Using the Pivot node?

Hi All,

I’m having trouble understanding / implementing the Pivot node.

I have data which looks roughly like this:

A1,1 Anywhere St
A2,99 There St
A1,4 Somewhere St
A3,22 Catch St

The output I am looking for is:

A1,1 Anywhere St,4 Somewhere St
A2,99 There St,
A3,22 Catch St,

Basically, I want rows to be rolled up and the number of columns automatically generated according to the data.

Any help very much appreciated,


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Hi @Mirri , as someone who also does not fully master pivot, I usually do this kind of operation using alternatives.

One alternative is to do a groupby on EmployeeID and concatenate the addresses, using comma as separator/delimiter, which essentially gives this:

And then just split the columns in multiple columns using the comma as delimiter (same delimiter as what we chose in the groupby) via the Cell Splitter node:

You can then rename the columns as you pleased:

Workflow looks like this:

Here’s the workflow: Pivot alternative.knwf (9.6 KB)


Hi @Mirri, although on the face of it your sample data and required results looks like a “pivot” transformation, the Pivot node cannot be directly used here without some additional assistance.

The reason for this is that the pivot needs to know what your new column names will need to be, based on attribute values from your data.

I’ll try to explain this here by way of your example.

Your original data set simply has EmployeeID and an address, but (ignoring the inbuilt Row ID) there is no “key” to your data, that identifies a row uniquely for a given address. In effect you are wanting to break your data up into “Address_1”, “Address_2”… “Address_n” but the identification of which address is which, is not indicated in your data set.

We can see that implicitly your data is as follows:

and if it were in this form, then Pivot could work, because it would be able to identify the different addresses using “AddressKey”. You would be able to “pivot your data around AddressKey”.

Specifically… if your data were in this format, you would be able to Pivot it by telling the Pivoting node to :

(1) “group by EmployeeID”

(2) “Pivot around AddressKey” (this is the “Pivots” tab)

(3) And Aggregate the addresses. (As you simply want to take each individual address and put it into its individual output column according to the “AddressKey” I can choose to simply take the “first” address for each Employee/AddressKey combination, as together, this returns only a single address)

This would then produce the desired result:

Of course your data doesn’t have this “AddressKey”, so for this to work, you would need to create it. One way of doing this would be using the Rank node and a String Manipulation.

I’ve borrowed @bruno29a 's flow here to use as the example data:


Ranking addresses in order of appearance within EmployeeID using the following config:

followed by a String Manipulation to create the AddressKey “Address_n”

returns the following dataset:

As you can see, we now have the required columns to enable the use of Pivoting. We can discard rank (simply by not including it in the Pivoting node config) and “pivot around” AddressKey as described above, and the output is as follows:


If we extend the sample data slightly:

You can see that the output extends:

In this case, pivoting has not saved on the number of nodes used compared with @bruno29a 's example, and of course either method can be used effectively (although you may have to change the choice of delimiter character used by Group By and Cell Splitter if your data sets contains the chosen character e.g. commas !). Hopefully this might help a little in understanding how Pivoting can be made to work for you.

Pivot example.knwf (15.5 KB)


Hi @bruno29a,

Thank you for your answer — it is straightforward, clever, and useful! I also hope you found @takbb ‘s answer interesting.

All the best,



Hi @takbb ,

Thank you for your answer! I received two very useful replies to my question — yours helps me understand pivoting, and I found that particularly helpful.

Many thanks again,



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