SUMMARIZE DAX Function (Table manipulation)

Creates a summary of the input table grouped by the specified columns.


SUMMARIZE ( <Table> [, <GroupBy_ColumnName> [, [<Name>] [, [<Expression>] [, <GroupBy_ColumnName> [, [<Name>] [, [<Expression>] [, … ] ] ] ] ] ] ] )
Parameter Attributes Description

The input table.

GroupBy_ColumnName Optional

A column to group by or a call to ROLLUP function to specify a list of columns to group by with subtotals.

Not recommended

A column name to be added.

Row Context
Not recommended

The expression of the new column is executed in both a row context and a filter context.

Return values

Table An entire table or a table with one or more columns.

A table with the selected columns for the GroupBy_ColumnName arguments and the summarized columns designed by the name arguments.


The GroupBy_ColumnName must be either in table or in a related table to Table.

SUMMARIZE should not be used to add columns. As an alternative, use SUMMARIZECOLUMNS or ADDCOLUMNS / SUMMARIZE.

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--  SUMMARIZE groups its first argument by the set of columns 
--  provided in the next parameters.
--  The groupby columns can be any column of the expanded table.
        'Date'[Calendar Year]
    'Product'[Color] = "Silver Grey"

Brand Calendar Year
Contoso 2007-01-01
Fabrikam 2007-01-01
A. Datum 2007-01-01
Contoso 2008-01-01
Fabrikam 2008-01-01
A. Datum 2008-01-01
Contoso 2009-01-01
Fabrikam 2009-01-01
A. Datum 2009-01-01
--  SUMMARIZE can also create new columns like ADDCOLUMNS does
--  even though we strongly discourage using this feature due
--  to the complexity of the result in some scenarios.
--  Columns are computed in both a row and a filter context
--  filtering the currently iterated row.
        'Date'[Calendar Year],
        "Qty", SUM ( Sales[Quantity] ),
        "Brand & Year", 'Product'[Brand] & " - " & 'Date'[Calendar Year]
    'Product'[Color] = "Silver Grey"
Brand Calendar Year Qty Brand & Year
Contoso 2007-01-01 51 2007-01-01
Fabrikam 2007-01-01 64 2007-01-01
A. Datum 2007-01-01 173 2007-01-01
Contoso 2008-01-01 96 2008-01-01
Fabrikam 2008-01-01 90 2008-01-01
A. Datum 2008-01-01 149 2008-01-01
Contoso 2009-01-01 58 2009-01-01
Fabrikam 2009-01-01 121 2009-01-01
A. Datum 2009-01-01 157 2009-01-01
--  SUMMARIZE can produce subtotals using the ROLLUP
--  function to group columns.
        ROLLUP ( 'Product'[Brand], 'Date'[Calendar Year] ),
        "Amt", [Sales Amount]
    'Product'[Brand] IN { "Contoso", "Litware" },
    'Date'[Calendar Year] IN { "CY 2008", "CY 2007" }
Brand Calendar Year Amt
Contoso 2007-01-01 2,729,818.54
Litware 2007-01-01 647,385.82
Contoso 2008-01-01 2,369,167.68
Litware 2008-01-01 1,487,846.74
Contoso (Blank) 5,098,986.22
Litware (Blank) 2,135,232.56
(Blank) (Blank) 7,234,218.78
--  SUMMARIZE has the option of grouping by columns computed
--  in the query.
            IF ( Sales[Quantity] > 1, "Large", "Small" )
    "Amt", [Sales Amount]
SalesType Amt
Small 17,569,935.65
Large 13,021,408.33

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    The GROUP BY condition of a SQL statement is natively implemented by SUMMARIZE in DAX. This article shows how to use SUMMARIZE and an alternative syntax to group data. » Read more

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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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