This is the client for SOARCE providing and endpoint for external code coverage collection and more.

4.0.1 2020-02-29 20:04 UTC


Version: 4.0.1


This package is the client part of SOARCE - a tool for collecting, reading and analyzing PHP code coverage withing a service oriented architecture / microservice environment. It has to be installed per service as a dev requirement. This library will intercept certain calls to the service/application and either execute necessary code for collecting and storing coverage before/after the actual application code or execute it's own actions instead (e.g. handing out coverage data to the master application).


Althought there will be security measures in place, include this library only as a --dev dependency. The intended use is local development or use within a CI/CD pipeline. See documentation for more advanced examples.


This tool is inteded to help with legacy software maintenance and upgrades. Because of this we have multiple versions of this client available, supporting legacy versions of PHP down to PHP 5.3.9. The current minimum PHP-Version for the master branch and active development is the oldest supported PHP versions by Whenever EOL of one is reached, we'll create a new major version and there drop support. Currently the following branches are available:

  • 1.x - PHP 5.3.9
  • 2.x - PHP 5.4 - 5.6
  • 3.x - PHP 7.0
  • 4.x/master - PHP 7.1+



  "require-dev": {
    "soarce/client": "*"

or preferably run this composer command in your project root:

$ composer require --dev --prefer-dist "soarce/client"

In addition, you will have to install and enable xdebug in order to generate code coverage. It has not been included in the "required" section as it would disallow composer-runs without it.



  • string SOARCE_ACTION_PARAM_NAME = "SOARCE": names the SOARCE interceptor param name. Use something long and random to obfuscate an active SOARCE client if necessary and/or to solve parameter name conflicts with your application. It has to match the main application's parameter name setting.
  • string SOARCE_APPLICATION_NAME = $_SERVER['HOSTNAME']: names the server/application for gathering the stats. This should be the same name used in the main application's config. As a fallback the "HOSTNAME" server variable will be used - with docker this means defaulting to the docker container's id.
  • string SOARCE_DATA_PATH = "/tmp/": any writable location on your server / in your container. Named pipes, trigger and pid-files will be written there. If you host multiple services from the same host or container, make sure they use different SOARCE_DATA_PATHs. Coverage is sent directly to the master application, trace is written to the named pipes, parsed in memory and the result then sent to the master.
  • string SOARCE_WHITELISTED_HOST_IPS = "": a comma-separated list of IPv4 and IPv6 addresses that should be able to access SOARCE commands and resources through this plugin. The empty default means no whitelisting active and permits all requests. This is the default as SOARCE is a development tool and should not be accessible from public networks anyways.
  • string SOARCE_WHITELISTED_PATHS = "": a PATH_SEPARATOR (:) separated list of paths out of which SOARCE is allowed to handout sourcecode on request - to display in code coverage views. You should include all possible source code and library paths - a good start is usually the common_path parameter in the application's config, for example "/var/www". As with the IP whitelist, an empty path whitelist disables the feature as SOARCE should only be used in closed environments.
  • string SOARCE_PRESHARED_SECRET = "": an arbitrary string which - if used - has to be identical to the respective config key in the application's config. It is being sent as a HTTP header to effectively reduce drive-by or XSS attacks as well as brute-force attempts to guess how to access SOARCE on a certain system.


xdebug.auto_trace = 0
xdebug.trace_format = 1
xdebug.trace_enable_trigger = 0

This might be counterintuitive, but, SOARCE triggers coverage and tracing itself.


Currently the client expects a few preconditions at static hostnames/addresses - we plan to add configuration options later:

  • the main application will be expected at the address "http://soarce.local:80/"
  • the redis server (for reliable mutex locking of the pipes) at "tcp://soarce.local:6379"
  • clone the application soarce/application and run docker-compose up for it, it will create and run the necessary services within a virtual network.
  • make sure that the containers you install this package to can access the aforementioned services. This can be achieved for example by running them with docker-compose and putting them into the same virtual network:
    • for your application container (e.g. php-fpm or apache + mod_php) add a new network to the current one so it looks for example like this:
          build: [...]
          volumes: [...]
          links: [...]
                - my-app.local
    • define the network soarce_default as an external network by adding this to the end of your docker-compose.yml:
          external: true

Known Issues


  • Component requires xdebug to be active

Separating Requests

For within a service architecture we just added a feature that automatically detects the request-id of the parent request and the sequence number of child requests within that parent request. This currently only works in it's zero-conf mode when each service is running in it's own VM or docker container - having a separate IP address - and without having gaps inbetween - like loadbalancers or services not equipped with an active SOARCE client. We'll add additional support options in the future.