How to create a React datepicker using React Bootstrap.


By Emmanuel Chinonso

Web Developer

In modern web development, creating interactive and user-friendly datepickers is a common requirement. React, a popular JavaScript library for building user interfaces, offers various UI component libraries that provide ready-to-use datepicker components. One such library is React Bootstrap or CDBReact, which combines the power of React with the aesthetics and functionality of Bootstrap. In this article, we will guide you through the process of creating a React datepicker using React Bootstrap or CDBReact.

CDBReact is a react library which is an Elegant UI kit with full bootstrap support that has reusable components for building mobile-first, responsive websites and web apps.

Table of Contents

  • What is React Bootstrap?
  • Setting up a React project
  • Prerequisites
  • Installing React Bootstrap or CDBReact
  • Importing necessary components
  • Creating a basic datepicker
  • Conclusion

What is React Bootstrap?

React Bootstrap is a library that provides pre-designed components and styles from the popular Bootstrap framework, specifically tailored for React applications. It allows developers to easily integrate Bootstrap components into their React projects, including datepickers. You can also use the CDBReact to achieve the same thing with less code and more design freedom.

Setting up a React project

Before we can start creating a React datepicker using React Bootstrap, we need to set up a React project. Follow these steps to get started.


  • Ensure that Node.js and npm (Node Package Manager) are installed on your system.
  • Open a terminal or command prompt and navigate to the desired directory where you want to create your project.
  • Run the following command to create a new React project.
npx create-react-app my-datepicker-app

Once the project is created, navigate to the project directory

cd my-datepicker-app

Installing React Bootstrap or CDBReact

To use React Bootstrap or CDBReact in our project and access the datepicker component, we need to install the necessary packages. Follow these steps.

  • Open a terminal or command prompt in your project directory. Run the following command to install React Bootstrap and its dependencies:
npm install --save cdbreact

or using Yarn

yarn add cdbreact

The data picker we are going to build will look like this Datepicker

Importing necessary components

After installing React Bootstrap or CDBReact, we need to import the necessary components into our React project. Open the file where you want to use the datepicker component (e.g., App.js), and add the following imports.

import './App.css';
import DatePicker from './datepicker.js';
import { BrowserRouter as Router } from 'react-router-dom';
function App() {
return (
<div className="App">
<Datepicker />
export default App;

Creating a basic datepicker

With the project set up and the necessary components imported, we can now create a basic datepicker. In your component file (e.g.,DatePicker.js), add the following code.

import React, { useState } from 'react';
import { CDBDatePicker, CDBContainer } from 'cdbreact';
const DatePicker = () => {
const [value, onChange] = useState(new Date());
return (
<CDBDatePicker onChange={onChange} value={value} />
export default DatePicker;

After rendering the date picker on the app.js which shows on the web. Your work should look like this. React Datepicker


In this article, we explored how to create a React datepicker using React Bootstrap. We covered the steps of setting up a React project, installing CDBReact, importing necessary components and creating a basic datepicker. By following these guidelines, you can easily create a datepicker in your React applications using React Bootstrap or CDBReact, providing a seamless user experience for selecting dates.

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