How to show current date in bootstrap datepicker?

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In this tutorial, we will learn how to show current date in bootstrap datepicker.

Table of contents

  • Includes bootstrap view
  • Includes bootstrap library
  • Define its class name
  • Add JavaScript in <script> tag

This article will guide you to adding current date in bootstrap datepicker.

Step 1: Includes bootstrap view

To ensure proper rendering and touch zooming for all devices, add the responsive viewport meta tag to your <head>.

<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">

Step 2: Includes bootstrap library

First of all, load the Bootstrap framework CSS into the head tag of your webpage.

<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.1.0/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script src="https://maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.3.5/js/bootstrap.min.js"></script>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.3.5/css/bootstrap.min.css" />
<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/bootstrap-datepicker/1.5.1/js/bootstrap-datepicker.js"></script>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/bootstrap-datepicker/1.5.1/css/bootstrap-datepicker.min.css" />

Step 3: Include the code in body

Include the code below in <body> to accept data from the user.

<div class="row">
  <div class="col-lg-2">
<div class="panel">
  <fieldset>
    <div class="form-group">
      <label for="datepicker1">Date</label>
      <input type="text" class="form-control" id="datepicker1">
    </div>
  </fieldset>
</div>
  </div>
</div>

Step 4: Add JavaScript in <script> tag

Add the following JavaScript in <script> tag after the <body> tag to specify alert auto close.

<script>
  $(document).ready(function() {
  var date = new Date();
  var today = new Date(date.getFullYear(), date.getMonth(), date.getDate());
  var end = new Date(date.getFullYear(), date.getMonth(), date.getDate());

  $('#datepicker1').datepicker({
format: "mm/dd/yyyy",
todayHighlight: true,
startDate: today,
endDate: end,
autoclose: true
  });

  $('#datepicker1').datepicker('setDate', today);
});  
</script>

Example.

Let’s look at the following example to understand how it basically works:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
  <title>Bootstrap Example</title>
  <meta charset="utf-8">
  <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.1.0/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script src="https://maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.3.5/js/bootstrap.min.js"></script>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.3.5/css/bootstrap.min.css" />
<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/bootstrap-datepicker/1.5.1/js/bootstrap-datepicker.js"></script>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/bootstrap-datepicker/1.5.1/css/bootstrap-datepicker.min.css" />

</head>
<body>
<div class="row">
  <div class="col-lg-2">
<div class="panel">
  <fieldset>
    <div class="form-group">
      <label for="datepicker1">Date</label>
      <input type="text" class="form-control" id="datepicker1">
    </div>
  </fieldset>
</div>
  </div>
</div>
<script>
  $(document).ready(function() {
  var date = new Date();
  var today = new Date(date.getFullYear(), date.getMonth(), date.getDate());
  var end = new Date(date.getFullYear(), date.getMonth(), date.getDate());

  $('#datepicker1').datepicker({
format: "mm/dd/yyyy",
todayHighlight: true,
startDate: today,
endDate: end,
autoclose: true
  });

  $('#datepicker1').datepicker('setDate', today);
});  
</script>
</body>
</html>

Check the output of the above code example.

Bootstrap, Auto, Close, Alert

Bootstrap, Auto, Close, Alert

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