PHP Benchmarks

Performance comparison of PHP code alternatives.

Test: substr vs. strpos (long)

4800 character string, check if a substring exists in a defined location, both pass and fail loops.

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Historical Results

Based on (5) saved test runs, The test labeled "strpos()" was (on average) the faster by 0.0221 seconds, (2.662% faster)

strpos() 100%
substr() 97.338%

The strpos() test took 0.8095 seconds.
The substr() test took 0.8316 seconds.

Nitty-Gritty

Each test case ran 20 random code order iterations consisting of 199,020 loops for a total of 3,980,408 runs.

  • Line execution difference (0.000006) milliseconds.
  • Avg difference (0.000) milliseconds per 199,020 loops.
  • Total difference 22.14 milliseconds for 3,980,408 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.

Code

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

for ($j = 0; $j < 40; $j++)
	$GLOBALS['dummy'] = substr($GLOBALS['dummy_match'], 0, 5) === '01234';
for ($j = 0; $j < 40; $j++)
	$GLOBALS['dummy'] = substr($GLOBALS['dummy_fail'], 0, 5) === '01234';

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

for ($j = 0; $j < 40; $j++)
	$GLOBALS['dummy'] = strpos($GLOBALS['dummy_match'], '01234') === 0;
for ($j = 0; $j < 40; $j++)
	$GLOBALS['dummy'] = strpos($GLOBALS['dummy_fail'], '01234') === 0;

Running: Linux (x86_64:1 GB) PHP (7.2.25-1+ubuntu16.04.1+deb.sury.org+1)