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
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