COUNTA DAX Function (Aggregation)

Counts the number of values in a column.


COUNTA ( <ColumnName> )
Parameter Attributes Description

The column that contains the values to be counted.

Return values

Scalar A single integer value.

Returns the number of cells in a column that contain a non blank value.


The only argument allowed to this function is a column.

When the function finds no rows that are non-blank, it returns a blank.

COUNT and COUNTA are identical in DAX for all the data types except Boolean. COUNTA can operate on a Boolean data type, whereas COUNT cannot do that.

The COUNTA function internally executes COUNTAX, without any performance difference.
The following COUNTA call:

COUNTA ( table[column] )

corresponds to the following COUNTAX call:


Related functions

Other related functions are:

Last update: Jan 11, 2021   » Contribute   » Show contributors

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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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