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This directive allows you to add a date-picker to your form elements.


We recommend using the excellent ui-bootstrap date-picker which is maintained by a larger team.

WARNING: Support for this module may eventually be phased out as angular 2.0 arrives as there are no plans to move this to angular 2 at this time.


  • JQuery
  • JQueryUI
  • AngularJS

Bower Usage

You may use bower for dependency management but would recommend using webpack or browserify for modules.

Install and save to bower.json by running:

bower install angular-ui-date --save

This will copy the ui-date files into your bower_components folder, along with its dependencies.

Add the css:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="bower_components/jquery-ui/themes/smoothness/jquery-ui.css"/>

Load the script files in your application:

<script type="text/javascript" src="bower_components/jquery/jquery.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="bower_components/jquery-ui/jquery-ui.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="bower_components/angular/angular.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="bower_components/angular-ui-date/dist/date.js"></script>

Add the date module as a dependency to your application module:

angular.module('MyApp', ['ui.date'])

Apply the directive to your form elements:

<input ui-date>


All the jQueryUI DatePicker options can be passed through the directive including minDate, maxDate, yearRange etc.

myAppModule.controller('MyController', function($scope) {
  $scope.dateOptions = {
    changeYear: true,
    changeMonth: true,
    yearRange: '1900:-0',    

then pass through your options:

    <input ui-date="dateOptions" name="DateOfBirth">

Static Inline Picker

If you want a static picker then simply apply the directive to a div rather than an input element.

<div ui-date="dateOptions" name="DateOfBirth"></div>

Working with ng-model

The ui-date directive plays nicely with ng-model and validation directives such as ng-required.

If you add the ng-model directive to same the element as ui-date then the picked date is automatically synchronized with the model value.

The ui-date directive stores and expects the model value to be a standard javascript Date object.

ui-date-format directive

The ui-date directive only works with Date objects.
If you want to pass date strings to and from the date directive via ng-model then you must use the ui-date-format directive.
This directive specifies the format of the date string that will be expected in the ng-model.
The format string syntax is that defined by the JQueryUI Date picker. For example

<input ui-date ui-date-format="DD, d MM, yy" ng-model="myDate">

Now you can set myDate in the controller.

$scope.myDate = "Thursday, 11 October, 2012";

ng-required directive

If you apply the required directive to element then the form element is invalid until a date is picked.

Note: Remember that the ng-required directive must be explictly set, i.e. to “true”. This is especially true on divs:

<div ui-date="dateOptions" name="DateOfBirth" ng-required="true"></div>

focusing the next element for tabbing

There is a problem with IE that re-opens the datepicker on focus(). However, this breaks tabbing. If tabbing is more
important than IE for your use cases, pass in the onClose option.

myAppModule.controller('MyController', function($scope) {
  $scope.dateOptions = {
      onClose: (value, picker, $element) => {

Usage with webpack

Install with npm:

npm install --save-dev jquery jquery-ui angular angular-ui-date

Use in your app:

import angular from 'angular';
import uiDate from 'angular-ui-date';


angular.module('MyTest', [uiDate.name])
.controller('MyCtrl', ['$scope', function($scope) {
    $scope.myDate = new Date('2015-11-17');

It is also good to ensure that jQuery is available so that angular and jquery ui can attach to it.

    webpack: {
      plugins: [
        new webpack.ProvidePlugin({
          'window.jQuery': 'jquery',

another method of making jQuery recognized is to use the webpack expose-loader to expose it both as $ and jQuery

    webpack: {
      module: {
        loaders: [
                  // it helps angular to have jQuery exposed so that it uses $ instead of jqLite      
                     test: require.resolve('jquery'),
                     loader: 'expose?$!expose?jQuery',

Need help?

Need help using UI date?

Please do not create new issues in this repository to ask questions about using UI date

Found a bug?

Please take a look at CONTRIBUTING.md.

Contributing to the project

We are always looking for the quality contributions! Please check the CONTRIBUTING.md for the contribution guidelines.


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