OPcache is a PHP extension that improves PHP performance by storing precompiled script bytecode in shared memory, thereby removing the need for PHP to load and parse scripts on each request. The extension is built-in for PHP 5.5+. If you are looking to improve PHP performance, the first step should be to use PHP 7.4+, which is twice as fast as PHP 5. In any case, using OPcache will speed up scripts ~ two times faster!
PHP oPcache Control Panels
- CacheTool (Recommended) – Manage cache in the CLI. (see above screenshot)
- OPcache GUI by amnuts – OPcache statistics, settings and cached files. Provides real-time stats.
- PeeHaa’s OpCacheGUI – A nice alternative GUI for PHP’s OpCache.
- OPcache Dashboard by Carlos Buenosvinos – monitor OPcache with this dashboard.
- OCP by _CK_ – One of if not THE first OPcache control panels available. Still works!
Improve PHP performance with OPcache config tweaks
If you’d like to improve PHP performance even more with OPcache, try applying some of all of the below changes to your php.ini or opcache.ini config file. (Performance gains most noticeable on higher throughput servers):
opcache.revalidate_freq = 10 (default "2") How often (in seconds) to check file timestamps for changes to the shared memory storage allocation. ("1" means validate once per second, but only once per request. "0" means always validate)
opcache.fast_shutdown = 1 (default "0") If enabled, a fast shutdown sequence is used for the accelerated code The fast shutdown sequence doesn't free each allocated block, but lets the Zend Engine Memory Manager do the work.
opcache.file_update_protection = 0 (default "2") Prevents caching files that are less than this number of seconds old. It protects from caching of incompletely updated files. In case all file updates on your site are atomic, you may increase performance setting it to "0".
— PHP OPcache page: http://php.net/manual/en/book.opcache.php
— List of PHP accelerators: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_PHP_accelerators
Published: August 13th, 2017
Last updated: August 2nd, 2021