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Calendar in MVC

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.

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