings.

Besides customizing the date and time formats you can reorder the time picker wheels and change its formats with the timeWheels options.

Interested in learning about localization?  Check out how the return format changes based on locale →

Calendar - Min & max values

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Min & max values

Configuring minimum and maximum selectable values is great for reducing mistakes. Help people by limiting the selections for the task at hand. Use the min and max options to restrict the selection. Setting the values will disable dates/times earlier than min and dates/times that come after max.

By default these options are empty and the date picker supports infinite navigation, while the time picker has all 24 hours/60 minutes/... available for selection. Values can be passed as JS date objects, ISO date strings or Moment.js objects.

Looking to invalidate more dates/times?  Discover how to disable specific values →

Calendar - Disabling values

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Disabling values

Enforcing validation is essential to a great UX. First make sure to have the min & max values right and then work your way through disabled values.

Dates can be disabled through the invalid option. Another tool for setting disabled values are valid overrides. This means that you can make certain values valid from the invalid set. Eg. Invalidate all Tuesdays, but make Aug. 04, 2020 valid.

Both the invalid and valid options support the following:

  • Exact dates - Passing exact values like: '2020-05-20', '2020-05-20T12:30:00' will disable specific day and/or times
  • Date ranges - Passing start and end value pairs will disable specific days and/or times that fall into that range
  • Recurring dates - Passing recurrence rules as objects or in RRULE strring format will be parsed. For more information on recurrence check out the rule generator

Exact dates and the start/end pairs can be passed as JS date objects, ISO date strings or Moment.js objects. Having invalids set up correctly not just enhances the UX, but improves performance.

Calendar - Working with recurring values

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Working with recurring values

Setting up recurrance rules help in describing invalid rules. You can configure daily, weekly,monthly and yearly recurring dates and pass rule in the recurring property inside the invalid option.

Use the configurator to experiment, build strings and objects that you can grab and use.

Interested in disabling dates?  Discover how to invalids work →

Calendar - Theming capabilities

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Theming capabilities

The look and feel of the date picker can be deeply customized. There are four levels of customization:

  • Base themes: Choose between iOS, Material and Windows.
  • Light or dark: Every theme has a light and dark variant. Setting the themeVariant to 'auto' will switch based on system settings.
  • Custom themes: Use the theme builder to customize the colors and make it match your brand.
  • Custom CSS: If you need further customization, the sky is the limit with CSS overrides.

You can also see how every example looks by changing the theme from the header.

Calendar - Customizing the header

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Customizing the header

You can customize how the header of calendar looks and how the components are arranged. Besides that you can also add custom functionality, like a segmented control that lets people switch between week and month view.

Use the renderHeader option for passing a custom header layout. There are predefined components - shorthands if you will - that can be used to assemble the header:

  • Navigation component - <div mbsc-calendar-nav></div>
  • Today button - <button mbsc-calendar-today></button>
  • Previous month button - <button mbsc-calendar-prev></button>
  • Next month button - <button mbsc-calendar-next></button>

Calendar - Marked day classes

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Marked day classes

The default shape of day marks are dots. It you want to mark a day for something you can add one or more colored dots through the marked option. There are cases when you might want to change the shape of the marks or use different marks that carry specific meaning.

When you want to update the shape you can simply use CSS and override the styling: .mbsc-calendar-marks .mbsc-calendar-mark { // you custom override }.

If you need to show different shapes, you can pass a custom CSS class in the markCssClass property of the marked option. Use it to show triangles, squares and dots for different marks.

What else can you use to add extra information to the day cells?  Learn how to add labels and color days →

Calendar - Half days

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Half days

In situations when you need to style the days a little differently you'll get built-in tools for setting background color, highlight color, add day marks or lables.

But sometimes that is not enough. Luckily you can use the cellCssClass property of the colors option to pass a CSS class that will be added to the day cell and apply any custom styling you write in CSS. These days can be recurring days, ranges or individual days.

You can use the cellCssClass in combination with custom cell background to highlight a range of days and show the ends as check-in and check-out days.

Calendar - Lifecycle events

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Lifecycle events

The date picker ships with different event hooks for deep customization. Events are triggered through the lifecycle of the component where you can tie in custom functionality and code.

While users interact with the UI events like onChange, onSet, onInit ... will be triggered.

For a complete list of events go to the documentation  See available lifecycle events →

Calendar - Calendar systems

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Calendar systems

The date picker supports multiple calendar systems. You can control it with the calendarSystem setting, and it supports the following options:

  • Gregorian - it is included by default
  • Jalali - it is the default system of the Persian calendar and is inlcuded within the Farsi language pack
  • Hijri - it is included in the Arabic language pack
Interested in localization?  Explore this example →

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