Implementing jQuery Datepicker inside AngularJS ng-repeat Directive

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A couple days back I have posted an article on how to bind jQuery UI Datepicker to AngularJS, by creating a custom directive. In the previous example, I have used an <input> box to bind the Datepicker. Now, here in this post I am sharing a simple example that explains how to add jQuery UI Datepicker inside an ng-repeat directive block.

jQuery UI Datepicker inside AngularJS ng-repeat

See this demo

I’ll first create an HTML table using JSON array data and ng-repeat. I wish to add the Datepicker in each row of the table. Next, I’ll create my directive to add the jQuery UI Datepicker.

The View, My Custom Directive and Controller

I am creating an object names books in the controller. The JSON array holds the data for the <table>. Next, I have my custom directive, where I am calling the datepicker() method.

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://code.jquery.com/ui/1.12.0/themes/base/jquery-ui.css">
    <script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.12.4.js"></script>
    <script src="https://code.jquery.com/ui/1.12.0/jquery-ui.js"></script>

    <script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/angularjs/1.5.0/angular.min.js"></script>

    <p>Set focus on the last column cells to select date!</p>

    <div ng-app="myApp" 

                    <th>Name of the Book</th>
                        <th>Issuing Date</th>
            <tr ng-repeat="books in booksArray | orderBy : 'values.id'">

                        <td><input type="text" datepicker ng-model="datevalue" /></td>

    var myApp = angular.module('myApp', []);

    myApp.controller('myController', ['$scope', function ($scope) {
        // CREATE THE books OBJECT.
        $scope.books = [
            { 'id': '1', 'name': 'jQuery' },
            { 'id': '2', 'name': 'CSS3' },
            { 'id': '3', 'name': 'Angular 2' }

        $scope.booksArray = Object.keys($scope.books)
            .map(function (value, index) {
                return { values: $scope.books[value] }
    } ]);

    myApp.directive("datepicker", function () {

        function link(scope, element, attrs) {
            // CALL THE "datepicker()" METHOD USING THE "element" OBJECT.
                dateFormat: "dd/mm/yy"

        return {
            require: 'ngModel',
            link: link
Try it

That’s it. Now, every row in the table has a cell (the last column) that shows the Datepicker.

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Finally, you can bind the model with your view if you wish. This is how you should do it. Simply, add an expression (using curly braces {{ }}) inside another <td> (anywhere in the <table>).

<td><input type="text" datepicker ng-model="datevalue" /></td>
    <td>{{ datevalue }}</td>
See this demo

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