PHP Benchmarks

Performance comparison of PHP code alternatives.

Test: foreach vs. while (next)

Some people say that next() is faster than a foreach. Is it really? Note that this code won't work at all if the array has false values in it.

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Result: Discarded

The test labeled "foreach" was the faster by 0.0302 seconds, (3.118% faster)

foreach 100%
while (next) 96.882%

The foreach test took 0.9372 seconds.
The while (next) test took 0.9674 seconds.


Each test case ran 20 random code order iterations consisting of 151,637 loops for a total of 3,032,740 runs.

  • Line execution difference (0.000010) milliseconds.
  • Avg difference (1.508) milliseconds per 151,637 loops.
  • Total difference 30.16 milliseconds for 3,032,740 loops

The iteration variablity for Code 1 was (2.8956) milliseconds and Code 2 was (3.6477) milliseconds. The lower and the closer together there values are the more accurate the results are.


The first test, "foreach", was:

foreach ($GLOBALS['dummy'] as $v)
	$v[0] + 1;

The second test, "while (next)", was:

while (($v = next($GLOBALS['dummy'])) !== false)
	$v[0] + 1;

Running: Linux (x86_64:1 GB) PHP (