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SQL Server FAQ - sys.indexes - Viewing Existing Indexes on an Given Table

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How To View Existing Indexes on an Given Table using sys.indexes?

Another way to view existing indexes defined for a given table is to use the system view called "sys.indexes". The tutorial exercise shows you how many indexes were defined from the previous tutorial on table "fyi_links":

USE FyiCenterData;
GO

SELECT * FROM sys.indexes WHERE object_id = (
   SELECT object_id FROM sys.tables WHERE name = 'fyi_links'
);
GO
object_id  name           index_id  type_desc     is_unique
---------  -------------  --------  ----------    ---------
421576540  NULL           0         HEAP          0
421576540  fyi_links_id   2         NONCLUSTERED  0
421576540  fyi_links_url  3         NONCLUSTERED  0

The extra line in the query result is not a real index at this moment. It will be explained in another tutorial.

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  1. What Are Indexes?
  2. How To Create an Index on an Existing Table?
  3. How To View Existing Indexes on an Given Table using SP_HELP?
  4. How To View Existing Indexes on an Given Table using sys.indexes?
  5. How To Drop Existing Indexes?
  6. Is the PRIMARY KEY Column of a Table an Index?
  7. Does the UNIQUE Constraint Create an Index?
  8. What Is the Difference Between Clustered and Non-Clustered Indexes?
  9. How To Create a Clustered Index?
  10. How To Create an Index for Multiple Columns?
  11. How To Create a Large Table with Random Data for Index Testing?
  12. How To Measure Performance of INSERT Statements?
  13. Does Index Slows Down INSERT Statements?
  14. Does Index Speed Up SELECT Statements?
  15. What Happens If You Add a New Index to Large Table?
  16. What Is the Impact on Other User Sessions When Creating Indexes?
  17. What Is Index Fragmentation?
  18. What Causes Index Fragmentation?
  19. How To Defragment Table Indexes?
  20. How To Defragment Indexes with ALTER INDEX ... REORGANIZE?
  21. How To Rebuild Indexes with ALTER INDEX ... REBUILD?
  22. How To Rebuild All Indexes on a Single Table?
  23. How To Recreate an Existing Index?

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