[Solved] SELECT SQL_CALC_FOUND_ROWS Query very slow greater than 250000 records

How to optimize this SQL query?

In case you have your own slow SQL query, you can optimize it automatically here.

For the query above, the following recommendations will be helpful as part of the SQL tuning process.
You'll find 3 sections below:

  1. Description of the steps you can take to speed up the query.
  2. The optimal indexes for this query, which you can copy and create in your database.
  3. An automatically re-written query you can copy and execute in your database.
The optimization process and recommendations:
  1. Avoid OFFSET In LIMIT Clause (query line: 11): OFFSET clauses can be very slow when used with high offsets (e.g. with high page numbers when implementing paging). Instead, use the following \u003ca target\u003d"_blank" href\u003d"http://www.eversql.com/faster-pagination-in-mysql-why-order-by-with-limit-and-offset-is-slow/"\u003eseek method\u003c/a\u003e, which provides better and more stable response rates.
  2. Avoid Selecting Unnecessary Columns (query line: 2): Avoid selecting all columns with the '*' wildcard, unless you intend to use them all. Selecting redundant columns may result in unnecessary performance degradation.
  3. Avoid using SQL_CALC_FOUND_ROWS (query line: 2): Including SQL_CALC_FOUND_ROWS statements tend to slow down queries significantly as it doesn't scale well. It's recommended to split this query to two: a data selection query and a counting query.
  4. Use Numeric Column Types For Numeric Values (query line: 9): Referencing a numeric value (e.g. 2) as a string in a WHERE clause might result in poor performance. Possible impacts of storing numbers as varchars: more space will be used, you won't be able to perform arithmetic operations, the data won't be self-validated, aggregation functions like SUM won't work, the output may sort incorrectly and more. If the column is numeric, remove the quotes from the constant value, to make sure a numeric comparison is done.
The optimized query:
        SQL_CALC_FOUND_ROWS main_article.* 
            ON article_mem_id = member_id 
        `article_type` = '2' 
        article_id DESC LIMIT 0,

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