Ionic 5 Datepicker & Timepicker using Ionic UI Components Tutorial with Examples

In this Ionic 5/4 tutorial, how to add Datepicker and Timepicker in Ionic Angular application using Ionic UI components without using any Native plugins.

Ionic supports a new Date and Time picker UI component which can be added in the application without any Native or third party module. Implementation of Ionic’s date and time picker is very easy and very flexible in terms of formatting date-time formats of adding any min or max validation.

The Date & Time picker is created by adding the<span class="token tag">ion-datetime</span> directive component in the template. It is shown in the slider form where the user can select the date, month, and year by simply swiping up and down to slide the numbers similar in the case of Time picker.

The picker container is shown as a dialog overlay over the content making it convenient and more user friendly to select the Date and TIme.

We’ll be creating a new Ionic Angular app using the latest Ionic CLI. Let’s start with the implementation…



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Install or Update Ionic CLI

You can install or update the Ionic CLI to the latest version by executing the below npm command

$ npm install -g @ionic/cli


Create New Ionic App

Run the following command to create a new Ionic Angular application with a blank template

$ ionic start ionic-date-time-picker-app blank --type=angular


Move inside the application folder

$ cd ionic-date-time-picker-app


Open application

$ ionic serve --lab

You may be asked to install the Ionic Lab

? Install @ionic/lab? Yes


How to Add a DateTime Picker in Ionic Page?

The picker displays scrollable columns that can be used to individually select years, months, days, hours, and minute values.  It is created by adding the ion-datetime directive in the template HTML.

<ion-datetime placeholder="Select Date"></ion-datetime>


This will create a Datepicker by default to select Date, Month and Year as shown below with Cancel and Done buttons


How to Change the format for Date & Time Selection?

The format of the date and time selection can be modified by adding the displayFormat property on ion-datetime components


Show Datepicker in Ionic Page

To show the Date picker we have set the displayFormat="DD-MMM-YYYY"

    <ion-datetime displayFormat="DD-MMM-YYYY"></ion-datetime>


Show Timepicker in Ionic Page

To enable time selection set displayFormat="hh-mm-A"

    <ion-datetime displayFormat="hh-mm-A"></ion-datetime>


Show both Date & Time Picker

Set displayFormat="DD-MMM-YY HH:mm" to adjust both date and time selection

    <ion-label>Date & Time</ion-label>
    <ion-datetime displayFormat="DD-MMM-YY HH:mm"></ion-datetime>


Show Different Format for Selection and Display using pickerFormat ?

Generally, the format we set in the dateFormat property is shown after selection, but in case we want to have a different format for selection and display, use the pickerFormat property.

<ion-label>Date & Time</ion-label>

  displayFormat="DD-MMM-YYYY hh:mm:ss A" 
  pickerFormat="DD-MMM-YY HH:mm">



Setting Min and Max Properties

We only need to add <strong>min</strong> & <strong>max</strong> properties on the <strong>ion-datepicker</strong> directive to set an upper or lower limit for selection


    displayFormat="MMMM YY" 



Setting custom text for Cancel and Done buttons

The [pickerOptions] property can take a configuration object to customize the button text  and add a custom function handler


    <ion-label>Select Year</ion-label>
    placeholder="Custom Options" 


In the above code, we added a template reference #mydt to set values to the [(ngModel)]

export class HomePage {
  customPickerOptions: any;
  selYear: any;

  @ViewChild('mydt') mydt: IonDatetime;

  constructor() {
    this.customPickerOptions = {
      buttons: [{
        text: 'Save Year',
        handler: (res) => {
          console.log('Save Year', res)
          this.mydt.value = res.year.text;
      }, {
        text: 'Set Today',
        handler: (res) => {
          console.log('Set Today', res)
          this.mydt.value = "2020";
      }, {
        text: 'Cancel',
        handler: () => {
          console.log('Clicked Log. Do not Dismiss.');
          return false;


We have added a new custom event "Set Today" which will set the current Year even when we have set max="2010".


Properties and Methods Available on ion-datetime

Let’s have a look at Properties and Methods at a glance:


  • cancelText : The text to display on the picker’s cancel button. Default 'Cancel'
  • disabled : If true, the user cannot interact with the DateTime.
  • displayFormat : The display format of the date and time as text that shows within the item.
  • displayTimezone : The timezone to use for display purposes only. See Date.prototype.toLocaleString() for a list of supported timezones. If no value is provided, the component will default to displaying times in the user’s local timezone.
  • doneText : The text to display on the picker’s "Done" button. Default 'Done'
  • max : The maximum DateTime allowed.
  • min : The minimum DateTime allowed.
  • mode : The mode determines which platform styles to use. Type "ios" | "md"
  • monthNames : Full names for each month’s name. This can be used to provide locale month names. Defaults to English.
  • monthShortNames : Short abbreviated names for each month’s name.
  • monthValues : Values used to create a list of selectable months.
  • name : The name of the control, which is submitted with the form data.
  • pickerFormat : The format of the date and time picker columns the user selects.
  • pickerOptions : Any additional options that the picker interface can accept. Following are the supported properties:
columns?: PickerColumn[] | undefined;
buttons?: PickerButton[] | undefined;
cssClass?: string | string[] | undefined; 
showBackdrop?: boolean | undefined; 
backdropDismiss?: boolean | undefined; 
animated?: boolean | undefined; 
mode?: "ios" | "md" | undefined; 
keyboardClose?: boolean | undefined; 
id?: string | undefined; 
enterAnimation?: AnimationBuilder | undefined; 
leaveAnimation?: AnimationBuilder | undefined; 


  • placeholder : The text to display when there’s no date selected yet. Using lowercase to match the input attribute
  • readonly : If true, the DateTime appears normal but is not interactive.
  • value : The value of the DateTime as a valid ISO 8601 DateTime string.
  • minuteValues : Values used to create a list of selectable minutes. By default, the minutes range from 0 to 59.
  • hourValues : Values used to create a list of selectable hours. By default, the hour values range from 0 to 23 for 24-hour, or 1 to 12 for 12-hour.
  • dayNames : Full day of the week names. This can be used to provide locale names for each day in the week. Defaults to English.
  • dayShortNames : Short abbreviated day of the week names.
  • dayValues : Values used to create a list of selectable days.
  • yearValues : Values used to create a list of selectable years. For example, to show upcoming and recent leap years, then this input’s value would be yearValues="2024,2020,2016,2012,2008".



  • ionBlur() :Emitted when the datetime loses focus.
  • ionCancel() :Emitted when the datetime selection was cancelled.
  • ionChange() :Emitted when the value (selected date) has changed.
  • ionFocus() :Emitted when the datetime has focus.




We have discussed how to add DateTime Picker in Ionic Angular application using UI complemented available in the Framework itself. We don’t need to use any third-party plugin to implement this awesome picker. Also, we got to know about various configurations and properties available to customize the format of DateTime picker with examples. Check more details on available properties on docs here

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, do share your suggestions and feedback …

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2 thoughts on “Ionic 5 Datepicker & Timepicker using Ionic UI Components Tutorial with Examples”

  1. How to show one date format during the display and the get the date in a different format during form submission?
    Eg: In an edit profile page a customer chooses his birthday which is shown as:
    Jul 15, 1973
    But upon form submission i need to get the value of birthday as: 1973-07-15
    so itz easy to insert into db without doing any date format changes.

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