MAX DAX Function (Aggregation)

Returns the largest value in a column, or the larger value between two scalar expressions. Ignores logical values. Strings are compared according to alphabetical order.


MAX ( <ColumnNameOrScalar1> [, <Scalar2>] )
Parameter Attributes Description

The column in which you want to find the largest value, or the first scalar expression to compare.

Scalar2 Optional

The second value to compare.

Return values

Scalar A single value of any type.

Largest value found in the column or in the two expressions.


When used with a single column, the MAX function internally executes MAXX, without any performance difference.
The following MAX call:

MAX ( table[column] )

corresponds to the following MAXX call:


The result is blank in case there are no rows in the table with a non-blank value.

When used with two arguments, the syntax:

MAX ( exp1, exp2 )

corresponds to:

VAR v1 = exp1
VAR v2 = exp2
    v1 > v2, 

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Last update: Nov 20, 2020   » 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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