Working with Dates

Dates with UI Components

Loading and Formatting

Dates are loaded to components according to common data loading rules.

Either in the database or in data files dates can be stored in two ways: as DateTime objects or as strings.

  • DateTime objects should be formatted for adequate presentation. Otherwise, the output will be like "Tue Nov 30 2010 00:00:00 GMT+0200";
  • Strings can be either shown in the way they are stored or converted to objects and then formatted.

Only DateTime objects defined with the new Date(); method are subject to formatting since it presupposes "to-string" conversion. Strings should be converted beforehand.

Pre-Formatting: String-to-Object Conversion

There exist two methods of string-to-date conversion:

1 . Built-in (map property). Datatable Only.

Conversion is provided by map property used for the column instead of column ID. Like ID, map refers to the necessary data item and allows for format specification:

    columns: [
        { map:"(date)#enddate#",editor:"date",header:"End date", width:120}
    data: [
        {id:"1", startdate:"2013-09-26", enddate:"2011-05-15"},

2 . Custom (using webix.Date object functions).

Applicable to all data management components including datatable.

Here we create the necessary conversion pattern and then define it as scheme for the loaded data.

var my_format = webix.Date.strToDate("%Y-%m-%d"); 
//hyphen-separated values are interpreted as year-month-date object
                obj.startdate = my_format(obj.start);

Related sample:  Converting strings to dates

Now we've got DateTime objects ready to formatting.

Defining Formatting Methods

There are two objects in the library that handle dates - webix.Date and webix.i18n. Both of them contain date formatting and processing logic while the later is responsible for date (as well as number and price) localization.


Localization means locales implementation where locale is a collection of formatting methods and patterns for a certain area. They are defined separately and later applied to the necessary data. By default, if you format dates with the i18n object, all the dates and numbers will be formatted according to North American region rules.

Date and Number localization are described in the related article.


The Date object allows for formatting dates regardless of locales with the help of the dateToStr() method. It requires format specification in its argument.

{ header:"m/d/Y", sort:"date", id:"start", format:webix.Date.dateToStr("%m/%d/%y")}

The datatable column here shows the stored date in a "month number/day number/two-digit year" format.

Possible format specifiers are listed in the related article.

Applying Formatting Methods

Only datatable has a format property for its columns while other components require a specific function template.

Formatting Datatable Data

    view:"datatable", columns:{
        [{ header:"WeekDay", id:"start", format:webix.i18n.longdateFormatStr},

Formatting Other Component's Data

// format is specified by locale 
            return webix.i18n.longDateFormatStr(obj.start);
// format is specified separately       
var myformat = webix.Date.dateToStr("%m/%d/%y");
            return myformat(obj.start);


Dates within components are edited with the help of the dedicated editor (see Data Editors for details).

Requirements for Date editing:

  • component should be editable.
  • editor type should be defined. Here we need "date";
  • editValue (data item subject to editing) should be specified (excluding datatable). The thing is that components may have more than one data item in a cell.
  • optionally editaction is defined. (click by default).

This editor is used as datepicker to call UI calendar on defined edit action to pick the necessary date.

    editValue:"start", //refers to data item
            { text:"Joint 2", start:new Date(2011,1,14)},{...}]

Related sample:  Dataview Formatting

When working with server-side, initialize a dataProcessor for the component and the changes will be automatically saved back to server.


Though dates are presented as strings, they are sorted as date objects. So before sorting don't forget to convert dates to DateTime objects in case they are stored as strings (see above).

Sorting can be applied in two directions: "asc" (ascending) and "desc" (descending).

1 . Built-in Sorting. Datatable Only.

Datatable features dedicated sort property for its columns.

2 . Custom Sorting. Applicable to all components.

Here we make use of the sort function that needs:

  • template of the data item subject to sorting;
  • sorting direction;
  • sorting mode ("string", "string_strict", "int", "date").

HTML Button Triggers Sorting

<input type='button' value='Sort "Asc"' onclick='grid.sort("#start#", "asc", "date");'>

Related sample:  Using date templates

Dates Inputting in Forms

Form fields that require date inputting from users should be supplied with a calendar for user convenience.

There exists a special datepicker control that looks like a normal text field with a calendar icon.

When you click it a popup calendar appears. On selecting the necessary date, click somewhere outside the popup and the date will be shown in the text field. By default, date is shown formatted as "%Y-%m-%d" and stored as DateTime object.

Related sample:  Date picker in Calendar


The calendar can be customized within the webix.editors object as well as localized according to common rules.

The default date for the control to show as well as the default date of the popup calendar is the current one. The pattern can be changed by setting the necessary value in the datepicker constructor:

    value:new Date(2011,1,12)

Default formatting can be changed as well. Formatting rules are described above and applied to the control as value of its format property.

    format: webix.Date.dateToStr("%d/%m/%y")

Related sample:  Date picker in Calendar

If a form is bound to the component, it will load dates in the format specified by the component formatting pattern, or, if custom format is defined for datepicker, it will get the one from the latter.

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