How to integrate JQuery UI Datepicker in MVC

Posted by Anuraj on Monday, May 5, 2014 Reading time :1 minute

.Net .Net 4.0 ASP.Net ASP.Net MVC HTML5 Javascript

This post is about integrating JQuery UI DatePicker in MVC 4. First you need to modify the _layout.cshtml. Because by defualt, it won’t include required references for JQuery UI. You need to include both CSS and JS for JQuery UI references. So the modified _layout.cshtml will look like this.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
    <meta charset="utf-8" />
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width" />
    <title>@ViewBag.Title</title>
    @Styles.Render("~/Content/css")
    @Styles.Render("~/Content/themes/base/css")
    @Scripts.Render("~/bundles/modernizr")
</head>
<body>
    @RenderBody()

    @Scripts.Render("~/bundles/jquery")
    @Scripts.Render("~/bundles/jqueryval")
    @Scripts.Render("~/bundles/jqueryui")
    @RenderSection("scripts", required: false)
</body>
</html>

And in the CSHTML where you want to include the JQuery Date Picker, include the following snippet.

$(function () {
    $("#JoiningDate").datepicker();
});

Clicking on the textbox will popup calender like this.

JQuery UI DateTime Picker in MVC

It works perfectly, until validations come in to the play :) As my application is targeted to India / UK customers, I have added a formatting to DatePicker like this.

$(function () {
    $("#JoiningDate").datepicker({
        dateFormat: 'dd/mm/yy'
    });
});

But MVC validator controls didn’t recognize the textbox value as a valid date time.

JQuery UI DateTime Picker in MVC - Date Validation fails

To resolve this issue, you need to override the date validation behaviour of JQuery validation library. You can do this by adding following snippet.

$(function () {
    $.validator.addMethod("date", function (value, element) {
        var ok = true;
        try {
            $.datepicker.parseDate('dd/mm/yy', value);
        }
        catch (err) {
            ok = false;
        }
        return ok;
    });
});

Also you need to add the Display Format attribute to the Model property.

[Required]
[DisplayFormat(DataFormatString = "{0:dd/MM/yyyy}",
    ApplyFormatInEditMode = true)]
public DateTime JoiningDate { get; set; }

Happy Programming :)



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