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Space Index

Index Types

The index type is determined by the SpaceIndexType enumeration. The index types are:

NONE - No indexing is used.

EQUAL - performs equality matching (equal to/not equal to).

ORDERED - performs ordered matching (bigger than/less than).

EQUAL_AND_ORDERED - performs both equality and ordered matching, and uses a larger memory footprint than the other indexing types.


The BASIC and EXTENDED index types have been deprecated as of version 12.3.

Indexing at Design Time

Specifying which properties of a class are indexed is done using annotations or gs.xml.

public class Person
    private String lastName;
    private String firstName;
    private Integer age;

    public String getFirstName() {return firstName;}
    public void setFirstName(String firstName) {this.firstName = firstName;}

    public String getLastName() {return lastName;}
    public void setLastName(String name) {this.lastName = name;}

    public Integer getAge() {return age;}
    public void setAge(Integer age) {this.age = age;}
    <class name="com.gigaspaces.examples.Person" persist="false" replicate="false" fifo="false" >
        <property name="lastName">
            <index type="EQUAL"/>
        <property name="firstName">
            <index type="EQUAL"/>
        <property name="age">
             <index type="ORDERED"/>


By default, a property’s index is inherited in sub-classes (i.e. if a property is indexed in a superclass, it is also indexed in a sub-class). If you need to change the index type of a property in a sub-class, you can override the property and annotate it with @SpaceIndex using the requested index type (to disable indexing, use NONE).