Should you use Lumen for a speed boost?


September 23rd, 2021


Lumen came out back in 2015 as a lighter faster version of Laravel. The goal was to be able use it when speed was super important on a project or API.

Since that release, Laravel itself has been getting faster and faster, and new things such as Laravel Octane have came out which actually makes it faster than Lumen.

So to answer the question, should you use Lumen today? Taylor summed it up on Twitter:

I'd just like to remind you that Laravel itself is plenty fast enough for 80% of all use cases, but there are times when you really need some extra performance and Laravel + Octane is the way to go.

Just remember premature optimization is the root of all evil, and until you hit the point where you have maxed out everything. Remember that basic things like your database queries and Eloquent queries can cause more performance issues than people realize. One easy thing to fix N+1 issues is to disable lazy loading in development.

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Eric L. Barnes

Eric is the creator of Laravel News and has been covering Laravel since 2012.