In this article I will explain you, how to use jquery calendar control in ASP.NET MVC. Here I will also describe that how to pass selected date of calendar to controller.

Create a property in a model class that returns a date to a caller. In the below class I had created a property named Date in which we can set Date value or we can get Date from that property.

using System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations;

using System.ComponentModel;

namespace MVCCalendar.Models
     public class ModelClass
         [Required(ErrorMessage = "Date Required")]
         public string Date

We have to add following jquery file (jquery-1.6.2.min.js, jquery-ui-1.8.16.custom.min.js) to use the calendar control in View. I have also created a javascript function in script tag that call’s the datepicker function.

When you click on submit button it will call another view (SubmitDate) that return a selected date. 

 <%@ Page Language="C#" Inherits="System.Web.Mvc.ViewPage<MVCCalendar.Models.ModelClass>" %>

<!DOCTYPE html>
<head runat="server">
     <script src="../../Scripts/jquery-1.6.2.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
     <script src="../../Scripts/jquery-ui-1.8.16.custom.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
     <script type="text/javascript">
         $(function () {
     <% using (Html.BeginForm("SubmitDate", "Home", FormMethod.Post))
         <div class="demo">
                <%: Html.TextBoxFor(x => x.Date, new { id = "datepicker" })%>
                <input type="submit" value="Submit" />
         <%} %>


In a Controller class, Index action returns a view and SubmitDate action returns a date if you selected, else it will give a message "You have not selected any date".

using System.Web.Mvc;

using MVCCalendar.Models;

namespace MVCCalendar.Controllers
     public class HomeController : Controller
         public ActionResult Index()
            return View();

         public string SubmitDate(ModelClass model)
            if (ModelState.IsValid)
                return "You have selected a date : <b>" + model.Date.ToString() + "</b>";
            return "You have not selected any date";


After completing the above process you can see an output of your project by pressing F5. In the browser it will show you a textbox and when you set a focus on textbox it will show you a calendar. You can select a date from calendar.

Calendar in MVC

When you select a country and click on submit button, it will call Submit action from the Controller and show you a selected date.

Calendar in MVC

By using above process you can simply learn that how to use calendar and get a selected value from the calendar in MVC.

  Modified On Mar-23-2018 02:10:33 AM

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