Laravel Octane v1.0 is Here

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May 12th, 2021

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The Laravel team has been hard at work on Laravel Octane, a tool to supercharge your Laravel application's performance. After releasing the beta in April, Octane has released a stable 1.0 version!

Octane boasts some exceptional performance benchmarks by using high-powered application servers that integrate with Laravel. Some things to note now that Octane is considered stable and ready for production:

  • Octane requires PHP v8.0+
  • Octane supports Roadrunner, an application server, load-balancer, and process manager written in Golang.
  • Octane supports Swoole PHP, a high-performance programmatic server for PHP with Async IO, Coroutines and Fibers
  • Laravel Sail provides an easy way to get started with both Roadrunner and Swoole

The documentation is now available on the Laravel website.

Read the documentation carefully when deciding which underlying server you want to run. Both servers offer high-performance, but Octane provides vendors-specific features for Swoole that are not possible in Roadrunner.

When using Swoole, you have access to an octane cache driver:

1Cache::store('octane')->put('framework', 'Laravel', 30);

According to the readme, the Octane cache driver (powered by Swoole table):

[Swoole] provides read and write speeds of up to 2 million operations per second. This cache driver is powered by Swoole tables. All data stored in the cache is available to all workers on the server. However, the server will flush the cached data on a restart.

With Swoole you can also leverage Concurrent Tasks, which means you can execute operations simultaneously via lightweight background tasks:

1use App\User;
2use App\Server;
3use Laravel\Octane\Facades\Octane;
4 
5[$users, $servers] = Octane::concurrently([
6 fn () => User::all(),
7 fn () => Server::all(),
8]);

Lastly, Swoole has the concept of Swoole tables, which provides "extreme performance throughput and data in these tables can be accessed by all workers on the server."

Here’s an example of how you can interact with Swoole tables using Octane:

1// Octane tables config in config/octane.php
2return [
3 'tables' => [
4 'example:1000' => [
5 'name' => 'string:1000',
6 'votes' => 'int',
7 ],
8 ],
9];
10 
11// Usage example
12use Laravel\Octane\Facades\Octane;
13 
14Octane::table('example')->set('uuid', [
15 'name' => 'Nuno Maduro',
16 'votes' => 1000,
17]);
18 
19Octane::table('example')->get('uuid');

Learn More

To get started with Octane, check it out on GitHub at laravel/octane.

To get started in your new or existing Laravel project, install Octane with composer and bootstrap it via Artisan:

1composer require laravel/octane
2php artisan octane:install

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Paul Redmond

Full stack web developer. Author of Lumen Programming Guide and Docker for PHP Developers.