A refreshing JavaScript Datepicker — lightweight, no dependencies, modular CSS
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A refreshing JavaScript Datepicker

  • Lightweight (less than 5kb minified and gzipped)
  • No dependencies (but plays well with Moment.js)
  • Modular CSS classes for easy styling

Try Pikaday Demo →

Pikaday Screenshot

Production ready? Not quite! It works very well but there's a bit of polishing to do. Please submit bugs and feature requests to the GitHub issue tracker.


Pikaday can be bound to an input field:

<input type="text" id="datepicker">

Add the JavaScript to the end of your document:

<script src="pikaday.js"></script>
    var picker = new Pikaday({ field: document.getElementById('datepicker') });

If you're using jQuery make sure to pass only the first element:

var picker = new Pikaday({ field: $('#datepicker')[0] });

If the Pikaday instance is not bound to a field you can append the element anywhere:

var field = document.getElementById('datepicker');
var picker = new Pikaday({
    onSelect: function(date) {
        field.value = picker.toString();
field.parentNode.insertBefore(picker.el, field.nextSibling);

For advanced formatting load Moment.js prior to Pikaday:

<input type="text" id="datepicker" value="9 Oct 2012">

<script src="moment.js"></script>
<script src="pikaday.js"></script>
    var picker = new Pikaday({
        field: document.getElementById('datepicker'),
        format: 'D MMM YYYY',
        onSelect: function() {
            console.log(this.getMoment().format('Do MMMM YYYY'));


As the examples demonstrate above Pikaday has many useful options:

  • field bind the datepicker to a form field
  • bound automatically show/hide the datepicker on field focus (default true if field is set)
  • format the default output format for .toString() and field value (requires Moment.js for advanced formatting)
  • defaultDate the initial date to view when first opened
  • setDefaultDate make the defaultDate the initial selected value
  • firstDay first day of the week (0: Sunday, 1: Monday, etc)
  • minDate the minimum/earliest date that can be selected (this should be a native Date object - e.g. new Date() or moment().toDate())
  • maxDate the maximum/latest date that can be selected (this should be a native Date object - e.g. new Date() or moment().toDate())
  • yearRange number of years either side (e.g. 10) or array of upper/lower range (e.g. [1900,2012])
  • isRTL reverse the calendar for right-to-left languages
  • i18n language defaults for month and weekday names (see internationalization below)
  • onSelect callback function for when a date is selected
  • onOpen callback function for when the picker becomes visible
  • onClose callback function for when the picker is hidden

jQuery Plugin

The normal version of Pikaday does not require jQuery, however there is a jQuery plugin version if that floats your boat (see plugins/pikaday.jquery.js in the repository). This version requires jQuery, naturally, and can be used like other plugins:

<script src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.8.2/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script src="pikaday.jquery.min.js"></script>

// activate datepickers for all elements with a class of `datepicker`
$('.datepicker').pikaday({ firstDay: 1 });

// chain a few methods for the first datepicker, jQuery style!
$('.datepicker').eq(0).pikaday('show').pikaday('gotoYear', 2042);



You can control the date picker after creation:

var picker = new Pikaday({ field: document.getElementById('datepicker') });

Get and set date


Returns the selected date in a string format. If Moment.js exists (recommended) then Pikaday can return any format that Moment understands, otherwise you're stuck with JavaScript's default.


Returns a Moment.js object for the selected date (Moment must be loaded before Pikaday).


Returns a basic JavaScript Date object of the selected day, or null if no selection.


Set the current selection. This will be restricted within the bounds of minDate and maxDate options if they're specified.

Change current view

picker.gotoDate(new Date(2012, 1))

Change the current view to see a specific date. This example will jump to February 2012 (month is a zero-based index).


Shortcut for picker.gotoDate(new Date())


Change the current view by month (0: January, 1: Feburary, etc).

picker.nextMonth() picker.prevMonth()

Go to the next or previous month (this will change year if necessary).


Change the year being viewed.

Show and hide datepicker


Returns true or false.


Make the picker visible.


Hide the picker making it invisible.


Hide the picker and remove all event listeners — no going back!


The default i18n configuration format looks like this:

i18n: {
    months        : ['January','February','March','April','May','June','July','August','September','October','November','December'],
    weekdays      : ['Sunday','Monday','Tuesday','Wednesday','Thursday','Friday','Saturday'],
    weekdaysShort : ['Sun','Mon','Tue','Wed','Thu','Fri','Sat']

You must provide 12 months and 7 weekdays (with abbreviations). Always specify weekdays in this order with Sunday first. You can change the firstDay option to reorder if necessary (0: Sunday, 1: Monday, etc). You can also set isRTL to true for languages that are read right-to-left.

Change Log

10th October 2012

  • jQuery plugin version

8th October 2012

  • Basic documentation written
  • GitHub repository is ready to go…

Author: David Bushell http://dbushell.com @dbushell

Thanks to @shoogledesigns for the name

Copyright © 2012 David Bushell | BSD & MIT license