Listagg for IR Column Break Report

If you've used Interactive Reports (IR) in APEX for a while you may find a need to display a delimited list of values next to a sum row. The following screenshot shows this problem. Suppose you wanted to have a comma delimited list of names for each job such as FORD,SCOTT in the aggregation (sum) row.

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In SQL this is easy to do using the listagg function. unfortunately listagg isn't available as an IR aggregation option (Actions > Data > Aggregate). I recently needed to do this for an IR. The rest of this post will cover setup along with the JavaScript (JS) solution.


  1. Create an Interactive Report: select ename, sal from emp
  2. On the IR go to Actions > Format > Control Break and Select Job as the column (shown below)
    {% asset_img control-break.png %}
  3. On the IR go to Actions > Data > Aggregate and select Function: Sum and Column: Sal as shown below.
    {% asset_img aggregation-sum.png %}

The resulting report should look like the first screenshot at the begging of this article.


The JavaScript below will add in the necessary listagg for the Ename column for the IR.

//Set to the displayed header name
var headerName = 'Ename';

var headerNum; //ID for TH header object

// Find the header to listagg
  var $this = $(this)
  if($this.text() == headerName){
    headerNum = $this.closest('th.a-IRR-header').attr('id');

  var $aggRowTr = $(this).first().closest('tr');
  var $prevRow = null;
  var listaggHtml = '';

  // Loop over all the rows until next next column break
  while (true){
    $prevRow = !$prevRow ? $aggRowTr.prev('tr') : $prevRow.prev('tr');

    if ($prevRow.children('th').length > 0){
      // If TH is detected it's the end of the IR column break
      listaggHtml = $prevRow.children(`td[headers*="${headerNum}"]`).text() + ',' + listaggHtml;

  // Regex is to remove trailing comma
  $aggRowTr.children(`td[headers*="${headerNum}"]`).html(listaggHtml.replace(/,$/gi, ''));

}); // ('.a-IRR-aggregate-value').each

After running the JS code the report will look like:

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A few comments about this solution:

  • This code was for a personal report and thus the JS hasn't been optimized or properly tested on all browsers
  • Depending on your needs you may want to move it to a Dynamic Action
  • If you have time you may want to convert this to an APEX plugin. If so please share on plugins