Opened 3 years ago

Last modified 44 hours ago

#20888 assigned New feature

Index ordering in index_together and unique_together

Reported by: anonymous Owned by: akki
Component: Database layer (models, ORM) Version: master
Severity: Normal Keywords: index, order, db-indexes
Cc: aksheshdoshi@… Triage Stage: Accepted
Has patch: yes Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: no UI/UX: no

Description (last modified by timgraham)


Currently the index_together tuples do not support index ordering using + / -.

If I have the following table:

class Messages:

     ['user_id', 'rating',  'last_update',] # sorted ASC by default

So for MySQL, the following query cannot make use of the index:


Pardon me if it actually can make use of the index.

I know there are workarounds, such as negating values to make a DESC ordering become ASC ordering.
But it is just nice to have such a feature.
Btw, what is the reason for not having this feature?

Change History (11)

comment:1 Changed 3 years ago by wim@…

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Hi anonymous, thanks for taking the time to fill in a ticket. Just to answer your question: most features are not implemented because people did not have time to write the code for it. :) So if you are willing to write a pull request and contribute such a feature could land in Django.

Unfortunately I do not understand MySQl enough to mark this ticket as accepted.

comment:2 Changed 3 years ago by akaariai

  • Triage Stage changed from Unreviewed to Accepted

To me this seems acceptable. Of course, supporting this only on MySQL isn't good, I believe most backends support index ordering.

comment:3 Changed 3 years ago by animan1

  • Owner changed from nobody to animan1
  • Status changed from new to assigned

comment:4 Changed 3 years ago by timo

  • Easy pickings unset

comment:5 Changed 3 years ago by anonymous

  • Easy pickings set
  • Owner animan1 deleted
  • Status changed from assigned to new

comment:6 Changed 3 years ago by timo

  • Easy pickings unset

comment:7 Changed 5 months ago by akki

  • Cc aksheshdoshi@… added

comment:8 Changed 5 months ago by auvipy

  • Version changed from 1.5 to master

comment:9 Changed 3 months ago by timgraham

  • Description modified (diff)
  • Keywords db-indexes added

comment:10 Changed 4 days ago by akki

  • Owner set to akki
  • Status changed from new to assigned

comment:11 Changed 44 hours ago by akki

  • Has patch set


Although requested for alter_together, I have implemented the feature with the new class based indexes which would allow users to do the same thing.

The patch contains implementation for all databases except backend which doesn't support the feature itself according to their official docs. I felt this to be a bit weird as the reporter had requested the feature specifically for MySQL. Please let me know if I missed something in this context.

The patch doesn't add the feature for unique_together as I couldn't understand/don't know what that means. I can try to add it for unique_together as well if somebody could explain that.

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