# Count

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

## Format

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 version

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.