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CREATE INDEX-bak defines a new index.

Indexes are primarily used to enhance database performance (though inappropriate use can result in slower database performance). You are advised to create indexes on:

  • Columns that are often queried
  • Join conditions. For a query on joined columns, you are advised to create a composite index on the columns. For example, select * from t1 join t2 on t1. a=t2. a and t1. b=t2.b. You can create a composite index on the a and b columns of table t1.
  • Columns having filter criteria (especially scope criteria) of a where clause
  • Columns that appear after order by, group by, and distinct.

The partitioned table does not support concurrent index creation, partial index creation, and NULL FIRST.


  • Indexes consume storage and computing resources. Creating too many indexes has negative impact on database performance (especially the performance of data import. Therefore, you are advised to import the data before creating indexes). Create indexes only when they are necessary.
  • All functions and operators used in an index definition must be immutable, that is, their results must depend only on their parameters and never on any outside influence (such as the contents of another table or the current time). This restriction ensures that the behavior of the index is well-defined. To use a user-defined function in an index expression or WHERE clause, remember to mark the function immutable when you create it.
  • A unique index created on a partitioned table must include a partition column and all the partition keys.
  • PSORT (default) and BTREE indexes can be used in column-store and HDFS tables, but cannot be used to create expression, partial, and unique indexes.
  • Column-store tables support GIN indexes, which can be created by specifying index expressions. In this case, an expression in this situation cannot contain empty splitters, empty columns, or multiple columns. In addition, partial indexes and unique indexes are not supported.
  • Multiple indexes can be created in an HDFS table. The total number of columns involved in an index cannot exceed 16.


  • Create an index on a table.
    CREATE [ UNIQUE ] INDEX [ index_name ] ON table_name [ USING method ]
        ({ { column_name | ( expression ) } [ COLLATE collation ] [ opclass ] [ ASC | DESC ] [ NULLS { FIRST | LAST } ] }[, ...] )
        [ WITH ( {storage_parameter = value} [, ... ] ) ]
        [ WHERE predicate ];
  • Create an index for a partition table.
    CREATE [ UNIQUE ] INDEX [ index_name ] ON table_name [ USING method ]
        ( {{ column_name | ( expression ) } [ COLLATE collation ] [ opclass ] [ ASC | DESC ] [ NULLS LAST ] }[, ...] )
        LOCAL [ ( { PARTITION index_partition_name  } [, ...] ) ]
        [ WITH ( { storage_parameter = value } [, ...] ) ]

Parameter Description


    Causes the system to check for duplicate values in the table when the index is created (if data exists) and each time data is added. Attempts to insert or update data which would result in duplicate entries will generate an error.

    Currently, only B-tree supports UNIQUE.

  • index_name

    Specifies the name of the index to create. No schema name can be included here; the index is always created in the same schema as its parent table.

    Value range: a string. It must comply with the naming convention rule.

  • table_name

    Specifies the name of the table to be indexed (optionally schema-qualified).

    Value range: An existing table name.

  • USING method

    Specifies the name of the index method to be used.

    Value range:

    • btree: B-tree indexes store key values of data in a B+ tree structure. This structure helps users to quickly search for indexes. B-tree supports comparison query and query range.
    • gin: GIN indexes are reverse indexes and can process values that contain multiple keys (for example, arrays).
    • gist: GiST indexes are suitable for multidimensional data types, such as geometric and geographic data types, and the set data type.
    • Psort: Psort indexes locally sort indexes of column-store tables.

    Row-column tables support btree (default), gin, and gist. Column-store tables support Psort (default), btree, and gin.

  • column_name

    Specifies the name of a column of the table.

    Multiple columns can be specified if the index method supports multi-column indexes. A maximum of 32 columns can be specified.

  • expression

    Specifies an expression based on one or more columns of the table. The expression usually must be written with surrounding parentheses, as shown in the syntax. However, the parentheses can be omitted if the expression has the form of a function call.

    Expression can be used to obtain fast access to data based on some transformation of the basic data. For example, an index computed on upper(col) would allow the clause WHERE upper(col) = 'JIM' to use an index.

    If an expression contains IS NULL, the index for this expression is invalid. In this case, you are advised to create a partial index.

  • COLLATE collation

    Assigns a collation to the column (which must be of a collatable data type). If no collation is specified, the default collation is used.

  • opclass

    Specifies the name of an operator class. Specifies an operator class for each column of an index. The operator class identifies the operators to be used by the index for that column. For example, a B-tree index on the type int4 would use the int4_ops class; this operator class includes comparison functions for values of type int4. In practice, the default operator class for the column's data type is sufficient. The operator class applies to data with multiple sorts. For example, we might want to sort a complex-number data type either by absolute value or by real part. We could do this by defining two operator classes for the data type and then selecting the proper class when making an index.

  • ASC

    Indicates ascending sort order (default).

  • DESC

    Indicates descending sort order.


    Specifies that nulls sort before non-nulls. This is the default when DESC is specified.


    Specifies that nulls sort after non-nulls. This is the default when DESC is not specified.

  • WITH ( {storage_parameter = value} [, ... ] )

    Specifies the storage parameter used for an index.

    Value range:

    For GIN indexes, set it to FASTUPDATE or GIN_PENDING_LIST_LIMIT. For indexes other than GIN or Psort, set it to FILLFACTOR.

      The fillfactor for an index is a percentage between 10 and 100.

      Value range: 10–100


      Specifies whether fast update is enabled for the GIN index.

      Value range: ON and OFF

      Default: ON


      Specifies the maximum capacity of the pending list of the GIN index when fast update is enabled for the GIN index.

      Value range: 64–INT_MAX. The unit is KB.

      Default value: The default value of gin_pending_list_limit depends on gin_pending_list_limit specified in GUC parameters. By default, the value is 4 MB.

  • WHERE predicate

    Creates a partial index. A partial index is an index that contains entries for only a portion of a table, usually a portion that is more useful for indexing than the rest of the table. For example, if you have a table that contains both billed and unbilled orders where the unbilled orders take up a small fraction of the total table and yet that is an often used section, you can improve performance by creating an index on just that portion. Another possible application is to use WHERE with UNIQUE to enforce uniqueness over a subset of a table.

    Value range: predicate expression can refer only to columns of the underlying table, but it can use all columns, not just the ones being indexed. Presently, subquery and aggregate expressions are also forbidden in WHERE.

  • PARTITION index_partition_name

    Specifies the name of the index partition.

    Value range: a string. It must comply with the naming convention rule.


-- Create the tpcds.ship_mode_t1 table:
CREATE TABLE tpcds.ship_mode_t1
    SM_SHIP_MODE_SK           INTEGER               NOT NULL,
    SM_SHIP_MODE_ID           CHAR(16)              NOT NULL,
    SM_TYPE                   CHAR(30)                      ,
    SM_CODE                   CHAR(10)                      ,
    SM_CARRIER                CHAR(20)                      ,
    SM_CONTRACT               CHAR(20)

-- Create a common index on the SM_SHIP_MODE_SK column in the tpcds.ship_mode_t1 table:
CREATE UNIQUE INDEX ds_ship_mode_t1_index1 ON tpcds.ship_mode_t1(SM_SHIP_MODE_SK);

-- Create a B-tree index on the SM_SHIP_MODE_SK column in the tpcds.ship_mode_t1 table:
CREATE INDEX ds_ship_mode_t1_index4 ON tpcds.ship_mode_t1 USING btree(SM_SHIP_MODE_SK);

-- Create an expression index on the SM_CODE column in the tpcds.ship_mode_t1 table:
CREATE INDEX ds_ship_mode_t1_index2 ON tpcds.ship_mode_t1(SUBSTR(SM_CODE,1 ,4));

-- Create a partial index on the SM_SHIP_MODE_SK column where SM_SHIP_MODE_SK is greater than 10 in the tpcds.ship_mode_t1 table:
CREATE UNIQUE INDEX ds_ship_mode_t1_index3 ON tpcds.ship_mode_t1(SM_SHIP_MODE_SK) WHERE SM_SHIP_MODE_SK>10;

-- Rename an existing index:
ALTER INDEX tpcds.ds_ship_mode_t1_index1 RENAME TO ds_ship_mode_t1_index5;

-- Set the index as unusable:
ALTER INDEX tpcds.ds_ship_mode_t1_index2 UNUSABLE;

-- Recreate an index:
ALTER INDEX tpcds.ds_ship_mode_t1_index2 REBUILD;

-- Delete an existing index:
DROP INDEX tpcds.ds_ship_mode_t1_index2;

-- Delete the table.
DROP TABLE tpcds.ship_mode_t1;

-- Create the tpcds.customer_address_p1 table:
CREATE TABLE tpcds.customer_address_p1
    CA_ADDRESS_SK             INTEGER               NOT NULL,
    CA_ADDRESS_ID             CHAR(16)              NOT NULL,
    CA_STREET_NUMBER          CHAR(10)                      ,
    CA_STREET_NAME            VARCHAR(60)                   ,
    CA_STREET_TYPE            CHAR(15)                      ,
    CA_SUITE_NUMBER           CHAR(10)                      ,
    CA_CITY                   VARCHAR(60)                   ,
    CA_COUNTY                 VARCHAR(30)                   ,
    CA_STATE                  CHAR(2)                       ,
    CA_ZIP                    CHAR(10)                      ,
    CA_COUNTRY                VARCHAR(20)                   ,
    CA_GMT_OFFSET             DECIMAL(5,2)                  ,
    CA_LOCATION_TYPE          CHAR(20)


-- Create the partitioned table index ds_customer_address_p1_index1 without specifying the index partition name:
CREATE INDEX ds_customer_address_p1_index1 ON tpcds.customer_address_p1(CA_ADDRESS_SK) LOCAL;

-- Create the partitioned table index ds_customer_address_p1_index2 and specify the index partition name:
CREATE INDEX ds_customer_address_p1_index2 ON tpcds.customer_address_p1(CA_ADDRESS_SK) LOCAL
) ;

-- Rename the index partition:
ALTER INDEX tpcds.ds_customer_address_p1_index2 RENAME PARTITION CA_ADDRESS_SK_index1 TO CA_ADDRESS_SK_index4;

-- Delete the created indexes and the partitioned table:
DROP INDEX tpcds.ds_customer_address_p1_index1;
DROP INDEX tpcds.ds_customer_address_p1_index2;
DROP TABLE tpcds.customer_address_p1;

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