Custom Summaries

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Custom summaries allow you to calculate summaries at your discretion. Custom summaries can do the following:

  • calculate a custom summary function;
  • involve multiple fields in summary calculation;
  • calculate a summary for records that match certain criteria.

Perform the following steps in Optimized mode:

The Pivot Grid control in Legacy and LegacyOptimized mode (before v19.2) can handle the PivotGridControl.CustomSummary event to implement a custom summary calculation routine. This approach can potentially degrade the performance.


In a custom summary calculation requires SELECT (to select from additional data sources) or JOIN operations, you can create a FederationDataSource and bind it to the Pivot Grid fields.

Example: How to Calculate Custom Summaries

This example demonstrates how to count distinct values (the number of orders with equal product quantities) and display the result in the pivot grid.

This example handles the CustomSummary event that occurs when the control calculates a summary for a field whose SummaryType is PivotSummaryType.Custom. The event handler calls the e.CreateDrillDownDataSource method to retrieve the underlying data rows for the current cell, counts distinct values and returns the result to the e.CustomValue property.


The complete sample project How to Create a Custom Summary Type to Display the Distinct Value Count is available in the DevExpress Examples repository.

<dx:ThemedWindow x:Class="DXPivotGrid_CustomSummary.MainWindow" mc:Ignorable="d" Title="MainWindow" Height="450" Width="800" 

        <dxpg:PivotGridControl CustomSummary="pivotGridControl1_CustomSummary" Loaded="PivotGridControl1_Loaded" Name="pivotGridControl1">
                <dxpg:PivotGridField Name="fieldCategoryName" FieldName="CategoryName" Area="RowArea" AreaIndex="0" Caption="Category Name" />
                <dxpg:PivotGridField Name="fieldProductName" FieldName="ProductName" Area="RowArea" AreaIndex="1" Caption="Product Name" />
                <dxpg:PivotGridField Name="fieldOrderDate" FieldName="OrderDate" Area="ColumnArea" AreaIndex="0" Caption="OrderDate" GroupInterval="DateYear" />
                <dxpg:PivotGridField Name="fieldQuantity" FieldName="Quantity" Area="DataArea" AreaIndex="0" Caption="Quantity" />
                <dxpg:PivotGridField Name="fieldQuantityDistinctCount" FieldName="Quantity" Area="DataArea" AreaIndex="1" Caption="Count Distinct" SummaryType="Custom" />


Custom summaries calculated using the PivotGridControl.CustomSummary event are not supported in server and OLAP modes.