SQL : How to Find Unused Indexes details

The Dynamic Management View (DMV) named sys.dm_db_index_usage_stats that track  index usage details of the database. This DMV gives an information about an index which is being updated but not used in any seeks, scan or lookup operations.

The below query list

  1. Table name
  2. Index name
  3. No of Rows
  4. Size of Index
  5. Type of Index
  6. Drop SQL statement

Index dropping is done at your risk. Validate.. the data before dropping any information from the database.

select object_name(i.object_idas ObjectNamei.name as [Unused Index],MAX(p.rowsRows 
,8 * SUM(a.used_pagesAS 'Indexsize(KB)'case  
    when i.type = 0 then 'Heap'  
    when i.type1 then 'clustered' 
    when i.type=2 then 'Non-clustered'   
    when i.type=3 then 'XML'   
    when i.type=4 then 'Spatial'  
    when i.type=5 then 'Clustered xVelocity memory optimized columnstore index'   
    when i.type=6 then 'Nonclustered columnstore index'  
end index_type'DROP INDEX ' + i.name + ' ON ' + object_name(i.object_id'Drop Statement' 
from sys.indexes i 
left join sys.dm_db_index_usage_stats s on s.object_id = i.object_id 
     and i.index_id = s.index_id 
     and s.database_id = db_id() 
JOIN sys.partitions AS p ON p.OBJECT_ID = i.OBJECT_ID AND p.index_id = i.index_id 
JOIN sys.allocation_units AS a ON a.container_id = p.partition_id 
where objectproperty(i.object_id'IsIndexable') = 1 
AND objectproperty(i.object_id'IsIndexed') = 1 
and s.index_id is null -- and dm_db_index_usage_stats has no reference to this index 
or (s.user_updates > 0 and s.user_seeks = 0 and s.user_scans = 0 and s.user_lookups = 0)-- index is being updated, but not used by seeks/scans/lookups 
GROUP BY object_name(i.object_id) ,i.name,i.type 
order by object_name(i.object_idasc


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