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How do I index a database column (6)

Hopefully, I can get answers for each database server.

For an outline of how indexing works check out: How does database indexing work?


  1. CREATE INDEX name_index ON Employee (Employee_Name)

  2. On a multi column: CREATE INDEX name_index ON Employee (Employee_Name, Employee_Age)


An index is not always needed for all the databases. For eg: Kognitio aka WX2 engine doesn't offer a syntax for indexing as the database engine takes care of it implicitly. Data goes on via round-robin partitioning and Kognitio WX2 gets data on and off disk in the simplest possible way.


In SQL Server, you can do the following: ( MSDN Link to full list of options.)

CREATE [ UNIQUE ] [ CLUSTERED | NONCLUSTERED ] INDEX index_name 
    ON <object> ( column [ ASC | DESC ] [ ,...n ] ) 
    [ INCLUDE ( column_name [ ,...n ] ) ]
    [ WHERE <filter_predicate> ]

(ignoring some more advanced options...)

The name of each Index must be unique database wide.

All indexes can have multiple columns, and each column can be ordered in whatever order you want.

Clustered indexes are unique - one per table. They can't have INCLUDE d columns.

Nonclustered indexes are not unique, and can have up to 999 per table. They can have included columns, and where clauses.


Since most of the answers are given for SQL databases, I am writing this for NOSQL databases, specifically for MongoDB.

Below is the syntax to create an index in the MongoDB using mongo shell.

db.collection.createIndex( <key and index type specification>, <options> )

example - db.collection.createIndex( { name: -1 } )

In the above example an single key descending index is created on the name field.

Keep in mind MongoDB indexes uses B-tree data structure.

There are multiple types of indexes we can create in mongodb, for more information refer to below link - https://docs.mongodb.com/manual/indexes/


To create indexes following stuff can be used:

  1. Creates an index on a table. Duplicate values are allowed: CREATE INDEX index_name ON table_name (column_name)

  2. Creates a unique index on a table. Duplicate values are not allowed: CREATE UNIQUE INDEX index_name ON table_name (column_name)

  3. Clustered Index: CREATE CLUSTERED INDEX CL_ID ON SALES(ID);

  4. Non-clustered index:
    CREATE NONCLUSTERED INDEX NONCI_PC ON SALES(ProductCode);

Refer: http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/190263/Indexes-in-MS-SQL-Server for details.


We can use following syntax to create index.

CREATE INDEX <index_name> ON <table_name>(<column_name>)

If we do not want duplicate value to be allowed then we can add UNIQUE while creating index as follow

CREATE UNIQUE INDEX <index_name> ON <table_name>(<column_name>)

We can create index on multiple column by giving multiple column name separated by ' , '





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