How to create a React Timepicker using React Bootstrap.


By Emmanuel Chinonso

Web Developer

In many web applications, including a timepicker component can enhance the user experience when selecting specific times. React, a popular JavaScript library for building user interfaces, offers various UI component libraries that provide ready-to-use timepicker 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 timepicker using React Bootstrap.

Table of Contents

  • What is React Bootstrap?
  • Setting up a React project
  • Prerequisites
  • Installing React Bootstrap or CDBReact
  • Importing necessary components
  • Creating a basic timepicker
  • 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-timepicker-app

Once the project is created, navigate to the project directory:

cd my-timepicker-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 Timepicker we are going to build will look like this React Timepicker

Importing necessary components

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

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

Creating a basic timepicker

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

import React from 'react';
import { CDBTimePicker, CDBContainer } from 'cdbreact-pro';
const TimePicker = () => {
return (
<CDBTimePicker placeholder="10:05 AM" theme="classic" colorPalette="dark" />
export default TimePicker;

After rendering the date picker on the app.js which shows on the web. Your work should look like the image below

React Timepicker


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

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