- Sagar T

Invisible Index
 An invisible index is an index that is maintained by the

database but ignored by the optimizer unless explicitly specified.  The invisible index is an alternative to dropping or making an index unusable. (Unlike unusable indexes, invisible indexes behave the same like a normal index towards the DML operations. They need to be updated with each DML operation. No advantage of making an index invisible during bulk load inserts)

Need of Invisible Indexes
 In testing scenarios, one may need to tune queries, check the effectiveness of optimizer behavior based on indexes on tables. This will require dropping and recreating indexes numerous times.

Solution – Use invisible indexes and instead of dropping the index, make it invisible rather than dropping and recreating as recreation of an index is very expensive and requires a lot of database resources and consumes time.
 In production scenarios , having an index may improve the performance of a single query, while it can degrade the performance of other queries.

Solution- Using Invisible indexes, its possible to have infrequent queries refer indexes while remaining invisible for other queries.
 The optimizer cannot guarantee the best suitable index required for the query in an environment which is cluttered by too many indexes on a table.

Solution – Use invisible indexes to make the optimizer ignore the indexes degrading the performance of the query.



Invisible indexes can help to a great extent, in testing scenarios where the optimizer behaviour needs to be tested without the index. This does not need dropping and recreating the index.  Indexes can be created for certain adhoc queries (queries that are fired very infrequently) and can be made invisible after the usage.

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