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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Historical Results

Based on (3) saved test runs, The test labeled "key" was (on average) the faster by 0.0114 seconds, (1.310% faster)

key 100%
in_array() 98.69%

The key test took 0.8558 seconds.
The in_array() test took 0.8671 seconds.


Each test case ran 20 random code order iterations consisting of 211,534 loops for a total of 4,230,687 runs.

  • Line execution difference (0.000003) milliseconds.
  • Avg difference (0.000) milliseconds per 211,534 loops.
  • Total difference 11.36 milliseconds for 4,230,687 loops

The iteration variablity for Code 1 was (0.0000) milliseconds and Code 2 was (0.0000) 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 (