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view: view_name {
  dimension: field_name {
    order_by_field: field_name
Possible Field Types
Dimension, Dimension Group, Measure

A field name

Using order_by_field incorrectly can cause inconsistent, confusing behavior for users.


The order_by_field parameter lets you use the sort order from a dimension, dimension group, or measure on another field of the same type, rather than using the default sort order. Fields that are referenced by the order_by_field parameter must match the field type of the parent field. A dimension cannot reference a field of type: measure, and vice versa.

For example, you have a table that contains both a status_id and a status_name column. When a user sorts by Status Name in the UI, you want the names to appear in the order of the status ID, and not the alphabetical order of the names.

There should be a 1:1 relationship between a dimension or dimension group and the field referenced by the order_by_field parameter, so that the grouping characteristics of both fields are exactly the same. If you do not ensure this, sorting can appear to be random to users.

If there is one and only one status_id for each status_name, you could write:

dimension: status_name {
  sql: ${TABLE}.status_name ;;
  order_by_field: status_id

With measures, order_by_field lets you use the sort order from a measure on another measure.

This can be helpful in cases where you want to sort a non-numeric measure type, such as a string, by a numeric measure type.

In this example, a string of cities is ordered by a count measure:

measure: user_cities {
  type: string
  order_by_field: count