PHP Benchmarks

Performance comparison of PHP code alternatives.

Test: system vs. shell_exec

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Result: Discarded

The test labeled "system()" was the faster by 0.0234 seconds, (2.341% faster)

system() 100%
shell_exec() 97.659%

The system() test took 0.9758 seconds.
The shell_exec() test took 0.9992 seconds.


Each test case ran 20 random code order iterations consisting of 234,253 loops for a total of 4,685,060 runs.

  • Line execution difference (0.000005) milliseconds.
  • Avg difference (1.170) milliseconds per 234,253 loops.
  • Total difference 23.39 milliseconds for 4,685,060 loops

The iteration variablity for Code 1 was (2.5601) milliseconds and Code 2 was (3.1651) milliseconds. The lower and the closer together there values are the more accurate the results are.


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


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

echo shell_exec('ls');

Running: Linux (x86_64:1 GB) PHP (