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# How to Get the First Row per Group in Redshift

Let's say we want to see the first order for every customer for a certain time period. This means we need to order the orders for every customer first. You can use `row_number()`

for this:

```
SELECT
*,
row_number() OVER (PARTITION BY customer_id ORDER BY orderdate ASC) AS row_number
FROM lineorder
WHERE orderdate BETWEEN '2018-11-01' AND '2018-11-30';
```

This gives the orders for the time period, plus the `row_number`

that resets for each customer. Since we only want to see the first order for each customer, we only want rows that have `row_number = 1`

. So we can include this in either a subquery, or better yet a common table expression.:

```
WITH orders AS (
SELECT
*,
row_number() OVER (PARTITION BY customer_id ORDER BY orderdate ASC) AS row_number
FROM lineorder
WHERE orderdate BETWEEN '2018-11-01' AND '2018-11-30'
)
SELECT * FROM orders WHERE row_number = 1;
```

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