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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Historical Results

Based on (4) saved test runs, The test labeled "foreach" was (on average) the faster by 0.0116 seconds, (1.223% faster)

foreach 100%
while (next) 98.777%

The foreach test took 0.9362 seconds.
The while (next) test took 0.9478 seconds.


Each test case ran 20 random code order iterations consisting of 223,453 loops for a total of 4,469,055 runs.

  • Line execution difference (0.000003) milliseconds.
  • Avg difference (0.000) milliseconds per 223,453 loops.
  • Total difference 11.59 milliseconds for 4,469,055 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, "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 (