MySQL Fulltext Index deprecated


Requirement: In order to use the FULLTEXT index capability, an appropriate MySQL version needs to be in place. FULLTEXT indexes are supported starting with MySQL v5.6.4 (see for details).

Contacts module

With Open-Xchange Server v7.8.1 the MySQL FULLTEXT index is supported for retrieving auto-complete results. Once enabled, an appropriate index is created on the prg_contacts table automatically and is used afterwards to serve the "find as you type" auto-completion requests in a more efficient way.

Moreover, using a MySQL FULLTEXT index provides improved results when searching for "tokens". For instance, an E-Mail address gets tokenized in the following way:
yields the tokens: "jane", "doe", "somewhere", and "com"

Thus a user is able to start typing e.g. somewhere or doe to hit that search result. Without FULLTEXT index support, the user is supposed to enter jane to get that hit.

Please see MySQL configuration section at the end of this page before enabling the FULLTEXT index for the contact module.

Files module

With Open-Xchange server v7.10.5 another FULLTEXT index to improve searching for files in the Drive module was introduced. This index is created on the infostore_document table as soon as this feature is enabled via configuration.

This index significantly improves the duration of a search request, especially if many files are stored. Please note that the FULLTEXT index uses "tokens", the file very_important_document.pdf yields the tokens very, important, document, pdf. Searching for important or document will return this document as result, but searching for ocument does not.

Enabling usage of MySQL FULLTEXT index

Contacts module

For enabling the usage for a MySQL FULLTEXT index the property needs to be set to true and a restart is supposed to be performed. Once set to true, an appropriate update task ( gets executed on next login attempts for associated database schemas.

An administrator can even influence what fields are supposed to be considered for FULLTEXT-backed auto-complete executions by modifying the property.

Please Note: As explained above, the update task gets only executed once (the time when a first login attempt for an associated database schema happens). In consequence, modifying the property later on has no effect (even a restart does not get the changes applied). In order to apply the changes applied to property, the associated update task is required being re-executed using the forceupdatetask command-line tool:

/opt/open-xchange/sbin/forceupdatetask --task <other command-line arguments>

Otherwise, the FULLTEXT index will stop working.

Files module

For enabling the usage for FULLTEXT index in the files module, the property com.openexchange.infostore.fulltextSearch needs to be set to true. This registers an update task (InfostoreDocumentAddFulltextIndexUpdateTask) at the next server restart, which creates the index after the next login attempt for associated database schemas. Fields defined in com.openexchange.infostore.searchFields are added to the index. If the property is changed the update task has to be re-executed manually.

Additional the minimum search pattern length to use the FULLTEXT index can be configured with the property com.openexchange.infostore.fulltextSearchMinimumPatternLength, which defaults to 3. This value should be adjusted to the innodb_ft_min_token_size MySQL property.

Please Note: Changing MySQL properties most likely requires the FULLTEXT index to be rebuild. See 'MySQL configuration options' section.

MySQL configuration options

An administrator may want to change how the MySQL FULLTEXT index works. MySQL only supports to change minimum/maximum word length and stop-words list for the InnoDB storage engine.


The MySQL default value for the minimum word length is set to 3. In case users should be allowed to also retrieve results when typing less than 3 characters, the innodb_ft_min_token_size needs to be changed accordingly in the MySQL configuration file:


Please Note: Changing any of the MySQL configuration options requires that FULLTEXT indexes are re-created. Taken from MySQL reference manual:

Rebuilding InnoDB Full-Text Indexes

If you modify full-text variables that affect indexing (innodb_ft_min_token_size, innodb_ft_max_token_size, innodb_ft_server_stopword_table, innodb_ft_user_stopword_table, innodb_ft_enable_stopword, ngram_token_size) you must rebuild your FULLTEXT indexes after making the changes. Modifying the innodb_ft_min_token_size, innodb_ft_max_token_size, or ngram_token_size variables, which cannot be set dynamically, require restarting the server and rebuilding the indexes.

To rebuild the FULLTEXT indexes for an InnoDB table, use ALTER TABLE with the DROP INDEX and ADD INDEX options to drop and re-create each index.

Thus an administrator may manually drop and re-add the index or simply re-execute the associated update tasks ( and InfostoreDocumentAddFulltextIndexUpdateTask) as explained above using forceupdatetask command-line tool.


The default columns for the FULLTEXT index in the contact module have the combined size of 8.448 bytes, which is more than the half of the innodb_page_size default of 16k. This will lead to errors, see row size limits. If the FULLTEXT index in the contact module should be used, the value innodb_page_size should be increased to 32k in MySQL configuration.