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Kendo UI for jQuery offers a new component that makes it easy for developers to work with time duration inputs—the TimeDurationPicker—with great UI and UX.

Creating inputs for duration or intervals of days, hours, minutes, seconds and milliseconds—it’s a headache. But not anymore!

Now Progress Kendo UI for jQuery delivers a new component that makes it easy for developers to work with duration inputs, all with great UI and UX—the TimeDurationPicker.

TimeDurationPicker input:

TimeDurationPicker input has space for days, hours, minutes, seconds, milliseconds

With a modern, beautiful look and feel that’s fully configurable, you can adjust the column data you want to input. For example, the sample above has day, hour, minute, second and millisecond, and custom captions for user input, adding a custom separator.

The sample above was built using this command:

                columns: [{ name: "days", format: "## day "},
                { name: "hours", format: "## hour " },
                { name: "minutes", format: "## min" },
                { name: "seconds", format: "## sec" },
                { name: "milliseconds", format: "### milli" }],
                shortcuts: [
                    { text: "1h 30min", value: 5400000 },
                    { text: "2h 30min", value: 9000000 },
                    { text: "4 hours", value: 14400000 }
                separator: ":"

If you are new here, let me say that Kendo UI for jQuery is a complete framework for building web applications and MVVM solutions with beautiful and consistent UI and the best UX in the market. You can see examples here.

Experiencing the TimeDurationPicker

The component has navigation keys to select and accept input from the keyboard. It’s all easy to set up and use, and I’ll demonstrate the basic commands.

This is a sample of the implementation:

<!DOCTYPE html>
        <link rel="stylesheet" href="" />
        <script src=""></script>
        <script src=""></script>
        <input id="timedurationpicker" title="timedurationpicker" />
        <button id="get-value">Get Value</button>
            var myTimeDurationPicker = // define a var to read the value after
                columns: [{ name: "hours", format: "## h " }, { name: "minutes", format: " ## m" }],
                shortcuts: [
                    { text: "30min", value: 1800000 },
                    { text: "1h 30min", value: 5400000 },
                    { text: "2 hours", value: 7200000 }
                separator: ":"

            click: function() {
                    kendo.alert(myTimeDurationPicker.value()); // read and display the value

💡Tips and tricks:

  • This sample will not run on just opening the HTML file. You need open it in a secure https connection.
  • The script should come after the HTML input tag.
  • Don’t miss that the component’s property value computes in milliseconds.

Fast Selection Buttons

You can customize buttons with preset data—see the image below, with “1h 30min” and “2 hours,” “3 hours,” “ 1 day” and “5 days”:

Easy buttons at the top have options for 1hr 30 min, 2 hours, 3 hours, 1 day, 5 days

The above TimeDurationPicker was configured with these parameters:

shortcuts: [
  { text:  "1h 30min", value:  5400000 },
  { text:  "2 hours", value:  7200000 },
  { text:  "3 hours", value:  10800000 },
  { text:  "1 day", value:  131415000 },
  { text:  "5 days", value:  432000000 }

The text caption of the shortcuts is up to you. They could be whatever you need to describe your interval.

The value is in milliseconds, so 131,415,000 equals 1 day, 12 hours, 30 minutes and 15 seconds.

For example, by selecting the “1 day” button, the input will look like the one shown in the TimeDurationPicker image sample above.

To calculate the value of the buttons, you can use this calculator:

  • Minutes multiplied by 60 seconds and 1000 milliseconds, for example, 5 min x 60 sec x 1000 ms = 300,000.
  • Hours multiplied by 60 minutes by 60 seconds and 1000 milliseconds, for example, 1 x 60 x 60 x 1000 = 3,600,000.

How to Store Values in the Database

You can store in a database of your preference the value from the method “Value()” of the TimeDurationPicker control. And you can store the value in a data type integer column if you need intervals up to 25 days because an integer supports 2,147,483,647 milliseconds.

However, if your project needs intervals bigger than 25 days, you must store them in a data type bigint column or equivalent.

Using the Value Interval in Your Application

After reading from the database, you can process the DateTime increasing in milliseconds.

C# sample:

double nInterval = db["valueInterval"];
DateTime dateInit = DateTime.Now();

for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++)
    dateInit = dateInit.AddMilliseconds(nInterval);

Real-World Experience

I’ve prepared a sample UI to demonstrate the basic commands in action.

This app sample has three different hypothetical uses for TimeDurationPicker.

Configuring Duration Exams

A selector with a full caption for “hours” and “minutes.”

resonance-magnetic-configuration app allows time inputs

Defining Paid TV Program Duration

Sample with seconds selector input.

A TV programming app allows time inputs

Establishing Daily Activities

You can define only the hour and the minutes and choose a small caption and no shortcuts.

My Daily Activities app has time inputs with spots for breakfast, gym, etc. time duration

Or no captions at all:

Very plain time entry

If you haven’t created your project, follow this guide in the documentation.

You are free to access this sample app on GitHub at

Try Now

Experience the TimeDurationPicker for yourself! Give Kendo UI for jQuery a try for free:

Try Kendo UI for jQuery

About the Author

Jefferson S. Motta

Jefferson S. Motta is a senior software developer, IT consultant and system analyst from Brazil, developing in the .NET platform since 2011. Creator of www.Advocati.NET, since 1997, a CRM for Brazilian Law Firms. He enjoys being with family and petting his cats in his free time. You can follow him on LinkedIn and GitHub.

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