Awesome PHP

A curated list of amazingly awesome PHP libraries, resources and shiny things.


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Table of Contents

Dependency Management

Libraries for dependency and package management.

Dependency Management Extras

Extras related to dependency management.

  • Satis - A static Composer repository generator.

  • Toran Proxy - A static Composer repository and proxy.

  • Composition - A library to check your Composer environment at runtime.

  • Version - A parsing and comparison library for semantic versioning.

  • NameSpacer - A library to convert from underscores to namespaces.

  • Patch Installer - A library to install patches using Composer.

  • Composer Checker - A tool to validate Composer configurations.


Web development frameworks.

  • Symfony 2 - A framework comprised of individual components (SF2).

  • Zend Framework 2 - Another framework comprised of individual components (ZF2).

  • Laravel 5 - Another PHP framework (L5).

  • Aura PHP - A framework of independent components.

  • Yii2 - Another PHP framework.

  • Nette - Another framework comprised of individual components.

  • PPI Framework 2 - An interoperability framework.

  • CakePHP - A rapid application development framework (CP).

  • Phalcon - A framework implemented as a C extension.

Framework Extras

Extras related to web development frameworks.

  • Symfony CMF - A Content Management Framework to create custom CMS.

  • Knp RAD Bundle - A Rapid Application Development (RAD) bundle for Symfony 2.

  • CakePHP CRUD - A Rapid Application Development (RAD) plugin for CakePHP.


Standalone components from web development frameworks and development groups.

Micro Frameworks

Micro frameworks and routers.

  • Silex - A micro framework built around Symfony2 components.

  • Slim - Another simple micro framework.

  • Bullet PHP - A micro framework for building REST APIs.

  • Lumen - A micro-framework by Laravel.

  • Proton - A StackPHP compatible micro framework

Micro Framework Extras

Extras related to micro frameworks and routers.


Libraries for handling application routing.

  • Fast Route - A fast routing library.

  • Route - A routing library built on top of Fast Route.

  • Pux - Another fast routing library.

  • Klein - A flexible router.


Libraries and tools for templating and lexing.

  • Twig - A comprehensive templating language.

  • Twig Cache Extension - A template fragment cache library for Twig.

  • Mustache - A PHP implementation of the Mustache template language.

  • Phly Mustache - Another PHP implementation of the Mustache template language.

  • MtHaml - A PHP implementation of the HAML template language.

  • PHPTAL - A PHP implementation of the TAL templating language.

  • Plates - A native PHP templating library.

  • Lex - A lightweight template parser.

Static Site Generators

Tools for pre-processing content to generate web pages.

  • Sculpin - A tool that converts Markdown and Twig into static HTML.

  • Phrozn - Another tool that converts Textile, Markdown and Twig into HTML.


Libraries for working with HTTP and scraping websites.

  • Guzzle - A comprehensive HTTP client.

  • Buzz - Another HTTP client.

  • Requests - A simple HTTP library.

  • HTTPFul - A chainable HTTP client.

  • Goutte - A simple web scraper.

  • PHP VCR - A library for recording and replaying HTTP requests.


Libraries for building application using middlewares.


Libraries for parsing URLs.

  • Purl - A URL manipulation library.

  • Uri - Another URL manipulation library.

  • PHP Domain Parser - A domain suffix parser library.


Libraries for sending and parsing email.


Libraries for file manipulation and MIME type detection.

  • Gaufrette - A filesystem abstraction layer.

  • Flysystem - Another filesystem abstraction layer.

  • Canal - A library to determine internet media types.

  • Apache MIME Types - A library that parses Apache MIME types.

  • Ferret - A MIME detection library.

  • Hoa Mime - Another MIME detection library.

  • Lurker - A resource tracking library.

  • PHP File Locator - A library for locating files in large projects.

  • PHP FFmpeg - A wrapper for the FFmpeg video library.

  • CSV - A CSV data manipulation library.


Libraries for working with streams.

  • Streamer - A simple object-orientated stream wrapper library.

Dependency Injection

Libraries that implement the dependency injection design pattern.

  • Pimple - A tiny dependency injection container.

  • Auryn - Another dependency injection container.

  • Container - Another flexible dependency injection container.

  • PHP-DI - A dependency injection container that supports autowiring.

  • Acclimate - A common interface to dependency injection containers and service locators.

  • Symfony DI - A dependency injection container component (SF2).


Libraries for manipulating images.


Libraries for testing codebases and generating test data.

  • PHPUnit - A unit testing framework.

  • DBUnit - A database testing library for PHPUnit.

  • ParaTest - A parallel testing library for PHPUnit.

  • PHPSpec - A design by specification unit testing library.

  • Codeception - A full stack testing framework.

  • AspectMock - A mocking framework for PHPUnit/Codeception.

  • Atoum - A simple testing library.

  • Mockery - A mock object library for testing.

  • Phake - Another mock object library for testing.

  • Prophecy - A highly opinionated mocking framework.

  • Faker - A fake data generator library.

  • Samsui - Another fake data generator library.

  • Alice - An expressive fixture generation library.

  • Behat - A behaviour driven development (BDD) testing framework.

  • Pho - Another behaviour driven development testing framework.

  • Mink - Web acceptance testing.

  • HTTP Mock - A library for mocking HTTP requests in unit tests.

  • VFS Stream - A virtual filesystem stream wrapper for testing.

  • VFS - Another virtual filesystem for testing.

  • Locust - A modern load test library written in Python.

  • Peridot - An event driven test framework.

Continuous Integration

Libraries and applications for continuous integration.

  • Travis CI - A continuous integration platform.

  • SemaphoreCI - A continuous integration platform for open source and private projects.

  • PHPCI - An open source continuous integration platform for PHP.

  • Sismo - A continuous testing server library.

  • Jenkins - A continous integration platform with PHP support.

  • JoliCi - A continuous integration client written in PHP and powered by Docker.


Libraries for generating project documentation.

  • Sami - An API documentation generator.

  • APIGen - Another API documentation generator.

  • PHP Documentor 2 - A documentation generator.

  • phpDox - A documentation generator for PHP projects (that is not limited to API documentation).


Libraries for generating secure random numbers, encrypting data and scanning for vulnerabilities.

  • HTML Purifier - A standards compliant HTML filter.

  • RandomLib - A library for generating random numbers and strings.

  • True Random - A library that generates random numbers using

  • SecurityMultiTool - A PHP security library.

  • PHPSecLib - A pure PHP secure communications library.

  • TCrypto - A simple encrypted key-value storage library.

  • PHP IDS - A structured PHP security layer.

  • PHP SSH - An experimental object orientated SSH wrapper library.

  • IniScan - A tool that scans PHP INI files for security.

  • SensioLabs Security Check - A web tool to check your Composer dependencies for security advisories.

  • Zed - An integrated penetration testing tool for web applications.


Libraries and tools for working with and storing passwords.

  • Password Compat - A compatibility library for the new PHP 5.5 password functions.

  • phpass - A portable password hashing framework.

  • PHP Password Lib - A library for generating and validating passwords.

  • Password Policy - A password policy library for PHP and JavaScript.

  • Password Validator - A library for validating and upgrading password hashes.

  • Zxcvbn PHP - A realistic PHP password strength estimate library based on Zxcvbn JS.

  • GenPhrase - A library for generating secure random passphrases.

Code Analysis

Libraries and tools for analysing, parsing and manipulating codebases.

  • PHP Parser - A PHP parser written in PHP.

  • PHPPHP - A PHP VM implementation in PHP.

  • PHPSandbox - A PHP sandbox environment.

  • Dissect - A set of tools for lexical and syntactical analysis.

  • PHP Mess Detector - A library that scans code for bugs, sub-optimal code, unused parameters and more.

  • PHP Code Sniffer - A library that detects PHP, CSS and JS coding standard violations.

  • PHPCPD - A library that detects copied and pasted code.

  • PHP Analyser - A library for analysing PHP code to find bugs and errors.

  • PHP CS Fixer - A coding standards fixer library.

  • PHP Manipulator - A library for analysing and modifying PHP Source Code.

  • PHP Metrics - A static metric library.

  • PHP Refactoring Browser - A command line utility for refactoring PHP code.

  • UBench - A simple micro benchmark library.

  • Athletic - An annotation based benchmark framework.

  • Mondrian - A code analysis tool using Graph Theory.

  • Scrutinizer - A web tool to scrutinise PHP code.

  • PHPLOC - A tool for quickly measuring the size of a PHP project.

  • PHPCheckstyle - A tool to help adhere to certain coding conventions.

  • PhpDependencyAnalysis - A tool to create customisable dependency graphs.

  • Code Climate - An automated code review.


Libraries related to design patterns, programming approaches and ways to organize code.

  • PHP Option - An option type library.

  • Ruler - A simple stateless production rules engine.

  • Finite - A simple PHP finite state machine.

  • Compose - A function composition library.

  • Monad PHP - A simple Monad library.

  • Patchwork - A library for redefining userland functions.

  • Galapagos - Evolutionary language transformation.

  • Design Patterns PHP - A repository of software patterns implemented in PHP.

  • Functional PHP - A functional programming library.

  • Lib Accessor - A library for simplifying accessors.

  • Iter - A library that provides iteration primitives using generators.

Debugging and Profiling

Libraries and tools for debugging and profiling code.

  • xDebug - A debug and profile tool for PHP.

  • PHP Debug Bar - A debugging toolbar.

  • PHP Console - A web debugging console.

  • Barbushin PHP Console - Another web debugging console using Google Chrome.

  • PHPDBG - An interactive PHP debugger.

  • Tracy - A simple error detection, logging and time measuring library.

  • Z-Ray - A debug and profile tool for Zend Server.

  • XHProf - A profiling tool originally developed by Facebook.

  • - A low-overhead code profiler.

  • Kint - A debugging and profiling tool.

Build Tools

Project build and automation tools.

  • Go - A simple PHP build tool.

  • Bob - A simple project automation tool.

  • Phake - A rake PHP clone library.

  • Box - A utility to build PHAR files.

  • Phing - A PHP project build system inspired by Apache Ant.

Task Runners

Libraries for automating and running tasks.

  • Task - A pure PHP task runner inspired by Grunt and Gulp.

  • Robo - A PHP Task runner with object-orientated configurations.

  • Bldr - A PHP Task runner built on Symfony components.


Tools for building navigation structures.

Asset Management

Tools for managing, compressing and minifying website assets.

  • Assetic - An asset manager pipeline library.

  • Pipe - Another asset manager pipeline library.

  • Munee - An asset optimiser library.

  • JShrink - A JavaScript minifier library.

  • Puli - A library for determining assets absolute paths.


Libraries for geocoding addresses and working with latitudes and longitudes.

Date and Time

Libraries for working with dates and times.


Libraries that are event-driven or implement non-blocking event loops.


Libraries for generating and working with log files.

  • Monolog - A comprehensive logger.

  • KLogger - An easy-to-use PSR-3 compliant logging class.

  • Analog - A closure-based micro logging package.


Libraries and applications for taking payments and building online e-commerce stores.

  • OmniPay - A framework agnostic multi-gateway payment processing library.

  • Payum - A payment abstraction library.

  • Sylius - An open source e-commerce solution.

  • Thelia - Another open source e-commerce solution.

  • Money - A PHP implementation of Fowler's money pattern.

  • Sebastian Money - Another library for working with monetary values.

  • Swap - An exchange rates library.


Libraries and software for working with PDF files.

  • Snappy - A PDF and image generation library.

  • WKHTMLToPDF - A tool to convert HTML to PDF.

  • PHPPdf - A library for generating PDFs and images from XML.


Libraries for working with office suite documents.

  • PHPWord - A library for working with Microsoft Word documents.

  • PHPExcel - A library for working with Microsoft Excel documents.

  • PHPPowerPoint - A library for working with Microsoft PowerPoint Presentations.

  • ExcelAnt - A library for manipulating Microsoft Excel documents.


Libraries for interacting with databases using object-relational mapping (ORM) or datamapping techniques.

  • Doctrine - A comprehensive DBAL and ORM.

  • Doctrine Extensions - A collection of Doctrine behavioural extensions.

  • Propel - A fast ORM, migration library and query builder.

  • Eloquent - A simple ORM (L5).

  • Baum - A nested set implementation for Eloquent.

  • Spot2 - A MySQL datamapper ORM.

  • RedBean - A lightweight, configuration-less ORM.

  • Pomm - An Object Model Manager for PostgreSQL.

  • ProxyManager - A set of utilities to generate proxy objects for data mappers.

  • Cake ORM - Object-Relational Mapper, implemented using the DataMapper pattern (CP).


Libraries to help manage database schemas and migrations.


Libraries for working with "NoSQL" backends.

  • MongoQB - A MongoDB query builder library.

  • Monga - A MongoDB abstraction library.

  • Predis - A feature complete Redis library.


Libraries for working with event and task queues.

  • Pheanstalk - A Beanstalkd client library.

  • PHP AMQP - A pure PHP AMQP library.

  • Thumper - A RabbitMQ pattern library.

  • Bernard - A multibackend abstraction library.


Libraries and software for indexing and performing search queries on data.

Command Line

Libraries related to the command line.

  • Boris - A tiny PHP REPL.

  • PsySH - Another PHP REPL.

  • Pecan - An event-driven, non-blocking shell.

  • GetOpt - A command line opt parser.

  • OptParse - Another command line opt parser.

  • Commando - Another simple command line opt parser.

  • GetOptionKit - Another command line opt parser.

  • Cron Expression - A library to calculate cron run dates.

  • ShellWrap - A simple command line wrapper library.

  • Hoa Console - Another command line library.

  • Shunt - A library for running commands in parallel on multiple remote machines.

  • Cilex - A micro framework for building command line tools.

  • CLImate - A library for outputting colours and special formatting.

Authentication and Authorization

Libraries for implementing user authentication and authorization.

  • Sentinel - A framework agnostic authentication & authorisation library.

  • Sentinel Social - A library for social network authentication.

  • Opauth - A multi-provider authentication framework.

  • OAuth2 Server - An OAuth2 authentication server, resource server and client library.

  • OAuth2 Server - Another OAuth2 server implementation.

  • PHP oAuthLib - Another OAuth library.

  • TwitterOAuth - A Twitter OAuth library.

  • TwitterSDK - A fully tested Twitter SDK.

  • Hawk - A Hawk HTTP authentication library.

  • HybridAuth - An open source social sign on library.

  • Lock - A library for implementing Access Control Lists (ACL) systems.

  • OAuth 1.0 Client - An OAuth 1.0 client library.

  • OAuth 2.0 Client - An OAuth 2.0 client library.


Libraries for working with markup.

  • Decoda - A lightweight markup parser library.

  • PHP Markdown - A Markdown parser.

  • CommonMark PHP - A Markdown parser which supports the full CommonMark spec.

  • Parsedown - Another Markdown parser.

  • Ciconia - Another Markdown parser that supports Github flavoured Markdown.

  • Cebe Markdown - An fast and extensible Markdown parser.

  • HTML5 PHP - An HTML5 parser and serializer library.

  • Emoji - A library that converts unicode characters and names into emoji images.


Libraries for parsing and manipulating strings.

  • ANSI to HTML5 - An ANSI to HTML5 converter library.

  • Patchwork UTF-8 - A portable library for working with UTF-8 strings.

  • Hoa String - Another UTF-8 string library.

  • Stringy - A string manipulation library with multibyte support.

  • Color Jizz - A library for manipulating and converting colours.

  • UUID - A library for generating UUIDs.

  • Slugify - A library to convert strings to slugs.

  • Urlify - A PHP port of Django's URLify.js.

  • Text - A text manipulation library.

  • SQL Formatter - A library for formatting SQL statements.

  • UA Parser - A library for parsing user agent strings.

  • Device Detector - Another library for parsing user agent strings.

  • Mobile-Detect - A lightweight PHP class for detecting mobile devices (including tablets).


Libraries for working with numbers.

  • Numbers PHP - A library for working with numbers.

  • Math - A library for working with large numbers.

  • ByteUnits - A library to parse, format and convert byte units in binary and metric systems.

  • PHP Units of Measure - A library for converting between units of measure.

  • PHP Conversion - Another library for converting between units of measure.

  • LibPhoneNumber for PHP - A PHP implementation of Google's phone number handling library.

Filtering and Validation

Libraries for filtering and validating data.

  • Filterus - A simple PHP filtering library.

  • Respect Validation - A simple validation library.

  • Valitron - Another validation library.

  • Cake Validation - Another validation library (CP).

  • Upload - A library for handling file uploads and validation.

  • DMS Filter - An annotation filtering library.

  • MetaYaml - A schema validation library that supports YAML, JSON and XML.

  • ISO-codes - A library for validating various ISO and ZIP codes (IBAN, SWIFT/BIC, BBAN, VAT, SSN, UKNIN).


Libraries and web tools for developing APIs.

  • Apigility - An API builder built with Zend Framework 2.

  • Hateoas - A HATEOAS REST web service library.

  • HAL - A Hypertext Application Language (HAL) builder library.

  • Negotiation - A content negotiation library.

  • Drest - A library for exposing Doctrine entities as REST resource endpoints.

  • Restler - A lightweight framework to expose PHP methods as RESTful web API.

  • wsdl2phpgenerator - A tool to generate PHP classes from SOAP WSDL files.


Libraries for caching data.

Data Structure and Storage

Libraries that implement data structure or storage techniques.

  • Ardent - A library of data structures.

  • PHP Collections - A simple collections library.

  • Serializer - A library for serialising and de-serialising data.

  • Zend Serializer - Another library for serialising and de-serialising data (ZF2).

  • PHP Object Storage - A library for object storage.

  • Fractal - A library for converting complex data structures to JSON output.

  • Totem - A library to manage and create data changesets.

  • PINQ - A real Linq library for PHP.

  • JsonMapper - A library that maps nested JSON structures onto PHP classes.

  • Cake Collection - A simple collections library (CP).


Libraries for working with notification software.

  • Nod - A notification library (e.g., Growl).

  • Notificato - A library for handling push notifications.

  • Notification Pusher - A standalone library for device push notifications.

  • Notificator - A lightweight notification library.


Libraries for project deployment.

  • Pomander - A deployment tool for PHP applications.

  • Rocketeer - A fast and easy deployer for the PHP world.

  • Envoy - A tool to run SSH tasks with PHP.

  • Plum - A deployer library.

  • Deployer - A deployment tool.

Internationalisation and Localisation

Libraries for Internationalization (I18n) and Localization (L10n).

Third Party APIs

Libraries for accessing third party APIs.


Libraries to help build PHP extensions.

  • Zephir - A compiled language between PHP and C++ for developing PHP extensions.

  • PHP CPP - A C++ library for developing PHP extensions.


Useful libraries or tools that don't fit in the categories above.

  • Spork - A process forking library.

  • JSON Lint - A JSON lint utility.

  • JSONPCallbackValidator - A library for validating JSONP callbacks.

  • Pagerfanta - A pagination library.

  • LiteCQRS - A CQRS (Command Query Responsibility Separation) library.

  • Chief - A command bus library.

  • Sslurp - A library that makes dealing with SSL suck less.

  • Metrics - A simple metrics API library.

  • Sabre VObject - A library for parsing VCard and iCalendar objects.

  • Annotations - An annotations library (part of Doctrine).

  • Whoops - A pretty error handling library.

  • LadyBug - A dumper library.

  • Symfony VarDumper - A variable dumper component (SF2).

  • Procrastinator - A library for running time consuming tasks.

  • SuperClosure - A library that allows Closures to be serialized.

  • Jumper - A remote service executor library.

  • Underscore - A PHP port of the Underscore JS library.

  • PHP PassBook - A PHP library for iOS PassBook.

  • PHP Expression - A PHP expression language.

  • RMT - A library for versioning and releasing software.

  • Wise - A configuration manager.

  • Opengraph - An opengraph library.

  • Essence - A library for extracting web media.

  • Embera - An Oembed consumer library.

  • Graphviz - A Graphviz library.

  • Flux - A regular expression building library.

  • PHPCR - A PHP port of the Java Content Repository (JCR).

  • ClassPreloader - A library for optimising autoloading.

  • Lib Country - A library for country and subdivision data.

  • PHPStack - A TCP/IP stack proof of concept written in PHP.

  • Nmap - A PHP wrapper around Nmap.

  • Code Mover - A library for moving code.

  • Lambda PHP - A Lambda calculus interpreter in PHP.

  • Country List - A list of all countries with names and ISO 3166-1 codes.

  • PHP-GPIO - A library for playing with the Raspberry PI's GPIO pins.

  • print_o - An object graph visualizer.

  • Alias - A class aliasing library.

  • Cake Utility - Utility classes such as Inflector, String, Hash, Security and Xml (CP).


Software for creating a development environment.

PHP Installation

Tools to help install and manage PHP on your computer.

  • HomeBrew - A package manager for OSX.

  • HomeBrew PHP - A PHP tap for HomeBrew.

  • PHP OSX - A PHP installer for OSX.

  • PHP Brew - A PHP version manager and installer.

  • PHP Env - Another PHP version manager.

  • PHP Switch - Another version manager.

  • PHP Build - Another PHP version installer.

  • VirtPHP - A tool for creating and managing isolated PHP environments.

Development Environment

Software and tools for creating a sandboxed development environment.

  • Vagrant - A portable development environment utility.

  • Ansible - A radically simple orchestration framework.

  • Puppet - A server automation framework and application.

  • PuPHPet - A web tool for building PHP development virtual machines.

  • Protobox - Another web tool for building PHP development virtual machines.

  • Phansible - A web tool for building PHP development virtual machines with Ansible.

Virtual Machines

Alternative PHP virtual machines.

  • HipHop PHP - A Virtual Machine, Runtime and JIT for PHP by Facebook.

  • HippyVM - Another PHP virtual machine.

  • Hack - A programming language for HHVM that interoperates seamlessly with PHP.

Integrated Development Environment

Integrated Development Environments with support for PHP.

Web Applications

Web-based applications and tools.

  • 3V4L - An online PHP & HHVM shell.

  • DBV - A database version control application.

  • PHP Queue - An application for managing queueing backends.

  • Composer as a Service - A tool for downloading Composer packages as a zip file.

  • MailCatcher - A web tool for capturing and viewing emails.

  • Cachet - The open source status page system.


Infrastructure for providing PHP applications and services.

  • - A multithreaded application server for PHP, written in PHP.


Various resources, such as books, websites and articles, for improving your PHP development skills and knowledge.

PHP Websites

Useful PHP-related websites.

Other Websites

Useful websites related to web development.

PHP Books

Fantastic PHP-related books.

Other Books

Books related to general computing and web development.

PHP Videos

Fantastic PHP-related videos.

PHP Reading

PHP-releated reading materials.

PHP Internals Reading

Reading materials related to the PHP internals or performance.

PHP Magazines

Fantastic PHP-related magazines.