Probably the fastest PHP framework – Lumen


Lumen was created in 2015 by Taylor Otwell who is also the creator of the Laravel framework. It is an open-source, ultra-light framework designed mainly for writing microservices in PHP. Lumen is a micro-framework , it means that it is a slimmed-down, fast version of a full-fledged framework for writing web applications, in this case it is the younger brother of the Laravel framework.

The main determinant of the quality of such a project is its speed, and it falls out well against the competition.


Taking into account the benchmark shown on the Lumen website, it is currently the fastest micro-framework among the competition in the number of requests per second.

  • Lumen – 1,900 requests per second
  • Slim 3 – 1800 requests per second
  • Silex – 1,300 requests per second

Here are some of the advantages of the Lumen framework:

  • Incredible speed
  • Simple syntax
  • Very easy migration of the project to the full-fledged Laravel framework
  • Lumen provides a fast routing function thanks to the Fast Route library. This library provides implementation of routing based on regular expressions.
  • It provides a simple observer that allows you to save and listen to events in our application.
  • Unfortunately, Lumen does not support the session, but provides a simple authentication mechanism based on tokens.
  • He supports caching. There is no difference between the Laravel and Lumenie cache systems, all caching drivers such as databases, Memcached and Redis are supported.
  • It contains the Monologue library, which provides support for many ways of logging.


Server requirements:

  • PHP> = 7.1.3
  • OpenSSL PHP extension
  • PDO PHP extension
  • Mbstring PHP extension
  • Installation using Composer – the project can be installed by entering the Composera create-project command in the terminal.


Using Composer project can be installed by entering the composer command:

To set up the project locally, you can use external virtual machines, or use the built-in production server. This can be done by entering the appropriate command in the terminal.

All options for Lumen settings are stored in a .env file, after installing the project you need to configure the local environment.

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