Create a Simple Datepicker with Tailwind CSS and HTML


By Faraz -

Learn how to create a custom datepicker using Tailwind CSS and HTML in this step-by-step tutorial. Perfect for web development beginners.


Table of Contents

  1. Project Introduction
  2. HTML Code
  3. CSS Code
  4. Preview
  5. Conclusion

Creating a datepicker for your website can significantly enhance the user experience. With Tailwind CSS, you can build a stylish and functional datepicker with ease. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process of creating a datepicker using HTML and Tailwind CSS. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced developer, this step-by-step guide will help you implement a custom datepicker in no time.


Before we start, make sure you have the following:

  • Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS.
  • Familiarity with Tailwind CSS.
  • A code editor (like VS Code).
  • Node.js and npm installed on your machine (Production).

Source Code

Step 1 (HTML Code):

Let’s create the basic HTML structure for our datepicker. Create an index.html file in your project directory and add the below code.

Here's a detailed explanation of each part of the code:

1. DOCTYPE and HTML Tag:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
  • Declares the document type and sets the language to English.

2. Head Section:

    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <title>Tailwind Simple Datepicker</title>
    <link rel="preconnect" href="">
    <link rel="preconnect" href="" crossorigin="">
    <link href=";400;500;600;700;800&display=swap" rel="stylesheet">
    <script src=""></script>
  • Meta tags for character encoding, compatibility mode, and viewport settings.
  • Title of the page.
  • Preconnect to Google Fonts for better performance.
  • Link to the Inter font family from Google Fonts.
  • Link to Tailwind CSS from a CDN.

3. Body Section:

<body style="font-family: Inter" class="p-5 bg-white dark:bg-gray-900 antialiased">
  • Sets the font family to Inter.
  • Adds padding (p-5), a white background (bg-white), and dark mode background (dark).
  • Enables antialiased text rendering.

4. Datepicker Container:

<div class="relative max-w-sm">
  • Creates a container with relative positioning and a maximum width (max-w-sm).

5. Icon Inside the Container:

<div class="absolute inset-y-0 start-0 flex items-center ps-3.5 pointer-events-none">
    <svg class="w-4 h-4 text-gray-500 dark:text-gray-400" aria-hidden="true" xmlns="" fill="currentColor" viewBox="0 0 20 20">
        <path d="M20 4a2 2 0 0 0-2-2h-2V1a1 1 0 0 0-2 0v1h-3V1a1 1 0 0 0-2 0v1H6V1a1 1 0 0 0-2 0v1H2a2 2 0 0 0-2 2v2h20V4ZM0 18a2 2 0 0 0 2 2h16a2 2 0 0 0 2-2V8H0v10Zm5-8h10a1 1 0 0 1 0 2H5a1 1 0 0 1 0-2Z"/>
  • An absolutely positioned div inside the container.
  • The div contains an SVG icon representing a calendar, which is used as the datepicker icon.
  • The icon is styled with Tailwind CSS classes for size and color.

6. Input Field:

<input datepicker type="text" class="bg-gray-50 border border-gray-300 text-gray-900 text-sm rounded-lg focus:ring-blue-500 focus:border-blue-500 block w-full ps-10 p-2.5 dark:bg-gray-700 dark:border-gray-600 dark:placeholder-gray-400 dark:text-white dark:focus:ring-blue-500 dark:focus:border-blue-500" placeholder="Select date">
  • An input field of type text with a datepicker attribute, making it ready for datepicker functionality.
  • The input field has various Tailwind CSS classes for styling:
    • bg-gray-50 for a light gray background.
    • border border-gray-300 for a gray border.
    • text-gray-900 for dark text color.
    • text-sm for small text size.
    • rounded-lg for rounded corners.
    • focus:ring-blue-500 focus:border-blue-500 for blue focus ring and border.
    • block w-full for full width.
    • ps-10 p-2.5 for padding.
    • Dark mode styles: dark:bg-gray-700 dark:border-gray-600 dark:placeholder-gray-400 dark:text-white dark:focus:ring-blue-500 dark:focus:border-blue-500.
  • A placeholder text "Select date".

7. Flowbite Datepicker Script:

<script src=""></script>
  • Includes the Flowbite datepicker JavaScript file from a CDN, enabling the datepicker functionality for the input field.

Step 2 (CSS Code):

No custom CSS thanks to Tailwind!


 No custom CSS thanks to Tailwind!


Final Output:



Creating a datepicker with Tailwind CSS and HTML is a straightforward process. By following this tutorial, you’ve learned how to set up a project, structure your HTML, style your datepicker with Tailwind CSS, and add interactivity with JavaScript. This custom datepicker can be easily integrated into any web project, enhancing the user experience with a stylish and functional component. Feel free to customize and expand upon this example to suit your specific needs.

Credit: Flowbite

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