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The Headless-UI Date Picker for React Apps

by [Re]HookifyDecember 23rd, 2022
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Each year the ⚛️ React community is becoming bigger and bigger. And with this growth, we get more and more tools to achieve our goals and needs. Despite this incredible variety, it is hard to get what you want.
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Each year the ⚛️ React community is becoming bigger and bigger.

And with this growth, we get more and more tools to achieve our goals and needs. Despite this incredible variety, it is hard to get what you want.

The problem

Let's dive into the problem:

  • 🙅 your component library doesn't have the component that you need;
  • ⚙️ you need to make changes to your build process;
  • 💅 your styling system is different from the most popular solution;
  • 🦹 it's challenging to customise a component that matches your design;
  • 💰 it could cost money to get needed components (shout to MUI 😉)
  • 🏋️ the library is heavy and doesn't have tree-shaking;
  • 📚 terrible documentation;
  • ⛔️ no tests, no TypeScript support, no examples...

And it is just by picking a date picker 🗓.

The solution

The solution to all of these 👆 problems could be a headless-UI component like @rehookify/datepicker

Main features and pros:

  • small size;
  • zero dependencies;
  • modular design, you can use as little code as possible;
  • single, multiple and range date selection;
  • time selection
  • several calendars support;
  • support native localisation with toLocaleDateString and `toLocaleTimeString`
  • prop-getters to give all needed props for your components;


The main drawback is that you need to style everything by yourself. But, with modern CSS layout techniques like grid and flex, it is an easy and fun thing to do. It means no drawbacks at all 😅


By using @rehookify/datepicker you can pick a modular or all-in-one approach.

The code

Modular hooks

The example below will give you a calendar with multiple date selections 👇

import { useState } from 'react';
import { useDatePickerState, useCalendars } from '@rehookify/datepicker';

const DatePicker = () => {
  const [selectedDates, onDatesChange] = useState<Date[]>([]);
  const dpState = useDatePickerState({
    selectedDates,
    onDatesChange,
    dates: { toggle: true, mode: 'multiple' },
  });
  const { calendars, weekDays } = useCalendars(dpState);

  const { month, year, days } = calendars[0];

  return (
    <section>
      <header>
        <div>
          <p>{month} {year}</p>
        </div>
        <ul>
          {weekDays.map((day) => (
            <li key={`${month}-${day}`}>{day}</li>
          ))}
        </ul>
      </header>
      <ul>
        {days.map((dpDay) => (
          <li key={`${month}-${dpDay.day}`}>
            <button>{dpDay.day}</button>
          </li>
        ))}
      </ul>
    </section>
  );
}

Modular context

In case you don't want to pass any parameters 💆‍♂️ or want to split components, you can use Context implementation.

The example below results in the calendar with date range selections 👇

import { useState } from 'react';
import {
  DatePickerStateProvider,
  useContextCalendars,
  useContextDaysPropGetters,
  useContextTime,
  useContextTimePropGetters,
} from '@rehookify/datepicker';

const DatePicker = () => {
  const { calendars, weekDays } = useContextCalendars();
  const { dayButton } = useContextDaysPropGetters();

  const { year, month, days } = calendars[0];

  return (
    <main>
      <header>
        <div>
          <p>{month} {year}</p>
        </div>
        <ul>
          {weekDays.map((day) => (
            <li key={`${month}-${day}`}>{day}</li>
          ))}
        </ul>
      </header>
      <ul>
        {days.map((dpDay) => (
          <li key={`${month}-${dpDay.day}`}>
            <button {...dayButton(dpDay)}>{dpDay.day}</button>
          </li>
        ))}
      </ul>
    </main>
  )
}

const TimePicker = () => {
  const { time } = useContextTime();
  const { timeButton } = useContextTimePropGetters();

  return (
    <ul>
      {time.map((t) => (
        <li key={t.$date.toString()}>
          <button {...timeButton(t)}>{t.time}</>
        </li>
      ))}
    </ul>
  )
}

const App = () => {
  const d = new Date();
  const [selectedDates, onDatesChange] = useState<Date[]>([d]);
  return (
    <DatePickerStateProvider
      config={{
        selectedDates,
        focusDate: d,
        onDatesChange,
        dates: { mode: 'multiple' },
      }}
    >
      <section>
        <DatePicker />
        <TimePicker />
      </section>
    </DatePickerStateProvider>
  );
}

All-in-one solutions

useDatepicker

The calendar with date selection and month pagination 👇

import { MouseEvent, useState } from 'react';
import { useDatePicker } from '@rehookify/datepicker';

const DatePicker = () => {
  const [selectedDates, onDatesChange] = useState<Date[]>([]);
  const {
    data: { weekDays, calendars },
    propGetters: {
      dayButton,
      previousMonthButton,
      nextMonthButton,
    },
  } = useDatePicker({
    selectedDates,
    onDatesChange,
  });

  // calendars[0] is always present, this is an initial calendar
  const { year, month, days } = calendars[0];

  const onDayClick = (evt: MouseEvent<HTMLElement>, date: Date) => {
    // In case you need any action with evt
    evt.stopPropagation();

    // In case you need any additional action with date
    console.log(date);
  }

  // selectedDates is an array of dates
  // formatted with date.toLocaleDateString(locale, options)
  return (
    <section>
      {selectedDates.length > 0 && <h1>{selectedDates[0]}</h1>}
      <header>
        <div>
          <button {...previousMonthButton()}>&lt;</button>
          <p>{month} {year}</p>
          <button {...nextMonthButton()}>&gt;</button>
        </div>
        <ul>
          {weekDays.map((day) => (
            <li key={`${month}-${day}`}>{day}</li>
          ))}
        </ul>
      </header>
      <ul>
        {days.map((dpDay) => (
          <li key={`${month}-${dpDay.day}`}>
            <button
              {...dayButton(dpDay, { onClick: onDayClick })}
            >
              {dpDay.day}
            </button>
          </li>
        ))}
      </ul>
    </section>
  )
}

DatePickerProvider

import { useState } from 'react';
import {
  DatePickerProvider,
  useDatePickerContext,
} from '@rehookify/datepicker';

const DatePicker = () => {
  const {
    data: { weekDays, calendars, years, months },
  } = useDatePickerContext();

  const { year, month, days } = calendars[0];

  return (
    <section>
      <header>{month} {year}</header>
      ...
    </section>
  )
}

const App = () => {
  const [selectedDates, onDatesChange] = useState<Date[]>([]);

  return (
    <DatePickerProvider
      config={{
        selectedDates,
        onDatesChange,
        dates: { mode: 'range' },
      }}
    >
      <DatePicker />
    </DatePickerProvider>
  );
}

Conclusion

@rehookify/datepicker will help you create a date picker that suits your need and tech stack. Its modular design will save as many bytes for your app as possible.


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