I am new topsql and am interested in counting the number of unique first time users per day.

My table only has two columns- user_id (there can be multiple uses by one user per day) and start_time which is a timestamp that indicates the time of use. The count should only include users whose min(start_time) fell on that day.

Why does the following query not work? Shouldn't it be possible to select distinct on two variables at once?

SELECT COUNT (DISTINCT min(start_time::date), user_id), 
       start_time::date as date 
FROM mytable 


ERROR: function count(date, integer) does not exist

The output would look like this

        date count
1 2017-11-22    56
2 2017-11-23    73
3 2017-11-24    13
4 2017-11-25    91
5 2017-11-26   107
6 2017-11-27    33...

Any suggestions about how to count distinct min Date and user_id and then group by date in psql would be appreciated.

  • 1
    You don't show data, so it's a bit hard to understand what you mean when you say "first time"? If a user visits a site on two distinct days, do they only get tallied once on the first day, or on every day they visit once. Mar 19, 2018 at 5:23

1 Answer 1


Because your form is off, what you want is

FROM generate_series(1,10) AS gs(x);

Or, in your case,

SELECT start_time::date, count(DISTINCT user_id) 
FROM mytable 
GROUP BY start_time::date;

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