I'm interested in this for InnoDB mostly, but also for MyISAM.

I looked around in information_schema and did not see this data anywhere.

I'm using MySQL 5.5.16.

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There is no immediate control data to tell you that, but there are a few mechanisms you can setup.


If you have binary logging enabled, simply do a grep -i "analyze table" against all the binary logs using the output from mysqlbinlog.


If you have the general log enabled, simply do a grep -i "analyze table" against the general log file and locate the timestamp just about the command.


You should schedule a cronjob that runs ANALYZE TABLE against all tables that have high-write, high-update, high-delete volume. That way, there is no guess work.


Try setting innodb_stats_on_metadata to have a measure of predictability as to when an InnoDB table needs ANALYZE TABLE. (See my Mar 26, 2012 post : When are InnoDB table index statistics updated? )


In the past, I have often stated that running ANALYZE TABLE table against InnoDB is useless.

Hopefully, MECHANISM #4 is probably what you need.

  • Thanks for the detailed response. I set sql_log_bin=0 when I run analyze to prevent it from blocking other replicated statements, so I can't do #1. And I don't typically use the general log, so #2 is out. I already run analyze on a scheduled basis a la #3, I'm just looking for a way to avoid running it if it's been run recently.
    – Ike Walker
    Jan 4, 2013 at 20:05
  • As for #4, I disable innodb_stats_on_metadata in order to improve the performance of information_schema.
    – Ike Walker
    Jan 4, 2013 at 20:05
  • My conjecture: The table information_schema.STATISTICS could possibly be more stabilized by ` innodb_stats_on_metadata`. Jan 4, 2013 at 21:00
  • Yeah, I'm just not willing to take the performance hit of using innodb_stats_on_metadata. I'll accept your answer now as it's clear that there is no easy way to get this data form MySQL.
    – Ike Walker
    Jan 4, 2013 at 22:22
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    I just ran an ANALYZE TABLE on an InnoDB table and it boosted performance tremendously, so I disagree with you - definitely not useless in all cases.
    – Shane N
    Mar 5, 2015 at 17:46

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