The Date Selection Fields in Magento 2 is primarily needed when it comes to scheduling certain plans/actions. For Magento 2 users, it does not only reduces typing errors but also saves the admin a lot of time. With the standardized format, Magento 2 date picker helps enhance the user experience: Instead of using the keyboard, the user can simply click to select on the calendar.

In this article, we will show you how to add a date selection/date picker field in both the backend and frontend of Magento 2.

Date Selection Fields in Magento 2 Backend

Add date picker in Magento 2 configuration section using system.xml

Step 1: Create system.xml

Let’s assume that we have created a module for this task. Now let’s create the system.xml file.

The system.xml file will be located at app/code/NameSpace/ModuleName/etc/adminhtml/system.xml

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<config xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
       xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:module:Magento_Config:etc/system_file.xsd">
   <system>
       <tab id="yoursectionid" translate="label" sortOrder="200">
           <label>Magenest</label>
       </tab>
       <section id="qbdesktop" translate="label" type="text" sortOrder="5" showInDefault="1" showInWebsite="1"
                showInStore="1">
           <class>separator-top</class>
           <label>Custom Date</label>
           <tab>magenest</tab>
           <resource>NameSpace_ModuleNmae::config_modulename</resource>
           <group id="general" translate="label" type="text" sortOrder="10" showInDefault="1" showInWebsite="1"
                  showInStore="1">
               <label>General Settings</label>
               <!-- Date picker field code start-->
               <field id="from_date" translate="label" type="date" sortOrder="15" showInDefault="1" showInWebsite="1"
                      showInStore="1">
                   <label>From</label>
                   <!-- Here we pass class where we create date picker-->
                   <frontend_model>NameSpace\ModuleNmae\Block\DatePicker</frontend_model>
               </field>
               <!-- Date picker field code end-->
           </group>
       </section>
   </system>
</config>

Step 2: Create DatePicker

Create DatePicker class in file DatePicker.php at app/code/NameSpace/ModuleName/Block/ where we create date picker element.

<?php
namespace NameSpace\ModuleNmae\Block;

class DatePicker extends \Magento\Config\Block\System\Config\Form\Field
{
   public function render(\Magento\Framework\Data\Form\Element\AbstractElement $element)
   {
       $element->setDateFormat(\Magento\Framework\Stdlib\DateTime::DATE_INTERNAL_FORMAT);
       $element->setTimeFormat('HH:mm:ss'); //set date and time as per your need
       $element->setShowsTime(true);
       return parent::render($element);
   }
}

In this file, we expand the class \Magento\Config\Block\System\Config\Form\Field

There are four date formats to use:

  • DATETIME_INTERNAL_FORMAT: yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss
  • DATE_INTERNAL_FORMAT: yyyy-MM-dd
  • DATETIME_PHP_FORMAT: Y-m-d H:i:s
  • DATE_PHP_FORMAT: Y-m-d

This datepicker element will be shown under store configuration as following

Date Selection Fields in Magento 2 Settings

Add date picker in UI Component

In this section, we will show you how to add a date picker in the UI Component section. In case you missed out our previous Magento article, find out here: How to use UI component to create UI Form in Magento 2?

<field name="from_date" formElement="date">
   <argument name="data" xsi:type="array">
       <item name="config" xsi:type="array">
           <item name="source" xsi:type="string">page</item>
       </item>
   </argument>
   <settings>
       <dataType>text</dataType>
       <label translate="true">From</label>
   </settings>
</field>
<field name="to_date" formElement="date">
   <argument name="data" xsi:type="array">
       <item name="config" xsi:type="array">
           <item name="source" xsi:type="string">page</item>
       </item>
   </argument>
   <settings>
       <dataType>text</dataType>
       <label translate="true">To</label>
   </settings>
</field>

Here is the result:

Once you add the code to the correct location, clear the cache and refresh your admin configuration page and your date picker will begin to show up where you set it.

Date Selection Fields in Magento 2 UI Component

Date Selection Fields in Magento 2 Frontend

To show date-range fields, first of all, we need to add fields for date-range.

<div class="field overview required" id="date-range">
   <label for="from" class="label">
       <span>From date</span>
   </label>
   <div class="control">
       <input class="input-text required-entry" type="text" id="date-from" name="from" />
   </div>

   <label for="to" class="label">
       <span>To date</span>
   </label>
   <div class="control">
       <input class="input-text required-entry" type="text" id="date-to" name="to" />
   </div>
</div>

After the from and to date fields are defined in the form, either add the following script at the end of the file, i.e. after the form tag ends, or add the script to a separate file:

define([
   'jquery',
   'mage/mage',
   'mage/calendar'
],function ($) {
   'use strict';
   return function () {
       $('#date-range').dateRange({
           buttonText: 'Select Date',
           from: {
               id: 'date-from'
           },
           to: {
               id: 'date-to'
           }
       });
   }
});

Here’s our result:

Date Selection Fields in Magento 2 frontend

READ MORE. Date and Time Selector in Magento 2 - Developer Documentation

Adding data selection fields in Magento 2 will be your regular task in development projects. I hope that this article helps you simplify your tasks.

Thanks for reading!