jQuery UI Datepicker Form Submission onSelect

I was faced with the problem of submitting a form when selecting a date with the jQuery UI Datepicker. The solution is rather simple, but I think that explicitly stating it will be helpful to someone. In my case the form submitted to a .asp file that did something with the date and then came back. I know this can be done with AJAX, but this particular application changes a lot of the content on the main page … and to be honest I haven’t gotten to applying AJAX to the app. So! A form it is.

In the head section of your document link up your jQuery + UI + style sheet using a content delivery network (CDN) from Google. You could also host these files locally, but I prefer this way.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jqueryui/1.8/themes/south-street/jquery-ui.css" type="text/css" />
<script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.4/jquery.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jqueryui/1.8/jquery-ui.min.js" type="text/javascript"</script>

Also in the head put the jQuery code below.

<script type="text/javascript">
	$(function() {
			showOn: 'both',
			buttonImage: "cal.png",
			buttonImageOnly: true,
			autoSize: true,
			onSelect: function (dateText, inst) {

The important line is the onSelect command. Basically it submits the form in which the datepicker is contained. If you want to reference the form by name, you can instead use the line below. But I think the previous case is more general.


Next, throw in some CSS to format everything nicely.

	#ui-datepicker-div {
		font-size: 70%; /* Without this the datepicker looks huge! */
	.ui-datepicker-trigger {
		vertical-align: middle;

In the body of the document place this code. Change the action to be your code-behind page that does work with your form inputs.

<form id="frmDate" action="demo.html" method="post">
	<input id="date" name="date" type="text" />

That’s it! Hope this was of help to someone.


  • Student

    That saved me sooo much time. I love you….

  • Steve

    Thanks for publishing this! The onSelect event is in the jquery UI documentation but I would of totally missed it because it’s an event vs. an option.

  • asdf

    Thank you for your helpful article 🙂 Subscribed your RSS

  • Bryan

    Thanks! That helps!

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  • Clayton

    i tried this. works fine. acept when i want use rangeSelect it submits the form when the first range gets selected

  • john

    How we can receive the value of date in demo.HTML? $_Post[`date`]??

  • IvanD

    Thanks! I needed to implement something just like this. Save me a lot of time.

  • David Jurado

    Maybe I’m being a pain here but… Do you know of a way to set the onClose option outside the initialization of the datepicker?

    I simply don’t get how to use it from the example on the API docs and I really need to use that… event.

    Thanks in advance.

  • mikemurko

    Hi David, defined a function at the same scope (or higher) of your $(“x”).datepicker(). Set the onClose option to that function and you’re done. Like this:

    var closeIt = function (dateText, datePicker) { //Do what you want here };

    $(“#thing”).datepicker({ onClose: closeIt });

  • mikemurko

    You can always read more about the API here http://api.jqueryui.com/datepicker/#option-onClose

  • Ron

    Awesome!! Thanks!

  • Ramesh Kumar

    Awesome thanks

  • Rajib Mondal

    Mine not working spring mvc portlet