I have а custom module that will show some reports. It will have two textfields, so when a user clicks one of the fields "starting date" and "end date" a calendar will popup and will able to select the dates. After selecting the dates, it will show the table with the results.

I've been using "Date" module with content type/fields, but I've never done in a custom module.

If these are the two fields:


$content['starting_date'] = array(
     '#type' => 'textfield',
     '#title' => 'Starting date',

$content['end_date'] = array(
     '#type' => 'textfield',
     '#title' => 'End date',


How can I show the popup calendar when a user clicks on some of the textfields and show the results?

I'm using Drupal 7.

EDIT: I'm marking Clive's answer, but the date_popup works only on forms, not custom fields.

  • Why do you need a custom module for this? Isn't content type with fields doing the job? – m1n0 Feb 4 '14 at 11:14
  • The page has a custom access callback, connects with a web service and all the results are gathering from there . – user2519032 Feb 4 '14 at 11:16

Assuming you have the date popup module installed and enabled:

$form['starting_date'] = array(
  '#type' => 'date_popup',
  '#title' => 'Starting date',
  '#date_format' => 'd/m/Y',
  '#default_value' => date('Y-m-d'),
  • I've just tried that. It doesn't show the popup. The date module and date_popup is already instaled. When I revert to "#type" => 'textfield' it's showing the textfield with no problems. – user2519032 Feb 4 '14 at 11:25
  • I just tried it too (copy and pasted) into a normal form, works perfectly for me – Clive Feb 4 '14 at 11:29
  • Ok, I've tried on a form too. Yes, it's working, but on my custom page callback that doesn't use form, I cannot make the date_popup appear. – user2519032 Feb 4 '14 at 11:32
  • The date popup is a form element, so it won't work outside of a form. If you don't want to use a form you'll need to implement a custom JS solution, the date module won't be able to help you unfortunately – Clive Feb 4 '14 at 11:37
  • +1 from me and I've edited my thread. So I guess I have to find how to implement custom JS for that. Too bad the date module wont help. – user2519032 Feb 4 '14 at 11:41

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