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Step 2: Enable auto_explain

To enable auto_explain, you will need to go to click "EDIT" on top of the Overview page for your database, scroll down to the Flags section, and turn on the cloudsql.enable_auto_explain / alloydb.enable_auto_explain flag. This will add auto_explain to the Postgres shared_preload_libraries setting (you cannot modify this directly on Google Cloud SQL / AlloyDB):

Enable auto_explain for your Google Cloud SQL / AlloyDB database

Note that this change will require a database restart. After adding the flag, click the "SAVE" button to apply the change and reboot your database.

After the reboot completes, verify that shared_preload_libraries now includes auto_explain and that the setting change does not require a restart (pending_restart should be f):

SELECT setting, pending_restart FROM pg_settings WHERE name = 'shared_preload_libraries';

If auto_explain is enabled and no longer requires a restart, you can proceed to review our recommended auto_explain configuration settings:

Proceed to Step 3: Review auto_explain settings

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