PHP Profiling based on XHGUI

v0.2.0 2020-02-11 00:31 UTC

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Last update: 2020-02-11 00:34:03 UTC


A PHP profiling library based on XHGUI Data Collector.

Supported profilers:

  • Tideways XHProf v5.x - PHP >= 7.0
  • Tideways v4.x - PHP >= 7.0
  • UProfiler - PHP >= 5.3, < PHP 7.0
  • XHProf - PHP >= 5.3, < PHP 7.0

This profiling library will auto-detect what you have installed and use that.

The preference order is currently as follows:

  1. tideways_xhprof
  2. tideways
  3. uprofiler
  4. xhprof


You shouldn't have more than one profiler installed in production.

Installing profilers


For PHP 5:

pecl install mongo

for PHP 7:

pecl install mongodb
composer require alcaeus/mongo-php-adapter


pecl install xhprof-beta


curl -sSfL | tar zx
cd php-xhprof-extension-4.1.6/
make install
echo extension=/usr/local/lib/php/pecl/20160303/ | tee /usr/local/etc/php/7.1/conf.d/ext-tideways.ini


In order to profile your application, add it as a dependency, then configure it and choose a place to start profiling from.

Most likely you'll have something like

// inside some bootstrapper or other "early central point in execution"
try {
	$profilerConfig = array(
		'profiler.flags' => array(
		'profiler.options' => array(),
	 * The constructor will throw an exception if the environment
	 * isn't fit for profiling (extensions missing, other problems)
	$profiler = new \Xhgui\Profiler\Profiler($profilerConfig);

	// The profiler itself checks whether it should be enabled
	// for request (executes lambda function from config)

	// shutdown handler collects and stores the data.
} catch (Exception $e){
	// throw away or log error about profiling instantiation failure


Most of the configuration is xhgui standard and used by Xhgui saver. See XHGUI Data Collector packagist page for references.

Configuration unique to this package:

Configuration option type description default value
profiler.flags array Array of ProfilingFlags empty array
profiler.options array Array of options to pass to profiler enable call empty array

Flags that are not supported by specific profiler, will be ignored.

What you'll likely need to configure when instructing an app to use this profiling:

  • save handler type
  • save handler properties (for mongodb, the access credentials, host, db)
  • profiler.flags -- whether to use CPU profiling, memory profiling
  • profiler.enable -- closure which determines whether profiling should run

Run description

When Profiler object constructed, it determines that requirements are in place, whether profiling should run, which save handler to construct and constructs the save handler. In case of failures, it will throw an exception.

enable will detect an available profiler and call its enable function with the current configuration.

registerShutdownHandler will ensure profer is running and then call register_shutdown_handler. It will register a shutdown handler that provides the calls for finishing profiling and storing the data.