summarize operator

Produces a table that aggregates the content of the input table.

Sales | summarize NumTransactions=count(), Total=sum(UnitPrice * NumUnits) by Fruit, StartOfMonth=startofmonth(SellDateTime)

Returns a table with how many sell transactions and the total amount per fruit and sell month. The output columns show the count of transactions, transaction worth, fruit, and the datetime of the beginning of the month in which the transaction was recorded.

T | summarize count() by price_range=bin(price, 10.0)

A table that shows how many items have prices in each interval [0,10.0], [10.0,20.0], and so on. This example has a column for the count and one for the price range. All other input columns are ignored.


T | summarize [SummarizeParameters] [[Column =] Aggregation [, ...]] [by [Column =] GroupExpression [, ...]]


  • Column: Optional name for a result column. Defaults to a name derived from the expression.

  • Aggregation: A call to an aggregation function such as count() or avg(), with column names as arguments.

  • GroupExpression: A scalar expression that can reference the input data. The output will have as many records as there are distinct values of all the group expressions.

  • SummarizeParameters: Zero or more (space-separated) parameters in the form of Name = Value that control the behavior. The following parameters are supported:

    Name Description
    hint.num_partitions Specifies the number of partitions used to share the query load on cluster nodes. See shuffle query
    hint.shufflekey=<key> The shufflekey query shares the query load on cluster nodes, using a key to partition data. See shuffle query
    hint.strategy=shuffle The shuffle strategy query shares the query load on cluster nodes, where each node will process one partition of the data. See shuffle query


When the input table is empty, the output depends on whether GroupExpression is used:

  • If GroupExpression is not provided, the output will be a single (empty) row.
  • If GroupExpression is provided, the output will have no rows.


The input rows are arranged into groups having the same values of the by expressions. Then the specified aggregation functions are computed over each group, producing a row for each group. The result contains the by columns and also at least one column for each computed aggregate. (Some aggregation functions return multiple columns.)

The result has as many rows as there are distinct combinations of by values (which may be zero). If there are no group keys provided, the result has a single record.

To summarize over ranges of numeric values, use bin() to reduce ranges to discrete values.


  • Although you can provide arbitrary expressions for both the aggregation and grouping expressions, it's more efficient to use simple column names, or apply bin() to a numeric column.
  • The automatic hourly bins for datetime columns is no longer supported. Use explicit binning instead. For example, summarize by bin(timestamp, 1h).

Aggregates default values

The following table summarizes the default values of aggregations:

Operator Default value
count(), countif(), dcount(), dcountif() 0
make_bag(), make_bag_if(), make_list(), make_list_if(), make_set(), make_set_if() empty dynamic array ([])
All others null

When using these aggregates over entities which includes null values, the null values will be ignored and won't participate in the calculation (see examples below).


Summarize price by fruit and supplier.

Unique combination

Determine what unique combinations of ActivityType and CompletionStatus there are in a table. There are no aggregation functions, just group-by keys. The output will just show the columns for those results:

Activities | summarize by ActivityType, completionStatus


ActivityType completionStatus
dancing started
singing started
dancing abandoned
singing completed

Minimum and maximum timestamp

Finds the minimum and maximum timestamp of all records in the Activities table. There's no group-by clause, so there's just one row in the output:

Activities | summarize Min = min(Timestamp), Max = max(Timestamp)


Min Max
1975-06-09 09:21:45 2015-12-24 23:45:00

Distinct count

Create a row for each continent, showing a count of the cities in which activities occur. Because there are few values for "continent", no grouping function is needed in the 'by' clause:

Activities | summarize cities=dcount(city) by continent


cities continent
4290 Asia
3267 Europe
2673 North America


The following example calculates a histogram for each activity type. Because Duration has many values, use bin to group its values into 10-minute intervals:

Activities | summarize count() by ActivityType, length=bin(Duration, 10m)


count_ ActivityType length
354 dancing 0:00:00.000
23 singing 0:00:00.000
2717 dancing 0:10:00.000
341 singing 0:10:00.000
725 dancing 0:20:00.000
2876 singing 0:20:00.000

Aggregates default values

When the input of summarize operator has at least one empty group-by key, its result is empty, too.

When the input of summarize operator doesn't have an empty group-by key, the result is the default values of the aggregates used in the summarize:

| summarize any_x=take_any(x), arg_max_x=arg_max(x, *), arg_min_x=arg_min(x, *), avg(x), buildschema(todynamic(tostring(x))), max(x), min(x), percentile(x, 55), hll(x) ,stdev(x), sum(x), sumif(x, x > 0), tdigest(x), variance(x)


any_x arg_max_x arg_min_x avg_x schema_x max_x min_x percentile_x_55 hll_x stdev_x sum_x sumif_x tdigest_x variance_x
NaN 0 0 0 0

The result of avg_x(x) is NaN due to dividing by 0.

| summarize  count(x), countif(x > 0) , dcount(x), dcountif(x, x > 0)


count_x countif_ dcount_x dcountif_x
0 0 0 0
| summarize  make_set(x), make_list(x)


set_x list_x
[] []

The aggregate avg sums all the non-nulls and counts only those which participated in the calculation (won't take nulls into account).

range x from 1 to 2 step 1
| extend y = iff(x == 1, real(null), real(5))
| summarize sum(y), avg(y)


sum_y avg_y
5 5

The regular count will count nulls:

range x from 1 to 2 step 1
| extend y = iff(x == 1, real(null), real(5))
| summarize count(y)


range x from 1 to 2 step 1
| extend y = iff(x == 1, real(null), real(5))
| summarize make_set(y), make_set(y)


set_y set_y1
[5.0] [5.0]