Using date-fns to parse and format dates

date-fns v1 can’t parse date using a custom formats (see this issue), however it will be supported from v2, which is published with the next tag:

yarn add date-fns@next

Use the parseDate prop to parse the input typed by the user, and the formatDate prop to format them.

In the following example, we are importing parse and format from date-fns.


import React from 'react';

import DayPickerInput from 'react-day-picker/DayPickerInput';
import { DateUtils } from 'react-day-picker';
import 'react-day-picker/lib/style.css';

import dateFnsFormat from 'date-fns/format';
import dateFnsParse from 'date-fns/parse';

function parseDate(str, format, locale) {
  const parsed = dateFnsParse(str, format, { locale });
  if (DateUtils.isDate(parsed)) {
    return parsed;
  return undefined;

function formatDate(date, format, locale) {
  return dateFnsFormat(date, format, { locale });

export default function Example() {
  const FORMAT = 'M/D/YYYY';
  return (
      placeholder={`${dateFnsFormat(new Date(), FORMAT)}`}