EXPLAIN statement provides
information about how MySQL executes statements:
EXPLAINis used with an explainable statement, MySQL displays information from the optimizer about the statement execution plan. That is, MySQL explains how it would process the statement, including information about how tables are joined and in which order. For information about using
EXPLAINto obtain execution plan information, see Section 8.8.2, “EXPLAIN Output Format”.
EXPLAINis used with
FOR CONNECTIONrather than an explainable statement, it displays the execution plan for the statement executing in the named connection. See Section 8.8.4, “Obtaining Execution Plan Information for a Named Connection”.
EXPLAINproduces additional execution plan information that can be displayed using
SHOW WARNINGS. See Section 8.8.3, “Extended EXPLAIN Output Format”.
EXPLAINis useful for examining queries involving partitioned tables. See Section 24.3.5, “Obtaining Information About Partitions”.
FORMAToption can be used to select the output format.
TRADITIONALpresents the output in tabular format. This is the default if no
FORMAToption is present.
JSONformat displays the information in JSON format.
With the help of
EXPLAIN, you can
see where you should add indexes to tables so that the statement
executes faster by using indexes to find rows. You can also use
EXPLAIN to check whether the
optimizer joins the tables in an optimal order. To give a hint
to the optimizer to use a join order corresponding to the order
in which the tables are named in a
SELECT statement, begin the
SELECT STRAIGHT_JOIN rather
Section 13.2.13, “SELECT Statement”.) However,
STRAIGHT_JOIN may prevent indexes from being
used because it disables semijoin transformations. See
Section 18.104.22.168, “Optimizing IN and EXISTS Subquery Predicates with Semijoin
The optimizer trace may sometimes provide information
complementary to that of
However, the optimizer trace format and content are subject to
change between versions. For details, see
Internals: Tracing the Optimizer.
If you have a problem with indexes not being used when you
believe that they should be, run
TABLE to update table statistics, such as cardinality
of keys, that can affect the choices the optimizer makes. See
Section 22.214.171.124, “ANALYZE TABLE Statement”.
EXPLAIN can also be used to
obtain information about the columns in a table.
SHOW COLUMNS FROM
. For more
information, see Section 13.8.1, “DESCRIBE Statement”, and
Section 126.96.36.199, “SHOW COLUMNS Statement”.