PHP Benchmarks

Performance comparison of PHP code alternatives.

Test: file vs. file_get_contents (array)

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Historical Results

Based on (1) saved test runs, The test labeled "file_get_contents()" was (on average) the faster by 0.014 seconds, (2.166% faster)

file_get_contents() 100%
file() 97.834%

The file_get_contents() test took 0.631 seconds.
The file() test took 0.6449 seconds.


Each test case ran 20 random code order iterations consisting of 151,679 loops for a total of 3,033,580 runs.

  • Line execution difference (0.000005) milliseconds.
  • Avg difference (0.000) milliseconds per 151,679 loops.
  • Total difference 13.97 milliseconds for 3,033,580 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, "file()", was:

$lines = file('supplement/');
foreach ($lines as $line)
	$GLOBALS['dummy2'] = rtrim($line);

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

$lines = explode("\n", str_replace(array("\r\n", "\r"), "\n", file_get_contents('supplement/')));
foreach ($lines as $line)
	$GLOBALS['dummy2'] = $line;

Running: Linux (x86_64:1 GB) PHP (