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NativeScript DateTimePicker

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A NativeScript plugin that provides ui elements for picking date and time. The plugin provides UI elements for picking date and time - DatePickerField, TimePickerField and DateTimePickerFields - they are all NativeScript Views that show selected date and/or time and allow picking another after being tapped. There is also a DateTimePicker class which provides static methods pickDate and pickTime that can be called to show the same dialog picker as the fields.

Screenshots

DatePickerField on iOS (left) and Android (right)

TimePickerField on iOS (left) and Android (right)

Installation

tns plugin add nativescript-datetimepicker

Configuration

No additional configuration required!

Usage

To use one of the UI elements DatePickerField, TimePickerField or DateTimePickerFields in markup you need to:

  • If you are developing a NativeScript Core app, you need to register the plugin namespace in the xml:
<Page
   xmlns="http://schemas.nativescript.org/tns.xsd"
   xmlns:datetime="nativescript-datetimepicker">
   <datetime:DatePickerField hint="select date"/>
   <datetime:TimePickerField hint="select time"/>
   <datetime:DateTimePickerFields hintDate="select date" hintTime="select time"/>
...
  • If you are developing a NativeScript Angular app, you need to import the plugin module in the module of your component:
import { NativeScriptDateTimePickerModule } from "nativescript-datetimepicker/angular";
...
@NgModule({
    imports: [
        NativeScriptCommonModule,
        NativeScriptDateTimePickerModule,
        ...
    ],
    ...

Then you will be able to declare the fields in the html of your component:

<DatePickerField hint="select date"></DatePickerField>
<TimePickerField hint="select time"></TimePickerField>
<DateTimePickerFields hintDate="select date" hintTime="select time"></DateTimePickerFields>
  • If you are developing a NativeScript Vue app, you need to install the plugin in you app.js file:
import Vue from "nativescript-vue";
import DateTimePicker from "nativescript-datetimepicker/vue";
Vue.use(DateTimePicker);

Then you will be able to decrare the fields in the template of your component:

<DatePickerField hint="select date"></DatePickerField>
<TimePickerField hint="select time"></TimePickerField>
<DateTimePickerFields hintDate="select date" hintTime="select time"></DateTimePickerFields>

Features

DatePickerField and TimePickerField

The DatePickerField and the TimePickerField are NativeScript Views that extend TextField, when tapped, they open a picker dialog that allows date/time selection.

  • Getting/Setting Date and Time

The DatePickerField has a date property and the TimePickerField has a time property which can be used to get their current value. You can also set their value through markup. DatePickerField's date property will just pass the string you provide as a parameter to the Date constructor, while the TimePickerField's time property can parse values in ISO 8601 format. Here's an example in the demo, demo-angular and demo-vue applications.

  • TextField Features

Both DatePickerField and TimePickerField extend TextField, so each TextField feature like the hint property, is also available for these fields. Here's an example in the demo, demo-angular and demo-vue applications.

  • Picker Texts

When one of the fields is tapped, a popup is opened. The popup has an OK and Cancel buttons and an optional title. Their text values are controlled respectively by the properties pickerOkText, pickerCancelText and pickerTitle. By default, the texts of the buttons OK and Cancel are OK and Cancel on iOS, and a localized version of OK and Cancel, dependent on the current setting of the device on Android. The pickerTitle is undefined. Changing these values is demonstrated in the demo, demo-angular and demo-vue applications.

  • Localization

By default the DatePickerField and the TimePickerField will use the current language and region settings of the device to determine their locale. The locale is used for the names of the months, for the date picking spinners order (the month selector can be either the first or the second spinner) and whether the time is in 12h or 24h format. Both fields have a locale property that accepts values in the format specified here as Locale ID. For example, using en_GB will result in month names spinner in the middle and values between 0 and 23 for the hours, while using en_US will result in month names spinner on the left and values between 1 and 12 for the hours. Changing the locale is demonstrated in the demo, demo-angular and demo-vue applications.

  • Formats

Aside from the default formats that are dependent on the value of the locale property, you can add your custom format that can include ordering of the date/time values and also custom text. The property controlling the format in the DatePickerField is called dateFormat and the property controlling the format in the TimePickerField is timeFormat. Changing the default formats is demonstrated in the demo, demo-angular and demo-vue applications.

  • Minimum and Maximum Dates

The DatePickerField has a minDate and maxDate properties that allow limiting the values that can be selected. This is demonstrated in the demo, demo-angular and demo-vue applications.

  • Using 12 h and 24 h Time Formats

The TimePickerField will determine whether to use 12 or 24 hour format (for formatting of the selected time in the field and for the values of the hour spinner) based on the selected region in the settings of the iOS device and based on the Use 24-Hour Format settings of the Android device. To change the default setting on Android, you need to use the timeFormat property and to change the setting on iOS, you need to use the locale property. Here's an example in the demo, demo-angular and demo-vue applications.

  • CSS

You can use css to style the DatePickerField and the TimePickerField. The field itself can be styled just as every other TextField, additionally the picker supports changing of its colors through predefined css classes: date-time-picker (picker background and title text color), date-time-picker-spinners (background and text color of the date/time selecting spinners), date-time-picker-buttons (background and text color of the OK/Cancel buttons), date-time-picker-button-ok and date-time-picker-button-cancel (to provide a separate style for each button). Please note that the iOS native implementation has limited capabilities for the buttons background colors. When a button is marked as a Cancel button, its background is always white and can't be changed. If you really need a cancel button with another color, you can pass a background color through the designated cancel button class, however this will change the picker layout and place the cancel button along with the OK button and they will both have the same background color.

DatePickerField with CSS applied on iOS (left) and Android (right)

Here's the css used to achieve the above result, as used in the demo, demo-angular and demo-vue applications.

DateTimePickerFields

The DateTimePickerFields extends GridLayout that contains instances of DatePickerField and TimePickerField, when tapped, they open a picker dialog that allows date/time selection.

  • Getting/Setting Date and Time

The DateTimePickerFields has a date property which can be used to get its current value. You can also set its value through markup. DateTimePickerFields' date property will just pass the string you provide as a parameter to the Date constructor. Here's an example in the demo, demo-angular and demo-vue applications.

  • Orientation

The DateTimePickerFields have an orientation property which allows changing the way the fields are laid out. If the orientation is horizontal (the default), the fields are on the same row, if the orienation is vertical, the fields will be on separate rows. Here's an example in the demo, demo-angular and demo-vue applications.

  • Auto Pick Time

When a date is picked with the date component of the DateTimePickerFields, the value of the date property is updated with the value that is picked. Since the time component also controls the same property, it may be meaningful to display or not to display this value. The autoPickTime property controls whether the time component should display the time of the date property as soon as it is assigned (when date is picked). Default is false, which means that when the user selects a date, the time component will keep displaying its hint text until time is explicitly selected through the time spinners. Here's an example in the demo, demo-angular and demo-vue applications.

  • Picker Texts

When one of the fields is tapped, a popup is opened. The popup has an OK and Cancel buttons and an optional title. Their text values are controlled respectively by the properties pickerOkText, pickerCancelText, pickerTitleDate and pickerTitleTime. By default, the texts of the buttons OK and Cancel are OK and Cancel on iOS, and a localized version of OK and Cancel, dependent on the current setting of the device on Android. The pickerTitleDate and pickerTitleTime are undefined. Changing these values is demonstrated in the demo, demo-angular and demo-vue applications.

  • Localization

By default the DateTimePickerFields will use the current language and region settings of the device to determine their locale. The locale is used for the names of the months, for the date picking spinners order (the month selector can be either the first or the second spinner) and whether the time is in 12h or 24h format. Both fields have a locale property that accepts values in the format specified here as Locale ID. For example, using en_GB will result in month names spinner in the middle and values between 0 and 23 for the hours, while using en_US will result in month names spinner on the left and values between 1 and 12 for the hours. Changing the locale is demonstrated in the demo, demo-angular and demo-vue applications.

  • Formats

Aside from the default formats that are dependent on the value of the locale property, you can add your custom format that can include ordering of the date/time values and also custom text. The property controlling the format for the date component is called dateFormat and the property controlling the format in the time component is timeFormat. Changing the default formats is demonstrated in the demo, demo-angular and demo-vue applications.

  • Minimum and Maximum Dates

The DateTimePickerFields has a minDate and maxDate properties that allow limiting the values that can be selected. Note that the values of these properties have effect only on the date component, while the time component can not be limited - it will always allow any hour for any given date. This is demonstrated in the demo, demo-angular and demo-vue applications.

  • Using 12 h and 24 h Time Formats

The time component will determine whether to use 12 or 24 hour format (for formatting of the selected time in the field and for the values of the hour spinner) based on the selected region in the settings of the iOS device and based on the Use 24-Hour Format settings of the Android device. To change the default setting on Android, you need to use the timeFormat property and to change the setting on iOS, you need to use the locale property. Here's an example in the demo, demo-angular and demo-vue applications.

  • CSS

You can use css to style the DateTimePickerFields. The element can be styled like any other layout, additionally the DatePickerField and the TimePickerField that it contains can be styled as explained in their documentation section.

DateTimePicker

Internally DatePickerField and TimePickerField call DateTimePicker's pickDate and pickTime methods which are public, so they can also be manually called in case a more customized picker is desired. The pickDate method accepts DatePickerOptions, while the pickTime method accepts TimePickerOptions. These options allow having the same features as in the fields. These methods are demonstrated in the demo, demo-angular and demo-vue applications.

API

DatePickerField API

Property Description
date The date the picker field is currently displaying. Property is of type Date. When used in markup, the provided string will be passed to the Date constructor to create a new Date object.
minDate The minimum date the picker field can select. Parsing of dates is handled similarly as with date property.
maxDate The maximum date the picker field can select. Parsing of dates is handled similarly as with date property.
locale Identifier of a locale that will be used to localize the names of the month names and also the order of the spinners (with en_GB first spinner is day, with en_US first spinner is month) (default is based on the device’s locale settings).
dateFormat Format used for the text in the picker field (on android used as a pattern for a SimpleDateFormat, on iOS used as a dateFormat for NSDateFormatter, default is generated by the current value of the locale property).
pickerDefaultDate The date that will be displayed in the picker, if it is opened while date is undefined (if pickerDefaultDate is undefined, the picker will display today). Parsing of dates is handled similarly as with date property.
pickerTitle Text that will be displayed as title of the picker, default is undefined.
pickerOkText Text for the confirmation button of the picker (default is OK on iOS, localized version of OK on android (based on the devices locale settings)).
pickerCancelText Text for the cancel button of the picker (default is Cancel on iOS, localized version of Cancel on android (based on the devices locale settings)).

TimePickerField API

Property Description
time The time the picker field is currently displaying. Property is of type Date. When used in markup, the provided string will be parsed to a new Date object if it is in ISO 8601 format.
locale Identifier of a locale that will be used to create locale-specific time formatter of the time (if the format is 12-Hour, with de_DE locale “vorm.”/”nachm.” will be used to show whether time is before/after noon, with en_US locale “am”/”pm” will be used) (default is based on the device’s locale settings). The locale will also be used on iOS to determine whether the picker will be in 12 or 24 hour format.
timeFormat Format used for the text in the picker field (on android used as a pattern for a SimpleDateFormat, on iOS used as a dateFormat for NSDateFormatter, default is generated by the current value of the locale property), the format will also be used on Android to determine whether the picker will be in 12 or 24 hour format.
pickerDefaultTime The time that will be displayed in the picker, if it is opened while time is undefined (if defaultTime is undefined, the picker will display now). Parsing is handled similarly as with time property.
pickerTitle Text that will be displayed as title of the picker, default is undefined.
pickerOkText Text for the confirmation button of the picker (default is OK on iOS, localized version of OK on android (based on the devices locale settings)).
pickerCancelText Text for the cancel button of the picker (default is Cancel on iOS, localized version of Cancel on android (based on the devices locale settings)).

DateTimePickerFields API

Property Description
date The date the picker fields are currently displaying. Property is of type Date. When used in markup, the provided string will be passed to the Date constructor to create a new Date object.
minDate The minimum date the date component can select. Parsing of dates is handled similarly as with date property.
maxDate The maximum date the time component can select. Parsing of dates is handled similarly as with date property.
locale Identifier of a locale that will be used to localize the names of the month names, the order of the date spinners (with en_GB first spinner is day, with en_US first spinner is month), and to create locale-specific time formatter of the time (if the format is 12-Hour, with de_DE locale “vorm.”/”nachm.” will be used to show whether time is before/after noon, with en_US locale “am”/”pm” will be used) (default is based on the device’s locale settings). The locale will also be used on iOS to determine whether the picker will be in 12 or 24 hour format.
dateFormat Format used for the text in the picker field (on android used as a pattern for a SimpleDateFormat, on iOS used as a dateFormat for NSDateFormatter, default is generated by the current value of the locale property).
timeFormat Format used for the text in the picker field (on android used as a pattern for a SimpleDateFormat, on iOS used as a dateFormat for NSDateFormatter, default is generated by the current value of the locale property), the format will also be used on Android to determine whether the picker will be in 12 or 24 hour format.
pickerDefaultDate The date and time that will be displayed in the pickers, if opened while date is undefined (if pickerDefaultDate is undefined, the picker will display now). Parsing of dates is handled similarly as with date property.
pickerTitleDate Text that will be displayed as title of the picker, when the date component is tapped, default is undefined.
pickerTitleTime Text that will be displayed as title of the picker, when the time component is tapped, default is undefined.
pickerOkText Text for the confirmation button of the picker (default is OK on iOS, localized version of OK on android (based on the devices locale settings)).
pickerCancelText Text for the cancel button of the picker (default is Cancel on iOS, localized version of Cancel on android (based on the devices locale settings)).
autoPickTime Value that indicates whether the time component should be assigned a value as soon as a date is picked by the date component, default is false.
orientation Value that indicates how the date and time components will be arranged, default is "horizontal", which means that they will be on the same row.
hintDate Text displayed in the date component when date is null.
hintTime Text displayed in the time component when date is null.

DateTimePicker API

DateTimePicker:

Method Description
pickDate(options: DatePickerOptions, style?: DateTimePickerStyle): Promise<Date> picks a date from a dialog picker initialized with the provided options and styled with the optionally provided style.
pickTime(options: TimePickerOptions, style?: DateTimePickerStyle): Promise<Date> picks a time from a dialog picker initialized with the provided options and styled with the optionally provided style.

DatePickerOptions:

Property Description
context View's context.
date The date that will be displayed in the picker, (if not provided, the picker will display today).
minDate The minimum date that can be selected.
maxDate The maximum date that can be selected.
locale Identifier of a locale that will be used to localize the names of the month names and also the order of the spinners (with en_GB first spinner is day, with en_US first spinner is month, default is based on the device’s locale settings).
title Text that will be displayed as title of the picker, default is undefined.
okButtonText Text for the confirmation button of the picker (default is OK on iOS, localized version of OK on android (based on the devices locale settings)).
cancelButtonText Text for the cancel button of the picker (default is Cancel on iOS, localized version of Cancel on android (based on the devices locale settings)).

TimePickerOptions:

Property Description
context View's context.
time The time that will be displayed in the picker, (if not provided, the picker will display now).
is24Hours This value will be used only on Android to determine whether the picker will be in 12 or 24 hour format.
locale Identifier of a locale that will be used to create locale-specific time formatter of the time (with de_DE locale “vorm.”/”nachm.” will be used to show whether time is before/after noon, with en_US locale “am”/”pm” will be used, default is based on the device’s locale settings). The locale will also be used on iOS to determine whether the picker will be in 12 or 24 hour format.
title Text that will be displayed as title of the picker, default is undefined.
okButtonText Text for the confirmation button of the picker (default is OK on iOS, localized version of OK on android (based on the devices locale settings)).
cancelButtonText Text for the cancel button of the picker (default is Cancel on iOS, localized version of Cancel on android (based on the devices locale settings)).

DateTimePickerStyle:

Property Description
titleTextColor Color to be used for the title text.
dialogBackgroundColor Color to be used as a background of the dialog picker.
spinnersTextColor Color to be used for the texts of the date/time spinners.
spinnersBackgroundColor Color to be used as a background of the date/time spinners.
buttonsTextColor Color to be used for the texts of the ok/cancel buttons.
buttonsBackgroundColor Color to be used as a background of the ok/cancel buttons.
buttonOkTextColor Color to be used for the texts of the ok button.
buttonOkBackgroundColor Color to be used as a background of the ok button.
buttonCancelTextColor Color to be used for the texts of the cancel button.
buttonCancelBackgroundColor Color to be used as a background of the cancel button.
create(view: View) Creates a style based on any css provided. The parameter is a View with the properly setup css class name.

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