CONTAINSROW DAX Function (Information)

Returns TRUE if there exists at least one row where all columns have specified values.


CONTAINSROW ( <Table>, <Value> [, <Value> [, … ] ] )
Parameter Attributes Description

The table to test.

Value Repeatable

A scalar expression to look for in the corresponding column.

Return values

Scalar A single boolean value.

A value of TRUE if a row of values exists in a table; otherwise, the function returns FALSE.


The IN operator internally executes CONTAINSROW.

The number of scalarExprN must match the number of columns in tableExpr.

Unlike the = operator, the IN operator and the CONTAINSROW function perform strict comparison. For example, the BLANK value does not match 0.

NOT IN is not an operator in DAX. To perform the logical negation of the IN operator, put NOT in front of the entire expression. For example:

NOT [Color] IN { "Red", "Yellow", "Blue" }

The following expressions are equivalent:

Product[Color] IN { "Red", "Blue", "Yellow" }
CONTAINSROW ( { "Red", "Blue", "Yellow" }, Product[Color] )

The following expressions using two columns are equivalent:

( 'Date'[Year], 'Date'[MonthNumber] ) IN { ( 2018, 12 ), ( 2019, 1 ) }
CONTAINSROW ( { ( 2018, 12 ), ( 2019, 1 ) }, 'Date'[Year], 'Date'[MonthNumber] )

Related articles

Learn more about CONTAINSROW in the following articles:

  • The IN operator in DAX

    This article describes the IN operator in DAX, which simplifies logical conditions checking whether a certain value is included in a list of values or expressions. » Read more

Last update: Nov 21, 2020   » Contribute   » Show contributors

Contributors: Alberto Ferrari, Marco Russo

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Context Transition

This function performs a Context Transition if called in a Row Context. Click to read more.

Row Context

This expression is executed in a Row Context. Click to read more.


Not recommended

The use of this function is not recommended. See Remarks and Related functions for alternatives.

Not recommended

The use of this parameter is not recommended.


This function is deprecated. Jump to the Alternatives section to see the function to use.


This parameter is deprecated and its use is not recommended.

DirectQuery compatibility

Limitations are placed on DAX expressions allowed in measures and calculated columns.
The state below shows the DirectQuery compatibility of the DAX function.


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