PHP: list of best awesome PHP libraries

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Package Management

Libraries for package and dependency management.

Package Management Related

Libraries related to package management.

  • 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.

Frameworks

Web development frameworks.

  • Symfony2 – A framework comprised of individual components.
  • Knp RAD Bundle – A Rapid Application Development (RAD) bundle for Symfony 2.
  • Zend Framework 2 – Another framework comprised of individual components.
  • Laravel 4 – A simple PHP framework.
  • Lithium – Another framework of components.
  • Aura PHP – A framework of independent components.
  • Phalcon – A framework implemented as a C extension.

Framework Components

Web development frameworks’ standalone components.

Micro Frameworks

Micro frameworks and routers.

Content Management Systems

Modern content management systems.

  • Bolt – A simple CMS built with Silex and Twig.

Templating

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.
  • Plates – A native PHP templating library.
  • Lex – A lightweight template parser.

Static Site Generators

Tools for pre-processing content to generate web pages.

  • Sculpin – A tool that converts Markdown and Twig into static HTML.
  • Phrozn – Another tool that converts Textile, Markdown and Twig into HTML.

HTTP

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.

URL

Libraries for parsing URLs.

Email

Libraries for sending and parsing email.

Files

Libraries for file manipulation and MIME type detection.

  • Gaufrette – A filesystem abstraction layer.
  • Flysystem – Another filesystem abstraction layer.
  • Canal – A library to determine internet media types.
  • Apache MIME Types – A library that parses Apache MIME types.
  • Ferret – A MIME detection library.
  • Hoa Mime – Another MIME detection library.
  • Lurker – A resource tracking library.
  • PHP File Locator – A library for locating files in large projects.
  • PHP FFmpeg – A wrapper for the FFmpeg video library.

Streams

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.
  • Orno 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.

Imagery

Libraries for manipulating images.

Testing

Libraries for testing codebases and generating test data.

  • PHPUnit – A unit testing framework.
  • DBUnit – A database testing library for PHPUnit.
  • 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 (BDD) testing framework.
  • Pho – Another behaviour driven development testing 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.
  • PHPCI – An open source continuous integration platform for PHP.

Documentation

Libraries for generating project documentation.

  • Sami – An API documentation generator.
  • APIGen – Another API documentation generator.
  • PHP Documentor 2 – A documentation generator.

Security

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 www.random.org.
  • 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.
  • Password Validator – A library for validating and upgrading password hashes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • PHP Debug Bar – A debugging toolbar.
  • PHP Console – A web debugging console.
  • Barbushin PHP Console – Another web debugging console using Google Chrome.
  • PHPDBG – An interactive PHP debugger.
  • Scrutinizer – A web tool to scrutinise PHP code.

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.
  • Phing – A PHP project build system inspired by Apache Ant.

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.

Geolocation

Libraries for geocoding addresses and working with latitudes and longitudes.

  • GeoCoder – A geocoding library.
  • GeoTools – A library of geo-related tools.
  • PHPGeo – A simple geo library.
  • GeoJSON – A GeoJSON implementation.

Date and Time

Libraries for working with dates and times.

  • Carbon – A simple DateTime API extension.
  • ExpressiveDate – Another DateTime API extension.
  • CalendR – A calendar management library.

Event

Libraries that are event-driven or implement non-blocking event loops.

Logging

Libraries for generating and working with log files.

  • Monolog – A comprehensive logger.

E-commerce

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.

PDF

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.

  • Doctrine – A comprehensive DBAL and ORM.
  • Doctrine Migrations – A migration library for Doctrine.
  • Doctrine Extensions – A collection of Doctrine behavioural extensions.
  • Propel – A fast ORM.
  • Eloquent – The Laravel 4 ORM.
  • Baum – A nested set implementation for Eloquent.
  • Spot – A MySQL datamapper ORM.
  • RedBean – A lightweight, configuration-less ORM.
  • PHP ActiveRecord – A PHP Active Record implementation.
  • Paris and Idiorm – A minimalist database library.
  • Pomm – An Object Model Manager for PostgreSQL.
  • Migrations – A migration management library.
  • PHPMig – Another migration management library.
  • Phinx – Another database migration library.

NoSQL

Libraries for working with “NoSQL” backends.

  • MongoQB – A MongoDB query builder library.
  • Monga – A MongoDB abstraction library.
  • Predis – A feature complete Redis library.

Queue

Libraries for working with event and task queues.

  • Pheanstalk – A Beanstalkd client library.
  • PHP AMQP – A pure PHP AMQP library.
  • Thumper – A RabbitMQ pattern library.
  • Bernard – A multibackend abstraction library.

Search

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

Command Line

Libraries for building command line utilities.

  • Boris – A tiny PHP REPL.
  • PsySH – Another PHP REPL.
  • GetOpt – A command line opt parser.
  • OptParse – Another command line opt parser.
  • Commando – Another simple command line opt parser.
  • GetOptionKit – Another command line opt parser.
  • Cron Expression – A library to calculate cron run dates.
  • ShellWrap – A simple command line wrapper library.
  • Hoa Console – Another command line library.
  • Shunt – A library for running commands in parallel on multiple remote machines.

Authentication

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.
  • TwitterSDK – A fully tested Twitter SDK.
  • Hawk – A Hawk HTTP authentication library.

Markup

Libraries for working with markup.

  • Decoda – A lightweight markup parser library.
  • PHP Markdown – A Markdown parser.
  • Dflydev Markdown – Another Markdown parser.
  • Parsedown – Another Markdown parser.
  • Ciconia – Another Markdown parser that supports Github flavoured Markdown.
  • HTML5 PHP – An HTML5 parser and serializer library.

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.
  • Stringy – A string manipulation library with multibyte support.
  • 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.
  • PHP Conversion – Another library for converting between units of measure.
  • SQL Formatter – A library for formatting SQL statements.
  • Byte – A simple byte conversion library.
  • UA Parser – A library for parsing user agent strings.
  • LibPhoneNumber for PHP – A PHP implementation of Google’s phone number handling library.

Filtering and Validation

Libraries for filtering and validating data.

  • Filterus – A simple PHP filtering library.
  • Respect Validate – A simple validation library.
  • Valitron – Another validation library.
  • Upload – A library for handling file uploads and validation.
  • DMS Filter – An annotation filtering library.
  • MetaYaml – A schema validation library that supports YAML, JSON and XML.

REST and API

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.

Caching

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.

  • Ardent – A library of data structures.
  • PHP Collections – A simple collections library.
  • Serializer – A library for serialising and de-serialising data.
  • PHP Object Storage – A library for object storage.
  • Fractal – A library for converting complex data structures to JSON output.

Notifications

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.
  • Notificator – A lightweight notification library.

Deployment

  • Pomander – A deployment tool for PHP applications.
  • Rocketeer – A fast and easy deployer for the PHP world.

Third Party APIs

Libraries for accessing third party APIs.

Miscellaneous

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.
  • Code Mover – A library for moving code.
  • Iter – A library that provides iteration primatives using generators.
  • Lambda PHP – A Lambda calculus interpreter in PHP.
  • Country List – A list of all countries with names and ISO 3166-1 codes.
  • PHP-GPIO – A library for playing with the Raspberry PI’s GPIO pins.

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.
  • 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.

  • PuPHPet – A web tool for building PHP development virtual machines.
  • Protobox – Another web tool for building PHP development virtual machines.
  • 3V4L – An online PHP shell.
  • DBV – A database version control application.
  • PHP Queue – An application for managing queueing backends.
  • Composer as a Service – A tool for downloading Composer packages as a zip file.
  • MailCatcher – A web tool for capturing and viewing emails.

Resources

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

Websites

Useful web and PHP-related websites and newsletters.

Books

Fantastic books and 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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