Get column name length distribution in Redshift

Query below returns distribution of column name lengths (number of characters).


select length(c.column_name) as column_name_length,
       count(*) as columns,
       count(distinct c.table_schema || '.' || c.table_name) as tables
from information_schema.columns c
join information_schema.tables t
      on t.table_schema = c.table_schema
      and t.table_name = c.table_name
where t.table_schema not in ('information_schema', 'pg_catalog')
      and t.table_type = 'BASE TABLE'
group by length(c.column_name)
order by length(c.column_name);


  • column_name_length - lenght in characters of column name
  • columns - number of columns with this length
  • tables - number of tables that have columns with this name length


  • One row represents one name lenght (number of characters)
  • Scope of rows: each column length that exists in a database
  • Ordered by length ascending (from 1 to max)

Sample results

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