# Count

Returns the number of valid, non-blank values in a field.

`Count ( field {; field...} )`

## Parameters

`field`

- any related field, repeating field, or set of non-repeating fields; or an expression that returns a field, repeating field, or set of non-repeating fields.

Parameters in braces { } are optional.

## Data type returned

number

## Originated in

FileMaker Pro 6.0 or earlier

## Description

`Field`

can be any of the following:

•a repeating field `(repeatingField)`

.

•a field in matching related records specified by `(table::field)`

, whether or not these records appear in a portal.

•several non-repeating fields in a record `(field1;field2;field3...)`

.

•corresponding repetitions of repeating fields in a record `(repeatingField1;repeatingField2;repeatingField3)`

, if the result is returned in a repeating field with at least the same number of repeats.

•several fields in the first matching record specified by `(table::field1;table::field2;...)`

. You can include fields from different tables `(table 1::field A;table 2::field B...)`

.

## Notes

•When a referenced field is a repeating field, the Count function returns the total number of valid, non-blank values in the first repetition field, then the number of valid, non-blank values in the second repetition field, and so on.

## Example 1

The Accounts layout has a portal showing installment payments made.

`Count(Payments::Payment)`

returns the number of payments made on an account.

## Example 2

In the following examples:

•Field1 contains two repetitions with values of 1 and 2.

•Field2 contains four repetitions with values of 5, 6, 7, and 8.

•Field3 contains 6.

`Count(Field2)`

returns **4** when the calculation isn't a repeating field.

`Count(Field1;Field2;Field3)`

returns **3**, **2**, **1**, **1** when the calculation is a repeating field.

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