Returns the number of elements within a cell range that meet a certain criteria.

Sample Usage

COUNTIF(C5:C10, "Passed")



COUNTIF(range, criteria)

  • range - The cells to which the criteria is applied.
  • criteria - The pattern or test to apply to the range.


COUNTIF(B1:B6,">5")  counts the elements in the range that are less than 5.
COUNTIF(C5:C10, "Passed") counts the elements in the range that match with the string "Passed".


  • Ensure that criteria is enclosed in quotation marks.
  • criteria is not case sensitive.
  • To perform conditional counts with multiple criteria, use COUNTIFS.
  • criteria can contain wildcard characters. Currently, the use of asterisk (*) is supported.
    • An asterisk matches any sequence of characters.
    • To match an actual asterisk, type a tilde (~) before the character. For example: (~*).