PHP: list of best awesome PHP libraries

PHP: list of best awesome PHP libraries

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


It is an exciting time to be a PHP developer. There are lots of useful libraries released every day, and with the help of Composer and Github, they are easy to discover and use. Here is a complete list of the coolest that We’ve come across.

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.


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.


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.


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.
  • 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.


Libraries for manipulating images.


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.


Libraries for generating project documentation.

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


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.
  • 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.

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.


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.

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


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.


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.


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.
  • 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.


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.
  • Notificator - A lightweight notification library.


  • 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.


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.


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


Useful web and PHP-related websites and newsletters.


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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