PHP Benchmarks

Performance comparison of PHP code alternatives.

Test: in_array vs. key

Is it faster to use a key to lookup (in arrays with many values), or in_array?

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Result: Discarded

The test labeled "in_array()" was the faster by 0.0019 seconds, (0.422% faster)

in_array() 100%
key 99.578%

The in_array() test took 0.4446 seconds.
The key test took 0.4465 seconds.


Each test case ran 20 random code order iterations consisting of 121,100 loops for a total of 2,422,000 runs.

  • Line execution difference (0.000001) milliseconds.
  • Avg difference (0.094) milliseconds per 121,100 loops.
  • Total difference 1.88 milliseconds for 2,422,000 loops

The iteration variablity for Code 1 was (1.0425) milliseconds and Code 2 was (0.3842) milliseconds. The lower and the closer together there values are the more accurate the results are.


The first test, "in_array()", was:

for ($i = 0; $i < 10; $i++)
	$GLOBALS['dummy2'] = in_array($i * 20, $GLOBALS['dummy']);

The second test, "key", was:

for ($i = 0; $i < 10; $i++)
	$GLOBALS['dummy2'] = isset($GLOBALS['dummy'][$i * 20]);

Running: Linux (x86_64:1 GB) PHP (