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Power Pivot Principles: The A to Z of DAX Functions – DISTINCT(table)

16 May 2023

In our long-established Power Pivot Principles articles, we continue our series on the A to Z of Data Analysis eXpression (DAX) functions.  This week, we look at DISTINCT (table)


The DISTINCT (table) function

The DISTINCT(table) function is one of the table manipulations functions that returns a table containing only the distinct rows.  This means that the duplicate rows are removed, and only unique rows are returned.  It has the following syntax:


It has just the one [1] argument:

  • table: this is required and represents the table from which unique rows are to be returned or an expression that returns a table.

Here are a few remarks about this function:

  • the current filter context has an impact on the results of the DISTINCT(table) function
  • this function is not supported for use in DirectQuery mode when used in calculated columns or row-level security (RLS) rules
  • there is another version of the DISTINCT(table) function which is the DISTINCT(column) function.  The latter function removes the duplicate value for a column or expression that resulted in column.

For example, we can create a simple table using the DATATABLE function in DAX:

It should return the follow table in Excel:

Then we can use the DISTINCT(table) function to wrap around the DAX code to remove duplicate row for this table:

Hence, the code above will result in the following table:

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