PHP frameworks comparison

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2020-10-24 13:00:27

Comparison chart of the stable versions of best PHP frameworks in order to help you to choose the PHP framework adapted to your specific needs: Agile Toolkit vs Banshee vs CakePHP vs CakePHP2 vs CodeIgniter vs Fat-Free vs FuelPHP vs Jelix vs Kohana vs Laravel vs Lithium vs Mako vs MkFramework vs PPI Framework vs Solar vs Symfony vs Symfony2 vs Yii vs Zend Framework vs Zend Framework 2 vs Zikula.


This part in the comparison table try to summarize the important features of the main PHP frameworks.

Object-relational mapping (ORM) are components that helps you to transform your databases access in a more friendly object oriented manner. Instead of manipulating records, you manipulate objects and could most of the time forget about all the SQL queries that goes behind the scene.

Code generation make developers life easier by creating files and default content automatically so you don't have to.

Edge Side Includes (ESI) allows, with a compliant gateway cache, to cache a page fully and to update only parts of the page that have changed.


This section is an important part, it helps you to directly go to the section essential when using a new framework: the tutorials and documentation. Have a look at the tutorial and documentation to get a quick view at the code verbosity, and the documentation quality.

Do not hesitate to add comparison criteria, other PHP Framework or simply leave a comment or rate the framework you know...

YiiCodeIgniterSymfonyLaravelFat-Free (F3)CakePHPFuelPHPJelixMkFrameworkMoufphalconPHPixieClanCatsFrameworkBansheeMakoSilex frameworkSlim frameworkZikula
Latest version2.0.384.*@dev2.
Release date2020-09-142020-07-152020-10-042020-10-212020-05-282020-10-052019-06-272020-08-172020-04-082015-01-072020-05-162014-03-182014-09-162014-08-142020-09-152018-06-012020-04-142020-09-04
Requirements>= PHP 5.4>= PHP 5.1.6>= PHP 5.5.9PHP >= 7.0.0, OpenSSL PHP Extension, PDO PHP Extension, Mbstring PHP Extension, Tokenizer PHP Extension, XML PHP Extension,>=PHP 5.3>= PHP 7.2.8>= PHP 5.3>= PHP 5.2PHP >= 5.2>= PHP 5.3.2>=PHP 5.3.0>= PHP 5.3>= PHP 5.3.1>=PHP 5.3.0>=PHP 5.3.0>= PHP 5.3
Backward compatibilityToute la branche 4.* , depuis 2009
Internationalization I18N / L10ngettext
PHP array
language classXML (XLIFF)
PHP array, gettext via extensionICU/intlgettext, PHP arrayPHP arrayXML File, PHP Arrayplugin_i18nFINEPHP arraylanguage classgettext
Code generationYii CLI, Gii (Web based)CLICLICLICLICLIMkbuilder: générateur WebDiscouraged, use advanced configuration via dependency injection insteadCLIModule Studio
ORMDatabase Access Objects (DAO), Active Record (AR)ActiveRecordDoctrine 2, Propel (active record)ELOQUENT ORM (active record)Axon (SQL), M2 (MongoDB), and Jig (flat files)CustomCustomData Access Object (DAO)Custom possibilité facilement d'utiliser un autre (doctrine par exemple)TDBM or DoctrinePHPixie ORMCCF ORM - DB\ModelThird party. Doctrine, Propel ...Doctrine
Cache storageAPC,
File, apc, memcached, xcacheHTTP,
File System, Database, Memcached, APC, Redis, Xcache, WinCache, Memory (Arrays)APC, xCache, WinCache, Memcache, Filesystem, Shared memoryMemcache, APC File, APC, Memcache, RedisFile, Redis, Memcache, APCFile, APC, Memcache, Rediscache html de page complète et/ou de "zones"/"modules" du siteAPC, File, Memcache, Memory, or any Doctrine Cache implementationAPC,
Memcache / Memcached,
Dependency injection containerYesYes With autowiringYes With graphical interface, compatible with ContainerInterop
ServicesSOAP / WebServicesXML-RPCOpenID, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Akismet, XML-RPC, SOAP, PingbackThird partyXML-RPC and many others provided on
Template SystemPHP and Prado's - Several others using Extensions (Razor, Smarty, Twig, etc)PHP, Simple template parser "{var_name}"PHP, TwigBlade, PHP, CustomPHP, custom plugin, Twig, Haanga, Smarty, etc.Custom but Smarty/Twig can be usedPHP, Dwoo, HAML, JADE, Markdown, Mustache, Smarty, TwigjTplBuilt-in Twig supportPHPPHP, CCTemplatesXSLTPHPSmarty
Web2.0built-in jQuery, extendable to any javascript frameworkjQuery HTML5boilerplateJS-library agnosticFull jQuery, jQuery UI, Grid System, Native AJAX,RestFulJS-library agnosticjQueryJS-library agnostic
Testing libraryPHPUnit, SeleniumPHPUnit (In development)PHPUnitPHPUnitBuilt-inPHPUnitPHPUnitPHPUnitPHPUnit
Edge Side IncludesYes include tag only
Code generationYii CLI, Gii (Web based)CLICLICLICLICLIMkbuilder: générateur WebDiscouraged, use advanced configuration via dependency injection insteadCLIModule Studio
Layer generatorYes DoctrineBundle, PropelBundleYes
Menu generatorYesYes
CRUD generationYes GiiYes SensioGeneratorBundleYesYes Evolugrid and BCEYes
Logging managementYes PSR-3 compliantYesYesYesYes PSR-3 compliantYes
User interfaceYes Oui : BuilderYes Extensible
Multiple databasesYesYesYesYesYes
XssYes Built-inYesYesYes Built-inYesYesYes Via TwigYes
XsrfYes Built-inYesYesYes Built-inYesYesYes
Sql injectionYes Built-inYesYes Built-inYesYesYes Via TDBM or DoctrineYes
Auth moduleYesYesYesYes Généré via le buider
Github / Bitbucket / Sourceforge
Commercial SupportYes www.expressionengine.comYes http://cakedc.comNo
Notable projects using it https://www.humhub.org
Drupal 8
eZ Publish 5
http://fatfree.sf.netHot Scripts, Affilorama...HaveFnuBB forum project : http://www.havefnubb.org http://supercapote.com and many more!
Your reviews
Simplicity4.7 3 ratings4.7 10 ratings3.8 4 ratings5.0 6 ratings4.8 4 ratings4.3 3 ratings5.0 1 rating5.0 1 rating5.0 3 ratings3.0 2 ratings0 no rating0 no rating5.0 1 rating0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating
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  • This PHP frameworks comparison chart compares the best PHP frameworks: Banshee vs CakePHP2 vs CodeIgniter vs Fat-Free vs FuelPHP vs Jelix vs Kohana vs Laravel vs Lithium vs PHPixie vs Mako vs MkFramework vs Solar vs Symfony2 vs Yii vs Zend Framework
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  • I recommend Laravel.
    Posted 2021-01-29 11:20:47 by Satyam Jaiswal
  • Thanks for Share PHP Framework. it is very helpful for PHP beginners and professionals.
    Posted 2020-07-23 16:42:36 by Mahesh
  • Object-relational mapping (ORM) are components that helps you to transform your databases access in a more friendly object oriented manner. Instead of manipulating records, you manipulate objects and could most of the time forget about all the SQL queries that goes behind the scene
    Posted 2020-07-08 14:32:57 by sdf
  • good
    Posted 2020-04-14 07:30:27 by Jo999uk
  • Thanks! A very useful aticle! I also highly recommend to use information about complex PHP projects delivered by N-iX (Ukrainian provider of software development outsourcing services with delivery centres in Ukraine, Poland, Bulgaria, and Belarus and over 1000 expert software developers).
    Posted 2019-12-21 17:11:40 by Julia
  • A useful and fresh frameworks comparison -
    Posted 2019-12-14 12:37:50 by deemapartizan
  • voted for this Comparison (Like)
    Posted 2019-10-26 09:20:36 by L.Kucher
  • That's an amazing table, never saw anything like it! I remember one PHP developer once told me that Laravel is the extended Symfony and 'uses' it in many ways. Or maybe it was vise versa. Don't really remember. It says a good PHP developer should know a few PHP frameworks - Is that true? Trying to figure out which framework is the best to start with.
    Posted 2019-10-26 09:20:07 by L.Kucher
  • rated Mouf: Simplicity 1
    Posted 2019-08-20 11:19:01 by julien
  • Nice Article on PHP Framework Comparision. I found some interesting thoughts here on PHP development. I think this may found useful.
    Posted 2019-04-11 14:20:55 by David Ryan
  • Thanks for an extensive comparison. My vote goes to Yii framework. Also, there is an interesting article about PHP developer salaries across the globe
    Posted 2019-03-20 12:10:18 by Terry Vance
  • CakePHP
    Posted 2019-03-06 12:34:03 by a.stefanuk
  • Hey! I want to vote for CakePHP! Probably I can say that one of main characteristics of this framework is code reusability makes for more productive development. And I found great article about this framework You will find it interesting.
    Posted 2019-03-06 12:32:09 by a.stefanuk
  • I would go with Zend Framework 2 , as we are offering Outsourcing Services and most of the demand is coming for Zend Framwork.
    Posted 2019-02-28 10:12:58 by Jani Ali
  • voted for CakePHP (Like)
    Posted 2019-02-26 08:40:44 by wajidkhan
  • voted for CodeIgniter (Like)
    i like it because its a very easy to use and also integrate a oop php
    Posted 2019-02-26 08:40:38 by wajidkhan
  • Posted 2019-02-26 08:36:07 by wajidkhan
  • Posted 2019-02-26 08:35:50 by wajidkhan
  • Posted 2019-02-26 08:35:29 by wajidkhan
  • PHP Micro & Router Framework Benchmark no-framework AltoRouter PHP-Router FastRoute flight tipsy siler-1.3 klein.php limonade bearframework fatfree Slim-3.x
    Posted 2019-01-28 10:42:16 by dejurin
  • check out the best php tutorials recommended by experts
    Posted 2019-01-26 10:06:31 by Letsfindcourse
  • People can also learn more about PHP frameworks from here:
    Posted 2019-01-11 09:56:23 by vijaydeveloper
  • very nice comparison between all the PHP framework and i want to share two of my article with you for adding some extra value in this article. here is my article...
    Posted 2019-01-11 06:32:16 by sharmaajay
  • Posted 2018-10-23 08:18:51 by nbtai91
  • comunidade em português
    Posted 2018-03-21 00:40:41 by jugcosta
  • rated Yii: Simplicity 5
    Posted 2018-03-21 00:39:55 by jugcosta
  • voted for Yii (Like)
    Posted 2018-03-21 00:39:45 by jugcosta
  • By far the most versatile, powerful and beautiful Framework. Its ORM, CI, ECHO, ELOQUENT, etc... are some of the feature the modern web dev should have
    Posted 2018-01-29 12:41:36 by codiiv
  • PHP is one of the most preferred server-side scripting languages, which has gained a lot of appreciation due to its simplicity. Whether a developer is starting its career or has gained significant experience in the field of PHP, all these frameworks will help an individual in gaining competitive lead in the market due to the major demand of these frameworks. To know more To know more about PHP frameworks click @
    Posted 2018-01-05 12:53:06 by logicspice
  • Nice article! Keep going. You can also just analyse the functioning of both these platforms in the programmer’s point of view here
    Posted 2017-09-28 13:37:01 by Neha
  • I usually recommended CodeIgniter due to it can build rapid web application development for small footprints. We at able to develop custom web application solution.
    Français Posted 2017-09-01 12:39:58 by CodeIgniter Developer
  • I am very much sure about this the comparisons. All frameworks have unique and good features but as a technical person, I'll go with Laravel framework due to its benefits, key features, and advantages. Why Laravel is most popular, read here,
    Posted 2017-06-06 08:38:37 by jessicabarnesvc
  • voted for Laravel (Like)
    Posted 2017-02-12 08:50:37 by Shahbaz Shaukat
  • voted for Yii (Like)
    Posted 2017-01-21 01:33:22 by Paulo Jorge
  • voted for CakePHP (Like)
    Posted 2016-12-05 00:41:39 by Gerard Martin Mc Donnell
  • Hi All. I have ordered frameworks by the number of "Likes" then alphabetically. Please don't mess up.
    Posted 2016-10-18 22:04:10 by Romans Malinovskis
  • voted for Symfony (Like)
    Français Posted 2016-10-03 05:06:32 by Rambo Lunguma
  • Developers are building complex websites and web apps since many years from now. Sometimes, above a certain complexity level it is used to take too much time and hassle to always start from the scratch. To know more about PHP frameworks click @
    Posted 2016-09-21 06:36:36 by vivek Avasthi
  • voted for phalcon (Like)
    Fast :)
    Posted 2016-05-18 01:21:53 by CSoellinger
  • suggested on Symfony to set Name to Symfony3
    Version 3 is now commonly used.
    Posted 2016-05-13 08:27:08 by Alvin Bunk
  • voted for Symfony (Like)
    Posted 2016-05-13 07:49:22 by Alvin Bunk
  • Discovering the site and its comparisons. Why are there 2 somewhat parrallel pages, ie in parallele with this one but some "columsn" have more content / data
    Posted 2016-04-25 11:55:21 by Bernard Savonet
  • what's the source of those inforamtions is it a trusted source ?
    Posted 2016-04-22 11:00:44 by Sejda Hajji
  • voted for Laravel (Like)
    good framework
    Posted 2016-04-21 16:31:14 by Sejda Hajji
  • Where is CakePHP 3? Came out ages ago and is a game changer.
    Posted 2016-04-05 13:14:25 by David Scott
  • voted for Yii (Like)
    Posted 2016-03-29 13:47:50 by Antonín Slejška
  • rated Yii: Simplicity 5
    Posted 2016-03-29 13:47:42 by Antonín Slejška
  • Posted 2016-03-29 13:47:36 by Antonín Slejška
  • voted for Fat-Free (F3) (Like)
    Lightweight, easy to learn
    Posted 2016-03-25 19:05:05 by meljturner
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