Date Time Editor Directive

The Ignite UI for Angular Date Time Editor Directive allows the user to set and edit the date and time in a chosen input element. The user can edit the date or time portion, using an editable masked input. Additionally, one can specify a desired display and input format, as well as min and max values to utilize validation.


To get started with the Ignite UI for Angular Date Time Directive, let's first import the IgxDateTimeEditorModule in the app.module.ts file:

// app.module.ts

import { IgxDateTimeEditorModule } from 'igniteui-angular';

    imports: [..., IgxDateTimeEditorModule ],
export class AppModule {}

To use an input as a date time editor, set an igxDateTimeEditor directive and a valid date object as value. In order to have complete editor look and feel, wrap the input in an input group. This will allow you to not only take advantage of the following directives igxInput, igxLabel, igx-prefix, igx-suffix, igx-hint, but will cover common scenarios when dealing with form inputs as well.


A basic configuration scenario setting a Date object as a value:

public date = new Date();
    <input type="text" igxInput igxDateTimeEditor [value]="date" />

To create a two-way data-binding, set an ngModel:

    <input type="text" igxInput igxDateTimeEditor [(ngModel)]="date"/>

Keyboard Navigation

Date Time Editor Directive has intuitive keyboard navigation that makes it easy to increment, decrement, or jump through different DateParts among others without having to touch the mouse.

  • Ctrl / Cmd + Arrow Left / Right - navigates between date sections. On Ctrl / Cmd + Right it goes to the end of the section. If already there it goes to the end of next section if any. It works in a similar fashion in the opposite direction.

  • Arrow Up / Down - increment/decrement date portions. See related isSpinLoop

  • Ctrl / Cmd + ; - set the current day and time in the editor.


Display and input format

IgxDateTimeEditor supports different display and input formats.

It uses Angular's DatePipe, which allows it to support predefined format options, such as shortDate and longDate. It can also accept a constructed format string using characters supported by the DatePipe, e.g. EE/MM/yyyy. Notice that formats like shortDate, longDate, etc., can be used as displayFormat only.

To set a specific input format, pass it as a string to the IgxDateTimeEditor directive. This will set both the expected user input format and the mask for the editor.

    <input type="text" igxInput [displayFormat]="'shortDate'" [igxDateTimeEditor]="'dd/MM/yyyy'" [(ngModel)]="date"/>

Min max value

You can specify minValue and maxValue properties to restrict input and control the validity of the ngModel.

public minDate = new Date(2020, 1, 15);
public maxDate = new Date(2020, 11, 1);
    <input type="text" igxInput igxDateTimeEditor [minValue]="minDate" [maxValue]="maxDate" [(ngModel)]="date"/>

Increment and decrement

igxDateTimeEditor directive exposes public increment and decrement methods. They increment or decrement a specific DatePart of the currently set date and time and can be used in a couple of ways.

In the first scenario, if no specific DatePart is passed to the method, a default DatePart will increment or decrement, based on the specified inputFormat and the internal directive implementation. In the second scenario, you can explicitly specify what DatePart to manipulate as it may suite different requirements. You may compare both in the following sample:

In Angular Forms

The Date Time Editor Directive supports all of the form directives from the core FormsModule NgModel and ReactiveFormsModule (FormControl, FormGroup, etc.). This also includes the Forms Validators functions. The following example illustrates the use of the required validator in a Template-driven Form.

Note: If needed, you can revert back to a valid state by handling the validationFailed event and changing the newValue property of the available arguments.

Template-driven form example:

        <input igxInput type="text" [(ngModel)]="date" name="form" required
            (valueChanged)="onValueChanged($event)" (validationFailed)="onValidationFailed($event)"
            [igxDateTimeEditor]="'dd/MM/yyyy'" [minValue]="minDate" [maxValue]="maxDate" [isSpinLoop]="false" />
<div class="divider--half"></div>

Text Selection

You can force the component to select all of the input text on focus using igxTextSelection. Find more info on igxTextSelection at Label & Input.

    <input igxInput [igxDateTimeEditor]="'dd/MM/yyyy'" [igxTextSelection]="true"/>

NOTE: In order for the component to work properly, it is crucial to set igxTextSelection after the igxDateTimeEditor directive. The reason for this is both directives operate on the input focus event so text selection should happen after the mask is set.


For details check out the Input Group styling guide.

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