Swoole – a popular PHP network framework

We’ve implemented Swoole, a popular PHP network framework, on our platform

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Swoole, a popular PHP network framework, has gained prominence in recent years due to its scalability and its ability to enhance PHP performance as an extension.

Swoole serves as an event-driven network communication framework designed to handle asynchronous and parallel PHP requests, aiming to elevate the performance of web applications.

Developed exclusively in the C language, Swoole empowers PHP developers to craft scalable applications for areas like the internet, mobile communication, cloud computing, and online gaming, without necessitating an extensive grasp of non-blocking I/O programming.

To delve further into the Swoole framework and its application on our web hosting platform, refer here.

What Defines the Swoole Framework?

Swoole emerged with a fundamental aim – to augment the efficiency of PHP programmers, allowing them to focus their energies on more innovative endeavors.

Swoole stands out with its built-in async and multi-threaded I/O (input/output) modules, setting it apart from other async programming frameworks such as Nginx and Node.js.

This empowers developers to create network servers and execute database and filesystem operations in PHP.

Developers can leverage either sync or async API to develop applications.

Notable Advantages of the Swoole Framework Include:

  • Compiled 100% in C, delivering formidable performance.
  • User-friendly and efficient for development.
  • Relies on event-driven, non-blocking asynchronous processing.
  • Supports millions of concurrent TCP connections.
  • Allows asynchronous/synchronous/coroutine approaches.
  • Supports multiprocessing/multi-threading.
  • Offers CPU affinity and daemon process functionalities.

Furthermore, Key Components of Swoole That Enhance Application Development Consist of:

  • Support for IPv4/IPv6/Unixsocket networks.
  • Async TCP/UDP server and client capabilities.
  • SSL/TLS support.
  • Async HTTP/WebSocket client capacities.
  • Database connection pooling. Async MySQL client.
  • Async Redis client.
  • Fast serializer/unserializer.
  • Milliseconds task scheduling.

With this comprehensive set of components, Swoole is applicable to a range of applications, spanning from mobile communication, cloud computing, microservices, and mobile games to live chat systems. This versatility rivals the capabilities of C++ or Java developers.

Prominent platforms like Alibaba and Baidu have embraced Swoole, solidifying its adoption.

How Does the Swoole Framework Operate?

Swoole operates in CLI mode, distinguishing it from the standard PHP model.

Swoole PHP model

Key Distinctions Between Swoole and the Traditional PHP Model Include:

Swoole supports a broader array of server-side protocols. Swoole facilitates long-lived connections for websocket/TCP/UDP servers. Swoole creates supplementary worker processes to utilize all available CPU cores. Swoole manages and reuses memory-based status.

Implementing Swoole on Our Platform: The Swoole extension is pre-installed on our web hosting platform, accessible with a single click for your projects.

In the PHP settings section of the Hepsia Control Panel, find the Swoole option at the bottom of the table and activate it by checking the respective checkbox.

Enable Swoole in Hepsia Control Panel

Please note that the Swoole extension is currently compatible only with PHP 7 versions. Make sure to switch to a supported PHP 7 release.

After enabling Swoole for your hosting account, create an instance for your project within the Supervisor section. Click the “Create Instance” button and indicate the path to your Swoole-integrated script.

Once the instance is set, copy the generated port and insert it into your script file.

That’s it! You’re now set to run a WebSocket server using the Swoole network framework on our platform.