All MySQL data types can be indexed. Use of indexes on the
relevant columns is the best way to improve the performance of
The maximum number of indexes per table and the maximum index length is defined per storage engine. See Chapter 14, Storage Engines. All storage engines support at least 16 indexes per table and a total index length of at least 256 bytes. Most storage engines have higher limits.
syntax in an index specification, you can create an index that
uses only the first
N characters of a
string column. Indexing only a prefix of column values in this
way can make the index file much smaller. When you index a
TEXT column, you
must specify a prefix length for the index.
CREATE TABLE test (blob_col BLOB, INDEX(blob_col(10)));
Prefixes can be up to 1000 bytes long (767 bytes for
Prefix limits are measured in bytes, while the prefix length
CREATE TABLE statements is
interpreted as number of characters. Take this into
account when specifying a prefix length for a column that uses
a multibyte character set.
You can also create
FULLTEXT indexes. These
are used for full-text searches. Only the
MyISAM storage engine supports
FULLTEXT indexes and only for
TEXT columns. Indexing always
takes place over the entire column and column prefix indexing is
not supported. For details, see
Section 12.9, “Full-Text Search Functions”.
You can also create indexes on spatial data types. Only
MyISAM supports R-tree indexes on spatial
types. As of MySQL 5.0.16, other storage engines use B-trees for
indexing spatial types (except for
NDB, which do not support
spatial type indexing).
MEMORY storage engine uses
HASH indexes by default, but also supports