PHP - Calendar, Datepicker Calendar

The calendar component written in php script. It contains 2 modes: normal display calendar and date picker. See the demo below to check whether your browser support this script or not.


Fixed Display Style

Date 1 :
  • Set default date to server date (Auto unset if date is disabled)
  • Set year navigate from 1890 to 2080
  • Allow date selectable from 01 Jan 1890 to 01 May 2045
  • Not allow to navigate other dates from above
  • Disable date of 10th, 13th, and 23th on each month
  • Start week on Monday
  • Show calendar weeks
  • Set/show tooltips
  • Set timezone to Australia/Melbourne


$myCalendar = new tc_calendar("date2");
$myCalendar->setDate(date('d'), date('m'), date('Y'));
$myCalendar->setYearInterval(1890, 2080);

$myCalendar->dateAllow('1890-01-01', '2045-05-01', false);

$myCalendar->setSpecificDate(array("2039-01-10", "2039-01-13", "2039-01-23"), 0, 'month');


$myCalendar->setToolTips(array("2013-07-02", "2013-07-15", "2013-07-25"), 'ŞŢĂÎÂ şţăîâ אי אפשר test!', '');
$myCalendar->setToolTips(array("2013-06-06", "2013-06-01", "2013-06-05"), 'אי אפשר לבחור תאריך זה', 'month');
$myCalendar->setToolTips(array("1969-07-06", "2040-07-01", "2013-06-05")
, 'Δεν επιτρέπετε η επιλογή αυτής της ημέρας', 'month');
$myCalendar->setToolTips(array("1969-07-06", "2040-07-01", "2013-06-05")
, 'الإصدار الخاص بي ليس لديها الدعم للعام 2038 وفيما بعد!', 'month');
$myCalendar->setToolTips(array("1969-07-06", "2040-07-01", "2013-06-05"), 'の間の日付を選択してください', 'month');
$myCalendar->setToolTips(array("1969-07-06", "2040-07-01", "2013-06-05"), '올바르지 않은 값입니다', 'month');
$myCalendar->setToolTips(array("2013-06-06", "2013-06-11", "2013-06-15"), 'और बाद के वर्षों का समर्थन नहीं है!', 'month');
$myCalendar->setToolTips(array("2013-07-06", "2013-01-01", "2013-12-25"), 'วันนี้ไม่ได้รับอนุญาตให้มีการเลือก', 'year');
$myCalendar->setToolTips(array("2013-07-06", "2013-07-15", "2013-07-25"), '请选择日期%s之前一个', '');

$myCalendar->setTimezone("Australia/Melbourne"); $myCalendar->writeScript();

DatePicker Style

Date 2 :
  • Default date to current server date (Auto unset if date is disabled)
  • Set year navigate from 1960 to 2030
  • Allow date selectable from 01 January 2010 to 01 March 2030
  • Allow to navigate other dates from above
  • Disable specific date 1, 13, and 25 of every month
  • Custom alert when calendar's value has been changed


$myCalendar = new tc_calendar("date1", true);
$myCalendar->setDate(01, 03, 1960);
$myCalendar->setYearInterval(1960, 2030);
$myCalendar->dateAllow('1960-01-01', '2030-03-01');
$myCalendar->setSpecificDate(array("2011-04-01", "2011-04-13", "2011-04-25"), 0, 'month');
?> <script language="javascript">
function myChanged(v){
alert("Hello, value has been changed : "+document.getElementById("date1").value+"["+v+"]");

DatePicker with no input box

Date 3 :
  • No default date
  • Set year navigate from 2000 to 2030
  • Allow date selectable from 13 May 2008 to 01 March 2030
  • Allow to navigate other dates from above
  • Date input box set to false
  • Set alignment left and bottom
  • Disable specific date 1, 4 April, and 25 December of every years
  • Disable specific date 10, 14 of every months
  • Disable 1 June 2011


$myCalendar = new tc_calendar("date5", true, false);
$myCalendar->setDate(date('d'), date('m'), date('Y'));
$myCalendar->setYearInterval(2000, 2030);
$myCalendar->dateAllow('2008-05-13', '2030-03-01');
$myCalendar->setDateFormat('j F Y');
$myCalendar->setAlignment('left', 'bottom');
$myCalendar->setSpecificDate(array("2011-04-01", "2011-04-04", "2011-12-25"), 0, 'year');
$myCalendar->setSpecificDate(array("2011-04-10", "2011-04-14"), 0, 'month');
$myCalendar->setSpecificDate(array("2011-06-01"), 0, '');

Date Pair Example



$date3_default = "2021-02-22";
$date4_default = "2021-02-28";

$myCalendar = new tc_calendar("date3", true, false);
$myCalendar->setDate(date('d', strtotime($date3_default)) , date('m', strtotime($date3_default)) , date('Y', strtotime($date3_default)));
$myCalendar->setYearInterval(1970, 2021);
$myCalendar->setAlignment('left', 'bottom');
$myCalendar->setDatePair('date3', 'date4', $date4_default);

$myCalendar = new tc_calendar("date4", true, false);
$myCalendar->setDate(date('d', strtotime($date4_default)) , date('m', strtotime($date4_default)) , date('Y', strtotime($date4_default)));
$myCalendar->setYearInterval(1970, 2021);
$myCalendar->setAlignment('left', 'bottom');
$myCalendar->setDatePair('date3', 'date4', $date3_default);

Color Themes

Sample Code:

$myCalendar = new tc_calendar("date_theme", true, false);
$myCalendar->setDate(1, date('m'), date('Y'));
$myCalendar->setYearInterval(2000, 2030);
$myCalendar->setDateFormat('j F Y');
$myCalendar->setAlignment('left', 'bottom');
$myCalendar->setAutoHide(true, 10000); //10 secs
$myCalendar->startMonday(true); $myCalendar->setTheme('theme1');

Example of submiting value: click here

Download zip file: (59.57 KB.)
Version 3.77 (20 February 2021)

What's new

Version 3.77

  • [Fixed] deprecated issue found on php8 - thanks Guy Snelling
  • [Added] encapsulate functions on php classes - thanks Tri
  • [Updated] constructor on tc_date.php and tc_date_main.php - thanks Tri

Version 3.76

  • [Fixed] XSS on PHP_SELF server variable - thanks Akash Chathoth

Version 3.75

  • [Added] calendar themes
  • [Updated] output buffer on calendar using function getScript()
  • [Updated] check and disable date on dropdown (not to select) - thanks ciprianmp
  • [Fixed] calendar auto hide glitch on Internet Explorer and Opera browser - thanks Sébastien

Version 3.74

  • [Fixed] minor bug fixed, error on javascript function checkSpecifyDate() and prevent date-allow input errors - thanks ciprianmp
  • [Updated] optimized and add functions to reduce parameter sending over calendar pages

Version 3.73

  • [Fixed] an error when choose day and month, and year dropdown to null (first item on dropdown) - thanks Marco
  • [Added] an event colors specified on calendar.css, alternative to the tooltip icons or use both - thanks Larry

Version 3.72

  • [Fixed] Tooltips are not display on Safari browser (windows) - thanks Larry

Version 3.71

  • [Fixed] Vulnerabilities update on REQUEST parameter - thanks Arvid V.
  • Minor bug fixed and adjustment

Version 3.70

  • [Added] setToolTips function to allow you to set tooltip on each date
  • [Added] setTimeZone function to allow you to set timezone to calendar

Version 3.69

  • [Added] Use php DateTime class to handle date and also support for year 2038 and later (limited to php version >= 5.3.0)
  • [Fixed] Check valid of Today date if it is in range of enabled date
  • Minor bug fixed and adjustment

Version 3.68

  • [Fixed] 1st and 31st (on each month) are always disabled when running with php4

Version 3.67

  • [Fixed] Javascript possible error on Date.parse
  • [Fixed] Add on-change javascript in dropdown datepicker mode

Version 3.66

  • [Fixed] json checking function produce error when the php does not support for json

Version 3.65

  • [Fixed] Date selected hilight error
  • [Added] Auto hide calendar and make it default property
  • [Added] Auto focus an overlapping calendar to the top

Version 3.64

  • [Fixed] Incorrect parameter submited on javascript that caused an invalid date returned

Version 3.63

  • [Changed] Make the DatePair function selectable on any dates. Date-from must be before Date-to, and on the other hand, otherwise it will be reset

Version 3.62

  • [Fixed] Error displaying date on Jan 2012 and some other months

Version 3.61

  • [Added] Display weeks
  • [Added] RTL supported
  • [Added] startDate function for selecting any days as start day of week
  • [Adjusted] Rearrange source code on calendar_form.php

Version 3.60

  • [Added] Add X as background of disabled days
  • [Fixed] 'Day' combobox contain no list dropdown when not call setDate() on initialization
  • [Fixed] Fixed display style still have the default value in case of the date is disabled.
  • [Fixed] 'Today' date color disappear when date is disabled.
  • [Fixed] Javascript error from IE compatible not support for JSON
  • [Adjusted] Change the color of today date to green with border

Version 3.59

  • Update to match the version with localization

Version 3.58

  • [Fixed] the value of calendar is not restored when using back button on browser

Version 3.57

  • [Fixed] update calendar.css display glitch

Version 3.56

  • [Fixed] error on checkSpecifyDate, calendar.js

Version 3.55

  • [Fixed] 'dateAllow' contains error on calendar_form.php

Version 3.54

  • [Update] 'setSpecificDate' to set on month, year, and no recursive simultaneuosly
  • [Added] 'setOnChange' to customize onChange event of calendar

Version 3.53

  • [Fixed] writeYear contains unused variable (error), sorry guys :(

Version 3.52

  • [Fixed] datepair error after cleaned up code (on version 3.50)

Version 3.51

  • [Added] check_json_encode and check_json_decode for the server that not support json

Version 3.50

  • [Added] setSpecificDate to enable or disable date specified
  • [Improved] Cleaning up and more validating source codes (thanks to Peter)

Version 3.41

  • [Fixed] calendar header - look tight
  • [Fixed] Using incorrect path on example file (index.php), forgot to add history logs on class file

Version 3.4

  • [Added] setAlignment
  • [Added] setDatePair

Version 3.3

  • [Fixed] Total number of days in datepicker mode on startup incorrectly appear (thanks to Francois du Toit, ciprianmp)

Version 3.2

  • [Fixed] Some confusion in date display when both dateAllow and setYearInterval are set in some cases
  • [Fixed] add 'zindex' property to tc_calendar, helps in overlapping component (ie6)
  • [Improved] Year navigate from newest to oldest

Version 3.1

  • [Added] disabledDay (thanks to Jim R.)
  • [Improved] Day style adjustable with css (.mon, .tue, .wed, .thu, .fri, .sat, .sun)

Version 3.0

  • [Fixed] day combobox not update (February case) when select date from calendar
  • [Fixed] auto resize not applied when calendar start in hide div mode (display: none;)
  • [Fixed] day combo box not update when selecting date < 10 (occured from v2.9)
  • [Fixed] (18 May 2010) glich on IE7 update on calendar_form.php and calendar.css
  • [Fixed] (22 May 2010) parseInt error on calendar.js function isDateAllow()

Version 2.9

  • [Improved] Auto adjust calendar size (width & height)
  • [Fixed] Valid day combo box when selecting month or year (input box mode)

Download tc_calendar with language pack (by Ciprian)


This calendar datepicker is totally free to use. You can use it in all of your projects without any costs.
How to setup:

Only 2 steps requires for setup and use this calendar component.

Put the javascript file(.js) in the head section or somewhere else but it should be include once in a page.

<script language="javascript" src="calendar.js"></script>

Create form element in the html and put the following code

<form action="somewhere.php" method="post">
//get class into the page
require_once('classes/tc_calendar.php'); //instantiate class and set properties $myCalendar = new tc_calendar("date1", true);
$myCalendar->setDate(1, 1, 2000);
//output the calendar
?> </form>

How to get the value?

To get the date selected in calendar by php after submit the form, simple write script as the following:

$theDate = isset($_REQUEST["date1"]) ? $_REQUEST["date1"] : "";


The above script should be on another file that html form point to. The parameter 'date1' is the object name that you set in the code at the time calendar construct. See further in Functions and Constructor below.

To get the date selected by javascript on the current page, write script as the following:

<form action="somewhere.php" method="post" name="form1">
//get class into the page
require_once('classes/tc_calendar.php'); //instantiate class and set properties $myCalendar = new tc_calendar("date1", true);
$myCalendar->setDate(1, 1, 2000);
//output the calendar
?> </form> //use javascript to get the value <script language="javascript"> <!-- function showDateSelected(){ alert("Date selected is "+document.form1.date1.value); } //--> </script> //create link to click and check calendar value <a href="javascript:showDateSelected();">Check calendar value</a>

Calendar Properties

rtl - specify the right-to-left direction of calendar

Ex. $myCalendar->rtl = true;

zindex - specify the zindex value to calendar

Ex. $myCalendar->zindex = 99;

Calendar Functions


tc_calendar (string bindObjectName)

tc_calendar (string bindObjectName, boolean date_picker)

tc_calendar (string bindObjectName, boolean date_picker, bool show_input)

tc_calendar (string bindObjectName, boolean date_picker, bool show_input, string timezone)

date_picker default value is false.
show_input default value is true
timezone default value is system timezone (as php settings). You can see the valid timezone on


autoSubmit (bool flag, string form_name, string target_url)

Specify the calendar to auto-submit the value. Default value of autosubmit is false

To set calendar auto submit, specify flag to true and you need to specify either form_name or target_url to make the calendar to perform autosubmit correctly

Ex 1. $myCalendar->autoSubmit(true, "myForm");
//assume that the calendar is in the form named 'myForm', then tell the calendar to auto submit the value (other values in myForm will be submitted together by html post method)

Ex 2. $myCalendar->autoSubmit(true, "", "anywhere.php");
//tell the calendar to submit the value to 'anywhere.php'. This method will submit only calendar value via html get method

dateAllow (date from, date to, bool navigate_not_allowed_date)

Specify date range allow to select. Other dates from input will be disabled. The parameter navigate_not_allowed_date will handle the user to navigate over the disable date, default is true (means allow)

Specify both date from and to will set range of date user can select.
Specify only date from or to will set range from/upto year set by setYearInterval method.

Ex 1. $myCalendar->dateAllow('2008-05-13', '2010-03-01', false); //allow user select date from 13 May 2008 to 1 Mar 2010
Ex 2. $myCalendar->dateAllow('2008-05-13', '', false); //allow user select date from 13 May 2008 upto whatever can navigate
Ex 3. $myCalendar->dateAllow('', '2010-03-01', false); //allow user select date from whatever can navigate upto 1 Mar 2010

disabledDay (string day)

Specify day column to be disabled. Possible day value: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Ex. $myCalendar->disabledDay('Sun'); //disable Sunday column

getDate ()

Get the calendar value in date format YYYY-MM-DD

Ex. $myCalendar->getDate(); //return 2009-06-19

setAlignment (string horizontal_align, string vertical_align)

Optional: Set the alignment of calendar datepicker with the calendar container. The value of horizontal alignment can be 'left' or 'right' (default) and the value of vertical alignment can be 'top' or 'bottom' (default).

Ex. $myCalendar->setAlignment('left', 'top');

setAutoHide (bool auto, int delay_time)

Optional: Set an auto hide of calendar when not active. The calendar has default value of auto hidden since version 3.65 with default delay time of 1000 (1 second)

Ex 1. $myCalendar->setAutoHide(true, 3000); //auto hide in 3 seconds
Ex 2. $myCalendar->setAutoHide(false);

setDate (int day, int month, int year)

Optional: Set default selected date to the value input. For month parameter: January=1 and December=12

Ex. $myCalendar->setDate(15, 6, 2005); //Set the date to 15 June 2005

setDateFormat (string format)

Optional: Set the format of date display when no input box. Apply with 'showInput' function

Ex. $myCalendar->setDateFormat('j F Y'); //date will display like '9 September 2009'

setDatePair (string calendar_name1, string calendar_name2, string default_pair_value)

Optional: Set a date pair link to calendar object. This function will work when 2 calendars are setup together.

Ex 1. $myCalendar->setDatePair('date1', 'date2'); //This means when the value of calendar 'date1' is set, the calendar 'date2' will not allow to select the date prior to 'date1'
Ex 2. $myCalendar->setDatePair('date1', 'date2', "2011-03-26"); //suppose you are setting this value on date1 object, '2011-03-26' will be assigned as default date of date2 and calculated

setIcon (string url)

Optional: Set icon in date picker mode. If the icon is not set the date picker will show text as link.

Ex. $myCalendar->setIcon("images/iconCalendar.gif");

setHeight (int height) - deprecated since v2.9 - auto sizing applied

Optional: Set height of calendar. Default value is 205 pixels

Ex. $myCalendar->setHeight(205);

setOnChange (string value)

Optional: Set the onchange javascript function to calendar

Ex. $myCalendar->setOnChange("javascriptFunctionName()");

setPath (string path)

Optional: Set the path to the 'calendar_form.php' if it is not in the same directory as your script. The path string is a relative path to the script file.

Ex. $myCalendar->setPath("folder1/");

setSpecificDate (array dates, int type, string recursive)

Optional: Set the specific to enable or disable.

dates: the array of date, and date should be in format YYYY-MM-DD
type: enable or disable the date specified. 0=disable, 1=enable
recursive: '' (blank)=no recursive, calendar will process only on exact date, 'month'=monthly recursive, or 'year'=yearly recursive

Ex 1. $myCalendar->setSpecificDate(array("2011-04-22"));
Ex 2. $myCalendar->setSpecificDate(array("2011-04-22"), 0, 'month'); //disable date 22 every month
Ex 3. $myCalendar->setSpecificDate(array("2011-04-22"), 0, 'year'); //disable 22 Apr on every year

setText (string text)

Optional: Set text to display. The text will show in date picker mode when the icon is not set.

Ex. $myCalendar->setText("Click Me");

setTheme (string theme_name) - v3.75

Optional: Set calendar color theme. Theme name is represented for css folder name such as 'theme1' and theme folder must exist as {calendar_folder}/css/(theme_name)/calendar.css

Ex. $myCalendar->setTheme("theme1");

setTimezone (string timezone)

Optional: Set timezone to calendar. The valid timezone string is as specified on

Ex $myCalendar->setTimezone("Europe/London");

setToolTips (array dates, string tooltip, string recursive)

Optional: Set the tooltip info to be displayed on certain dates, recursively or not.

dates: the array of dates, and date should be in format YYYY-MM-DD
tooltip: string/text to be displayed when mouse hover the info.gif icon in the top-right corner of each day
recursive: "" (blank)=no recursive, calendar will process only on exact date, "month"=monthly recursive, or "year"=yearly recursive
hint: the function can be called any number of times, like all 5 examples below, together; multi-tooltips will be displayed on multi-lines, in this main order: non-recurrent, monthly then yearly, and then in the order of calling the function.

Ex 1. $myCalendar->setToolTips(array("2013-07-06", "2013-07-15", "2013-07-25"), "Tooltip Test");
Ex 2. $myCalendar->setToolTips(array("2013-06-06", "2013-06-01", "2013-06-05"), "Monthly Tooltip", "month");
Ex 3. $myCalendar->setToolTips(array("2013-06-06", "2013-07-11", "2013-09-15"), "Second Monthly Event", "month");
Ex 4. $myCalendar->setToolTips(array("2013-06-06", "2013-01-01", "2013-12-25"), "Yearly Event", "year");
Ex 5. $myCalendar->setToolTips(array("2013-07-06", "2013-07-15", "2013-07-25"), "Second Tooltip test");

setWidth (int width) - deprecated since v2.9 - auto sizing applied

Optional: Set width of calendar. Default value is 150 pixels

Ex. $myCalendar->setWidth(150);

setYearInterval (int year_start, int year_end)

Optional: Set the year start and year end display on calendar combo box. Default value is +15 and -15 from current year (30 years)

Ex. $myCalendar->setYearInterval(1970, 2020);

showInput (bool flag)

Optional: Set the input box display on/off. If showInput set to false, the date will display in panel as example above 'DatePicker with no input box'. Default value is true

Ex. $myCalendar->showInput(false);

showWeeks (bool flag)

Optional: Display weeks on calendar upon setting. Default value is false.

Ex. $myCalendar->showWeeks(true);

startDate (bool date_number)

Optional: You can choose any day as a start day of week. The possible values are 0 (for Sunday) through 6 (for Saturday). Default value is 0 (Sunday)

Ex. $myCalendar->startDate(6); //start day of week is Sat.

startMonday (bool flag) - deprecated since v3.61 - use startDate instead

Optional: Set whether the calendar will be start on Sunday or Monday. Set flag to true means the calendar will display first date as Monday, otherwise false will display first date as Sunday. Default value is false.

Ex. $myCalendar->startMonday(true);


Write the output calendar to the screen