Masatoshi Nishiguchi
Software Engineer

Column indexing and unique column constraints in Rails

database rails index performance

Column indexing

# Add an index on the email column of the users table.
$ rails generate migration add_index_to_users_email
# The migration for adding an index on the email column of the users table and
# enforcing email uniqueness.
# Note: The index by itself doesn’t enforce uniqueness.
# (The option `unique: true` does.)
class AddIndexToUsersEmail < ActiveRecord::Migration
  def change
    add_index( :users, :email, unique: true )
# NOTE: When you tell Rails something like `belongs_to :photo`, Rails does not
# update the database to index `user.photo_id`.
# This way, each direction of our user and photo lookup is fast and easy.
def up
  add_index( :users, :username )
  add_index( :users, :photo_id )