PHP Benchmarks

Performance comparison of PHP code alternatives.

Test: date vs. strftime

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Historical Results

Based on (2) saved test runs, The test labeled "date()" was (on average) the faster by 0.0252 seconds, (2.616% faster)

date() 100%
strftime() 97.384%

The date() test took 0.9388 seconds.
The strftime() test took 0.9641 seconds.


Each test case ran 20 random code order iterations consisting of 243,142 loops for a total of 4,862,840 runs.

  • Line execution difference (0.000005) milliseconds.
  • Avg difference (0.000) milliseconds per 243,142 loops.
  • Total difference 25.22 milliseconds for 4,862,840 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, "date()", was:

for ($i = 0; $i < 100; $i++)
	$GLOBALS['dummy'] = date('Y-m-d \\a\\t H:i:s', $GLOBALS['t']);

The second test, "strftime()", was:

for ($i = 0; $i < 100; $i++)
	$GLOBALS['dummy'] = strftime('%Y-%m-%d at %H:%M:%S', $GLOBALS['t']);

Running: Linux (x86_64:1 GB) PHP (