Wednesday, 29 April 2015

AngularJS Custom Validator Example - Comparing Two Dates

Below is an example of AngularJS custom validator to compare an end date with a start date to make sure that the end date is equal or bigger than the start date. To see basic usage of AngularJS validation, please see my previous post.

HTML codes:
<!DOCTYPE html>

    <script src=""></script>
    <script src=""></script>
    <script src="script.js"></script>

  <body ng-app="validationExample">
    <div ng-controller="MyCtrl as vm">
      <form name="myForm" novalidate="" ng-submit="vm.submitted(myForm, vm.input)">
        <span class="input-label">Start Date</span> 
        <input type="date" name="startDate" ng-model="vm.input.startDate" required />
        <span ng-messages="myForm.startDate.$error" ng-messages-include="errors-template.html"></span>
        <br />       
        <span class="input-label">End Date</span> 
        <input type="date" name="endDate" ng-model="vm.input.endDate" start-date="{{vm.input.startDate.yyyymmdd()}}" compare-with-start-date />
        <span ng-messages="myForm.endDate.$error" ng-messages-include="errors-template.html"></span>
        <br />             
    <!-- error messages template -->
    <script id="errors-template.html" type="text/ng-template">
        <span ng-message="required">* required!</span>
        <span class="form-error" ng-message="checkEndDate">* end date cannot be earlier than start date</span>


JavaScript codes:
var myApp = angular.module('validationExample', ['ngMessages'])

myApp.controller('MyCtrl', [function () {
    var vm = this;
    vm.submitted = function(form, input) {
      if(form.$valid) {
} ]);

myApp.directive("compareWithStartDate", function () {
    return {
        restrict: "A",
        require: "?ngModel",
        link: function (scope, element, attributes, ngModel) {
            validateEndDate = function (endDate, startDate) {
                if (endDate && startDate) {
                    startDate = new Date(startDate);
                    startDate.setHours(0, 0, 0, 0);
                    endDate = new Date(endDate);
                    endDate.setHours(0, 0, 0, 0);
                    return endDate >= startDate;
                else {
                    return true;

            // use $validators.validation_name to do the validation
            ngModel.$validators.checkEndDate = function (modelValue) {
                var startdate = Date.parse(attributes.startDate);
                var enddate = modelValue;
                return validateEndDate(enddate, startdate);
            // use $observe if we need to keep an eye for changes on a passed value
            attributes.$observe('startDate', function (value) {
                var startdate = Date.parse(value);
                var enddate = Date.parse(ngModel.$viewValue);
                // use $setValidity method to determine the validation result 
                // the first parameter is the validation name, this name is the same in ng-message template as well
                // the second parameter sets the validity (true or false), we can pass a function returning a boolean
                ngModel.$setValidity("checkEndDate", validateEndDate(enddate, startdate));

// function to parse date time object into yyyy-mm-dd format string
Date.prototype.yyyymmdd = function () {
    var yyyy = this.getFullYear().toString();
    var mm = (this.getMonth() + 1).toString(); // getMonth() is zero-based         
    var dd = this.getDate().toString();

    return yyyy + '-' + (mm[1] ? mm : "0" + mm[0]) + '-' + (dd[1] ? dd : "0" + dd[0]);

See the example in Plunker.


Ali Adravi said...

Why we need to write any code if we can do all these by just setting the textbox attributes like in start date and end date

max-date='enddate' // in start textbox
min-date='startdate' // in end textbox

see for more detail:

rical said...

Hi Ali,

In the example, I don't want to add/use bootstrap module and all other required files. I have another UI library that I use and I want this function to be lightweight. The date input can use the simple date input control from HTML 5, unless if there is a need to use more advanced features.

Mary Brown said...

Very useful Date Validation on AngularJS

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Manzoor Ahmed said...

Hi ,
i want to use same logic with datepicker of bootstrap ,please help