The flatpickr Instance

Retrieving the flatpickr instance

You may store the instance by assigning the result of an invocation to a variable.

Here are a few ways to do it.

const fp = flatpickr("#myID", {}); // flatpickr
const myInput = document.querySelector(".myInput");
const fp = flatpickr(myInput, {});  // flatpickr
const calendars = flatpickr(".calendar", {});
calendars[0] // flatpickr

And if you’ve forgot to save the instance to a variable

flatpickr("#myInput", {}); // invocation without saving to a var
// ...

const fp = document.querySelector("#myInput")._flatpickr;

Properties

Once you’ve got the instance in say fp, accessing props is as simple as e.g. fp.currentYear

selectedDates

The array of selected dates (Date objects).

currentYear

The year currently displayed on the calendar.

currentMonth

The zero-indexed month number (0-11) currently displayed on the calendar.

config

The configuration object (defaults + user-specified options).

Methods

changeMonth(monthNum, is_offset = true)

Changes the current month.

let calendar = flatpickr(yourElement, config);
calendar.changeMonth(1); // go a month ahead
calendar.changeMonth(-2); // go two months back

calendar.changeMonth(0, false); // go to January

clear()

Resets the selected dates (if any) and clears the input.

close()

Closes the calendar.

destroy()

Destroys the flatpickr instance, cleans up - removes event listeners, restores inputs, etc.

formatDate(dateObj, formatStr)

dateObj is a Date, and formatStr is a string consisting of formatting tokens.

Return Value A string representation ofdateObj,  formatted as per formatStr

jumpToDate(date)

Sets the calendar view to the year and month of date, which can be a date string, a Date, or nothing.

Ifdateis undefined, the view is set to the latest selected date, the minDate, or today’s date

open()

Shows/opens the calendar.

parseDate(dateStr, dateFormat)

Parses a date string or a timestamp, and returns a Date.

redraw()

Redraws the calendar. Shouldn’t be necessary in most cases.

set(option, value)

Sets a config option optionto value, redrawing the calendar and updating the current view, if necessary.

setDate(date, triggerChange, dateStrFormat)

Sets the current selected date(s) todate, which can be a date string, a Date, or anArray of the Dates.

Optionally, pass true as the second argument to force any onChange events to fire. And if you’re passing a date string with a format other than your dateFormat, provide a dateStrFormat e.g. "m/d/Y".

toggle()

Shows/opens the calendar if its closed, hides/closes it otherwise.

Elements

input

The text input element associated with flatpickr.

calendarContainer

Self-explanatory. This is the div.flatpickr-calendar element.

prevMonthNav

The “left arrow” element responsible for decrementing the current month.

nextMonthNav

The “right arrow” element responsible for incrementing the current month.

currentMonthElement

The span holding the current month’s name.

currentYearElement

The input holding the current year.

days

The container for all the day elements.

Useful static methods

flatpickr exposes its date parser and formatter which don’t require an instance to work.

While not as powerful as say moment.js, they’re functional enough to replace it in most of the basic usecases.

flatpickr.parseDate(dateStr, dateFormat)

Returns a Date object.

flatpickr.parseDate("2016-10-20", "Y-m-d")

Thu Oct 20 2016 00:00:00

flatpickr.parseDate("31/01/1995", "d/m/Y")

Tue Jan 31 1995 00:00:00

flatpickr.formatDate(dateObj, dateFormat)

flatpickr.formatDate(new Date(), "Y-m-d h:i K")

“2017-04-24 11:56 AM”