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 0.075 seconds, (5.578% faster)

file_get_contents() 100%
file() 94.422%

The file_get_contents() test took 1.2692 seconds.
The file() test took 1.3442 seconds.


Each test case ran 20 random code order iterations consisting of 275,986 loops for a total of 5,519,720 runs.

  • Line execution difference (0.000014) milliseconds.
  • Avg difference (0.000) milliseconds per 275,986 loops.
  • Total difference 74.98 milliseconds for 5,519,720 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 (