Android DatePicker Tutorial With Example

Hello Readers! In this post, we are going to learn about how to use android datePicker widget in any android application. We will also go through different attributes of datePicker widget that can be used to customise it.


Tutorialwing Android DatePicker Output Android DatePicker Tutorial With Example

Tutorialwing Android DatePicker Output

Getting Started

DatePicker widget can be defined as below –

DatePicker is a widget that provides a display to select any date

Attributes of Android DatePicker Widget

Some of the popular attributes of android datePicker widget are –

Sr. XML Attributes Description
1 android:calendarTextColor Defines text color of the calendar
2 android:calendarViewShown Checks whether calendar view is shown or not
3 android:datePickerMode Defines the look of the widget
4 android:dayOfWeekBackground Defines the background color for the header’s day of week
5 android:endYear Defines the last year (inclusive) of the calendar
6 android:firstDayOfWeek Defines the first day of the week according to Calendar
7 android:headerBackground Defines background for the selected date header
8 android:maxDate Defines the maximal date shown by the calendar in mm/dd/yyyy format
9 android:minDate Defines the minimal date shown by the calendar in mm/dd/yyyy format
10 android:spinnersShown Specifies whether spinners are shown or not
11 android:startYear Defines the first year (inclusive) of the calendar

Some of the popular attributes of DatePicker inherited from FrameLayout are –

Sr. XML Attributes Description
1 android:foregroundGravity It defines the gravity of the foreground drawable
2 android:measureAllChildren When measuring, It specifies whether to measure all children or only those that are in visible or invisible state

Some of the popular attributes of android datePicker inherited from ViewGroup are –

Sr. XML Attributes Description
1 android:animationCache Defines whether layout animations should create a drawing cache for their children.
2 android:layoutAnimation Defines the layout animation to use the first time the ViewGroup is laid out
3 android:layoutMode Defines the layout mode

Some of the popular attributes of datePicker inherited from View are –

Sr. XML Attributes Description
1 android:fadeScrollbars Defines whether scrollbar should fade out when not in use or not
2 android:fitsSystemWindows Defines whether to adjust view layout according to system windows.
3 android:id Defines id of the view
4 android:minHeight Defines minimum height
5 android:minWidth Defines minimum width
6 android:padding Defines padding of the view
7 android:visibility Defines visibility of the view

Example of Android DatePicker Widget

At first, we will create android application. Then, we will use datePicker widget in this application.

1. Creating New Project

Follow steps below to create new project. Please ignore the steps if you have already created a new application.

Step Description
1. Open Android Studio.
2. Go to File => New => New Project. Write application name as DatePicker. Then, click next button.
3. Select minimum SDK you need. However, we have selected 17 as minimum SDK. Then, click next button
4. Then, select Empty Activity => click next => click finish.
5. If you have followed above process correctly, you will get a newly created project successfully. However, you can also visit post to create a new project to know steps in detail.

Now, we will modify xml and java file to use datePicker widget in the application.

2. Modify Values folder

No values folder have been modified. So, we are not going to mention them here.

3. Use DatePicker Widget in xml file

Open res/layout/activity_main.xml file. Then, add below code into it.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>




In activity_main.xml file, we have defined textView and datePicker in android application. Now, we will access these widgets in java file.

4. Access DatePicker Widget in java file

Open src/main/java/com.tutorialwing.datepicker/ file. Then, add below code into it.

package com.tutorialwing.datepicker;

import android.os.Bundle;
import android.widget.DatePicker;
import android.widget.TextView;
import android.widget.Toast;

import java.util.Calendar;

public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

	protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

		final TextView textView = findViewById(;

		DatePicker datePicker = findViewById(;
		if (datePicker != null) {
			Calendar today = Calendar.getInstance();
			datePicker.init(today.get(Calendar.YEAR), today.get(Calendar.MONTH), today.get(Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH),

					new DatePicker.OnDateChangedListener() {

						public void onDateChanged(DatePicker view, int year, int monthOfYear, int dayOfMonth) {
							String msg = "Selected Date is " + dayOfMonth + "/" + monthOfYear + "/" + year;
							Toast.makeText(MainActivity.this, msg, Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

							if (textView != null) {

In file, we have accessed textView and datePicker widgets. Then, we have set date change listener to display selected date in textView widget.

Since AndroidManifest.xml file is very important in any android application, we are also going to see the content inside this file.


Code inside src/main/AndroidManifest.xml file is as below –

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<manifest package="com.tutorialwing.datepicker"

		<activity android:name=".MainActivity">
				<action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN"/>

				<category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER"/>


When we run the program, we will get output as shown above.

That’s end of tutorial on Android DatePicker widget.

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