The Most Popular PHP Frameworks

the most popular php frameworks

Lists of the most popular PHP frameworks online are usually that of opinion. They usually come from personal bloggers who give their opinion, which is usually molded from their own personal experience with each framework. Creating lists like these are usually subjective and it’s very hard to stay objective in these fields. That is why this list tries its best to stay as objective as possible, citing credible sources to determine the rankings of the most popular PHP frameworks.

This list is compiled from Google Search Interest, github stars and forks, and tag counts on Stack Overflow.

Zend Framework

most popular php frameworks - Zend Framework

“Zend Framework (ZF) is an open source, object-oriented web application framework implemented in PHP 5 and licensed under the New BSD License.” more…

Google Search Interest: 50 (Mar. 2013)
Stack Overflow Tags: 14829
Github Stars/Forks: 3926 / 1948

Code Igniter

the most popular php frameworks - code igniter

“CodeIgniter is an open source web application framework for use in building dynamic web sites with PHP. “Its goal is to enable [developers] to develop projects much faster than writing code from scratch, by providing a rich set of libraries for commonly needed tasks, as well as a simple interface and logical structure to access these libraries.”  more…

Google Search Interest: 54 (Mar. 2013)
Stack Overflow Tags: 18,743
Github Stars/Forks: 5599 / 2262

Yii Framework

the most popular php frameworks - yii framework

“Yii is an open source, object-oriented, component-based MVC PHP web application framework.” more…

Google Search Interest: 98 (Mar. 2013)
Stack Overflow Tags: 4799
Github Stars/Forks: 2636 / 1026


the most popular php frameworks - symfony

“Symfony is a web application framework written in PHP that follows the model–view–controller (MVC) paradigm. Released under the MIT license, Symfony is free software. The website launched on October 18, 2005.” more…

Google Search Interest: 64 (Mar. 2013)
Stack Overflow Tags: 9946
Github Stars/Forks: 6518 / 2246


the most popular php frameworks - cakephp

“CakePHP is an open source web application framework. It is written in PHP, modeled after the concepts of Ruby on Rails, and distributed under the MIT License.[2]
CakePHP uses well-known software engineering concepts and software design patterns, as Convention over configuration, Model-View-Controller, ActiveRecord, Association Data Mapping, and Front Controller.” more…

Google Search Interest: 69 (Mar. 2013)
Stack Overflow Tags: 13573
Github Stars/Forks: 3758 / 1296

Additional material:

Comparison of Web Frameworks

All trends (link to latest data):

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    • says

      My personal favorite is probably Zend Framework because of everything it comes with. If I am looking to deploy a quick proof of concept or prototype, Code Igniter is my favorite go to. You can build things so quickly with that framework. I love it.


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