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Awesome PHP Libraries and Resources

Awesome PHP

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


  • Composer
  • Composer Related
  • Frameworks
  • Micro Frameworks
  • Framework Components
  • Templating
  • HTTP
  • URL
  • Email
  • Files
  • Streams
  • Dependency Injection
  • Imagery
  • Testing
  • Documentation
  • Security
  • Code Analysis
  • Build Tools
  • Asset Management
  • Geolocation
  • Date and Time
  • Event
  • Logging
  • E-commerce
  • PDF
  • ORM and Datamapping
  • NoSQL
  • Queue
  • Search
  • Command Line
  • Authentication
  • Markup
  • Text and Numbers
  • Filtering and Validation
  • REST and API
  • Caching
  • Data Structure and Storage
  • Notifications
  • Third Party APIs
  • Miscellaneous
  • Development Software
  • Web Tools


Libraries for package and dependency management.

Composer Related

Libraries related to Composer.

  • Satis - A static Composer repository generator.
  • Composition - A library to check your Composer environment at runtime.
  • Poser - A Composer class aliasing library.
  • 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.

Full-Stack Frameworks

Current Top Frameworks

Older PHP Frameworks

Misc Frameworks

Micro Frameworks

Micro frameworks and routers.

  • Silex - A micro framework built around Symfony2 components.
  • Stack - A library of stackable middleware for Silex/Symfony.
  • Slim - A micro framework.
  • Bullet PHP - A mico framework for building REST APIs.
  • Klein - A fast routing library.

Framework Components

PHP framework components.


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.
  • Lex - A lightweight template parser.
  • Sculpin - A library that converts Markdown and Twig into static HTML.


Libraries for working with HTTP and scraping websites.

  • Guzzle - A HTTP client.
  • Buzz - Another HTTP client.
  • Requests - A simple HTTP library.
  • Goutte - A simple web scraper.
  • PHP VCR - A library for recording and replaying HTTP requests.


Libraries for parsing URLs.


Libraries for sending and parsing email.


Libraries for file manipulation and MIME type detection.


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.
  • Di - Another flexible dependency injection container.
  • PHP DI - A dependency injection implementation using annotations.
  • Acclimate - A common interface to dependency injection containers and service locators.


Libraries for manipulating images.


Libraries for testing codebases and generating test data.

  • PHPUnit - A unit testing framework.
  • ParaTest - A parallel testing library for PHPUnit.
  • PHPSpec - A design by specification unit testing library.
  • Codeception - A full stack testing framework.
  • Atoum - A simple testing library.
  • Mockery - A mock object library for testing.
  • Phake - Another mock object library for testing.
  • Parody - Yet another mock object library for testing.
  • Sismo - A continuous testing server library.
  • Faker - A fake data generator library.
  • Samsui - Another fake data generator library.
  • Alice - An expressive fixture generation library.
  • Behat - A Behaviour Driven Development 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.
  • Locust - A modern load test library written in Python.
  • Travis CI - A continuous integration platform.


Libraries for generating project 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 dependecies for security advisories.
  • Scrutinizer - A web tool to scrutinise PHP code.
  • Zed - An integrated penetration testing tool for web applications.

Code Analysis

Libraries and tools for analysing, parsing and manipulation 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 standard fixer library.
  • PHP Manipulator - A library for analysing and modifying PHP Source Code.
  • 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.
  • Dissect - A set of tools for lexical and syntactical analysis.
  • PHP Debug Bar - A debugging toolbar.
  • PHP Console - A web debugging console.
  • PHPDBG - An interactive PHP debugger.

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.

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.


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.


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.


Libraries and software for working with PDF files.

  • Snappy - A PDF and image generation library.
  • WKHTMLToPDF - A tool to convert HTML to PDF.

ORM and Datamapping

Libraries that implement object-relational mapping or datamapping techniques.


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.


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

Command Line

Libraries for building command line utilities.


Libraries for implementing authentications schemes.

  • Sentry - A framework agnostic authentication & authorisation library.
  • Sentry Social - A library for social network authentication.
  • OPAuth - A multi-provider authentication framework.
  • OAuth2 - An OAuth2 authentication server, resource server and client library.
  • PHP oAuthLib - Another OAuth library.
  • TwitterOAuth - A Twitter OAuth library.
  • Hawk - A Hawk HTTP authentication library.


Libraries for working with markup.

Text and Numbers

Libraries for parsing and manipulating text and numbers.

  • ANSI to HTML5 - An ANSI to HTML5 convertor library.
  • Patchwork UTF-8 - A portable library for working with UTF-8 strings.
  • Hoa String - Another UTF-8 string library.
  • Numbers PHP - A library for working with numbers.
  • Math - A library for working with large numbers.
  • 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.
  • PHP Units of Measure - A library for converting between units of measure.
  • SQL Formatter - A library for formatting SQL statements.

Filtering and Validation

Libraries for filtering and validating data.


Libraries and web tools for developing REST-ful 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.


Libraries for caching data.

  • Cache - A caching library (part of Doctrine).
  • Stash - Another library for caching.

Data Structure and Storage

Libraries that implement data structure or storage techniques.


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.
  • Bernard - A structured message library for queues.
  • Notificator - A lightweight notification library.

Third Party APIs

Libraries for accessing third party APIs.


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.
  • KnpMenu - A menu library.
  • Pagerfanta - A pagination library.
  • Ruler - A simple stateless production rules engine.
  • LiteCQRS - A CQRS (Command Query Responsibility Separation) library.
  • Sslurp - A library that makes dealing with SSL suck less.
  • PHP Option An option type library.
  • 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.
  • Finite - A simple PHP finite state machine.
  • LadyBug - A dumper library.
  • Plum - A deployer library.
  • Procrastinator - A library for running time consuming tasks.
  • Compose - A function composition library.
  • 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.
  • Monad PHP - A simple Monad library.
  • Flux - A regular expression building library.
  • Patchwork - A library for redefining userland functions.
  • Galapagos - Evolutionary language transformation.
  • Design Patterns PHP - A repository of software patterns implemented in PHP.
  • PHPCR - A PHP port of the Java Content Repository (JCR).
  • Functional PHP - A functional programming library.
  • ClassPreloader - A library for optimising autoloading.
  • Lib Country - A library for country and subdivision data.
  • Lib Accessor - A library for simplifying accessors.
  • PHPStack - A TCP/IP stack proof of concept written in PHP.
  • Nmap - A PHP wrapper around Nmap.
  • Country List - A list of all countries with names and ISO 3166-1 codes.

Development Software

Software for creating a development environment.

  • HomeBrew - A package manager for OSX.
  • HomeBrew PHP - A PHP tap for HomeBrew.
  • PHP OSX - A PHP installer for OSX.
  • HipHop PHP - A Virtual Machine, Runtime and JIT for PHP by Facebook.
  • Vagrant - A portable development environment utility.
  • Ansible - A radically simple orchestration framework.
  • Puppet - A server automation framework and application.
  • Chef - A systems integration framework.
  • SaltStack - An infrastructure management tool.
  • PuPHPet - A web tool for building PHP development virtual machines.
  • 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.
  • CodeKit - A general web development tool.
  • HTTPie - A command line alternative to cURL written in Python.
  • Backup - A server backup tool written in Ruby.

Web Tools

Web-based tools.

  • 3V4L - An online PHP shell.
  • DBV - A database version control application.
  • PHP Queue - An application for managing queueing backends.


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


Useful PHP-related websites and newsletters.


Fantastic e-books.

Web Reading

General web-development-related reading materials.

PHP Reading

PHP-releated reading materials.

PHP Internals Reading

Reading materials related to the PHP internals or performance.

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