Seamless management and comunication with phantomjs process from php

dev-master 2016-10-17 11:41 UTC

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Last update: 2021-12-06 13:13:41 UTC


WIP - This project is under heavy development you can use it now, but be aware that everything can change at anytime.

The project

Start a phantomjs process and control it from php. The top feature is the ability to communicate with a single phantomjs script from many php scripts.

Note: The project is NOT tested on windows and thus it might work only on unix systems


use PhantomPhp\PhantomClient;
use PhantomPhp\PageManager;

// Create a phantom client that is responsible for managing phantomjs process
$client = new PhantomClient();
// Start the phantomjs js process

// Page manager helps to generate page (like a browser with pages/tabs)
$pageManager = new PageManager($client);

// Create a new page
$page = $pageManager->createPage();
// Open an url on this page

// Get the dom
$domString = $page->getDomContent();

// Run custom javascript on the page
$divWidth = $page->runScript('return document.getElementsByTagName("div")[0].offsetWidth;');

// Stop the phantomjs process

Page API

TODO: page api doc

Multi process communication

Communication Channel

PhnatomPhp supports different communication channel. A communication channel represents a way to communicate with the underlying phantomjs process. By default php and phantomjs communicate through pipes, but you can turn phantomjs in a real application waiting for any script to interact with it.

To do this just start a HttpClient with a given port and you are ready to play with:

use PhantomPhp\HttpClient;
use PhantomPhp\PageManager;

$client = new HttpClient(8080);
// Now phantomjs is listening on port 8080

// As with the stream client you can start a pageManager based uppon this http client
$pageManager = new PageManager($client);
// Create a page named foo
$page = $pageManager->createPage('foo');

// ....

If you leave this previous process opened and open another process, the other process is able to call phantomjs without starting a new client. To do this you just have to define a http channel for the same port:

use PhantomPhp\Communication\HttpRequest;
use PhantomPhp\PageManager;

$channel = new HttpRequest(8080);

// and pass this channel to a new page manager
$pageManager = new PageManager($client);
// Get the page named foo created on the other process
$page = $pageManager->getPage('foo');  // warning: getPage is not implemented yet
$dom = $page->getDomContent();

// ....


  • More end points for page api
  • make the page high level synchronizable on demand (also on $page->navigate to lower request count)
  • Support PSR-7 request
  • Support page cookies, proxy, viewport, ua, etc...
  • Support default proxy, defualt ua, default viewport, etc...
  • Test error
  • File log