To export only the indexes of all tables in MySQL, you can use the following SQL query to generate the necessary CREATE INDEX statements for each index in your database. After generating the index creation statements, you can save them to a file and use it to recreate the indexes in another database.

Here's how you can export only the indexes of all tables in MySQL:

  1. Open a MySQL client (such as MySQL Workbench or the MySQL command-line client).

  2. Run the following SQL query to generate the CREATE INDEX statements for each index in the database:

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SELECT CONCAT('CREATE INDEX ', index_name, ' ON ', table_name, ' (', GROUP_CONCAT(column_name ORDER BY seq_in_index ASC SEPARATOR ', '), ');') AS create_index_statement FROM information_schema.statistics WHERE table_schema = 'your_database_name';

Replace your_database_name with the name of your database. This query retrieves the index name, table name, and the list of column names for each index in the specified database and formats them into CREATE INDEX statements.

  1. The output of the query will be a list of CREATE INDEX statements, one for each index in the database. Copy the output to a text file and save it with a .sql extension (e.g., indexes.sql).

  2. To recreate the indexes in another database, you can simply execute the contents of the indexes.sql file in that database using a MySQL client. This will recreate all the indexes based on the statements provided in the file.

Important Notes:

  • This method exports only the index creation statements, not the table data or other schema definitions. If you need to export the entire database schema, including tables, indexes, and data, you should consider using tools like mysqldump.

  • Before running the CREATE INDEX statements on another database, make sure you have the necessary privileges and backup the target database to avoid data loss.

  • If you have a large number of indexes, the output of the query may be extensive. In such cases, consider using a text editor with search and replace functionality to customize the output as needed.

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