Returns the first date in the current context for the specified column of dates.




Term Definition
dates A column that contains dates.

Return value

A table containing a single column and single row with a date value.


The dates argument can be any of the following:

  • A reference to a date/time column.

  • A table expression that returns a single column of date/time values,.

  • A Boolean expression that defines a single-column table of date/time values.


Constraints on Boolean expressions are described in the topic, CALCULATE function (DAX).

When the current context is a single date, the date returned by the FIRSTDATE and LASTDATE functions will be equal.

The Return value is a table that contains a single column and single value. Therefore, this function can be used as an argument to any function that requires a table in its arguments. Also, the returned value can be used whenever a date value is required.

This DAX function is not supported for use in DirectQuery mode. For more information about limitations in DirectQuery models, see


The following sample formula creates a measure that obtains the first date when a sale was made in the Internet sales channel for the current context.


See also

Date and time functions (DAX)
Time-intelligence functions (DAX)
LASTDATE function (DAX)