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Only in DbVisualizer Pro

This feature is only available in the DbVisualizer Pro edition.

You can analyze how a query is executed by the database, e.g. whether indexes are used or if the database has to do an expensive full scan. To analyze a query:

  1. Enter the query in the SQL Commander editor,
  2. Click Execute Explain Plan button in the toolbar,
  3. Look at the result in the results area.

Explain Plan is supported for Azure SQL Database, Db2 LUW, Exasol, Greenplum, H2, JavaDB/Derby, MariaDB, Mimer SQL, MySQL, Netezza, NuoDB, Oracle, PostgreSQL, Presto, Amazon Redshift, SQLite, Microsoft SQL Server, Trino, Vertica, and Yellowbrick. The available presentations options vary per database as shown in this table.

DatabaseGraph FormatTree FormatText FormatGrid FormatNode Cost Coloring (Graph and Tree only)
Azure SQL Database






Mimer SQL








Amazon Redshift


Microsoft SQL Server




Explain Plan executes your query and records the plan that the database devises to execute it. By examining this plan, you can find out if the database is picking the right indexes and joining your tables in the most efficient manner. The explain plan feature works much the same as executing SQLs to present result sets; you may highlight statements, run a script or load from file. The explain plan results can easily be compared by pinning the tabs for different runs.

DbVisualizer presents the plan either in a tree style format or in a graph, or in a simple text format. The information depends on the database you use. In the tree view, put the mouse pointer on the column header for a tooltip description what that column represents.

The following screenshot shows the SQL in the editor at top and the resulting explain plan as a tree view. The relative cost is indicated using colored adornments on each node and you can select a node to see the details (if Show Details is checked). 

The Graph View shows the plan as a graph. You can zoom in or out, choose detail levels, export it to an image file or print it using the toolbar buttons. The relative cost is indicated by node color and you can select a node to see the details (if Show Details is checked).

The databases use different techniques to manage their explain plan support. You can make database-specific configurations in the Properties tab for a connection, in the Explain Plan category.

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