Disable weekends in jQuery date picker

In web development, taking date input from users commonly occurs. The jQuery Date picker provides an excellent user interface and user experience. It also provides many functionalities like start date, end date, format date for user display and more.

While taking date input sometimes we need to skip some dates or need to force a user to select dates except for some date days or dates like weekends or holidays. Without a date picker, we need to validate it against user input but a date picker provides functionality to disable some dates while taking user input easily.

For example, we are creating HRMS or a school application that has a leave module. So it is normal to take leave on working days only. The user can not apply for leave on weekends. In this example, we will disable weekends from date picker instance using jQuery.

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Disable Weekends In jQuery Datepicker</title>
    <link href="http://code.jquery.com/ui/1.9.2/themes/smoothness/jquery-ui.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/bootstrap@4.6.1/dist/css/bootstrap.min.css" integrity="sha384-zCbKRCUGaJDkqS1kPbPd7TveP5iyJE0EjAuZQTgFLD2ylzuqKfdKlfG/eSrtxUkn" crossorigin="anonymous">
    <div class="container">
        <h2>How To Disable Weekends In jQuery Datepicker</h2>
        <div class="row mt-3">
            <div class="col-md-12 form-group">
                <label>Select Date :</label>
                <input type="text" id="datepicker" class="form-control">
    <script src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.8.3.min.js"></script>
    <script src="http://code.jquery.com/ui/1.9.2/jquery-ui.js"></script>
    <script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/bootstrap@4.6.1/dist/js/bootstrap.bundle.min.js" integrity="sha384-fQybjgWLrvvRgtW6bFlB7jaZrFsaBXjsOMm/tB9LTS58ONXgqbR9W8oWht/amnpF" crossorigin="anonymous"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript">
        $(function() {
            $( "#datepicker" ).datepicker({  beforeShowDay: $.datepicker.noWeekends });

In the above code, we have used libraries like Bootstrap, jquery-ui, and jquery and defined single input with id as a date picker. Then in the document ready method, we initialized jQuery datepicker. While initializing jQuery Datepicker, we applied the beforeShowDay property and its value for disabling weekends.

When someone tries to select a date then it will show weekends disabled and the user can not select Saturday or Sunday. Below is a simple output image for the above example.


In this article, we have created simple date input and disabled weekends for that input. Some many options or properties can be useful with a date picker.