SQL DROP INDEX


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What is the SQL DROP INDEX Statement?

The SQL DROP INDEX statement is the SQL command that removes an entire SQL index.

Why Use the SQL DROP INDEX Statement?

You may drop an index permanently when it is no longer useful or temporarily. If the index is harming or not helping performance it could be dropped.

Indexes may slow down the loading of data because they must be maintained during the data load process. For high performance loads, an index could be dropped for the duration of a load and then recreated.

How To Use the SQL DROP INDEX Statement

The SQL DROP INDEX command is used as follows.

SQL DROP INDEX Statement Syntax

 
DROP INDEX <table_name>.<index_name>
 

SQL DROP INDEX Statement Example

The following example drops an index named IDX_PERSON_NAME on a table named PERSON.

 
DROP INDEX PERSON.IDX_PERSON_NAME
 

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