Top 10 PHP Frameworks 2019

There are so many PHP Frameworks available in today’s market but which are the top 10 PHP frameworks in the 2019 Jun-July market? Let’s find out in this article.

1. Laravel

What is Laravel?

Laravel is a free open source PHP framework based on MVC architecture. It was created by Taylor Otwell in June 2011.

Laravel uses Composer as a dependency manager to add Laravel-specific packages and framework-agnostic.


It has many useful features like Query Builder, Reverse Routing, Restful Controllers, Class autoloading, Blade template engine, IoC(inverse of control) principle, Migration of database schemas, Database seeding, Unit testing, Automatic pagination, Homestead – a vagrant virtual machine and more.

2. Symfony

What is Symfony?

Symfony is a set of reusable PHP components or libraries on which the best PHP web applications are building on. It was found in October 2005 and released under MIT license.

It is useful for faster web application development, maintenance and also it reduces repetitive coding work.


Just like the Laravel framework, Symfony also uses the composer to install its components. There are so many components available such as Mailer, Messenger, Process, Routing, Security, Serializer, Stopwatch, Templating, Validator, Yaml and so on.

3. Codelgniter

What is CodeIgniter?

CodeIgniter is an open-source PHP framework based on MVC architecture. This framework is a very easy, simple and elegant toolkit to build full-featured web applications. It was found in February 2006 by EllisLab.


It is a very small framework with less than 3MB size including user guide. It has strong security with built-in protection against Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) and Cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks. It has almost zero configuration as much of configuration is done by convention, although the user still has options to change it.

4. CakePHP

What is CakePHP?

CakePHP is also an open-source PHP framework based on MVC architecture just like Codeigniter. It was found in May 2006 by Michal Tatarynowicz.


It is modeled after the concept of Ruby on Rails which is a server-side MVC web application framework and that offers flexible database access.

Developers can generate codes and use scaffolding features to rapidly build prototypes. It is requiring any configuration. It has built-in Validation, Caching, Translations, Database access, authentication, and much more.

5. Zend Framework

What is Zend Framework?

Zend framework is an open-source Object-Oriented web framework which implemented in PHP 7. We can use its various packages by the use of the composer as part of its dependency manager. It was found in March 2006.


Zend Framework engineered with powerful performance tuning. It is an extensible open-source MVC structure that following PPH-FIG. It is secure with Store passwords using bcrypt, encrypted with AES-256. It is a good choice for Enterprise as it has proven success in the history of business-critical and high-usage applications.

6. Yii Framework

What is Yii Framework?

Yii Framework is object-oriented which is based on component-based MVC PHP web application framework. It was released in December 2008.


It is a fast, secure, and efficient PHP framework. Management of web services request handling is easy, Layered caching scheme enabled, Error handling and logging are easy, Security includes protection against Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) and Cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks, Automatic code generation.

7. Phalcon

What is the Phalcon Framework?

Phalcon is an open-source MVC based PHP web application framework. It was released in November 2012.


Unlike other PHP frameworks, this Phalcon framework is implemented as a web server extension which is written in two different languages that are Zephir and C.

The goal of this framework is to boost up the execution speed, minimal resources usage, and handle many HTTP requests.

8. FuelPHP

What is the FuelPHP framework?

The FuelPHP framework is a faster, simple and flexible MVC framework. It was found in July 2011.


URL routing system, RESTful implementation, HMVC implementation, Template Parsing, Form and data validation, Object Relation Mapper (ORM), CSRF protection, Encodes output, Caching system and many more.

9. PHPixie

What is PHPixie Framework?

PHPixie is a lightweight MVC PHP architecture-based framework. It is designed to be fast and easy to learn. It was found in July 2012.


Along with lightweight, faster and simplicity, PHPixie has solid fundamentals for development. It compiles code faster than any framework. It also Comes with Object Relation Mapper (ORM) as the FuelPHP framework.

10. Slim

What is Slim Framework?

As its name depicts, the Slim framework is a PHP micro-framework that helps developers to quickly write simple yet powerful web framework.


It also uses Composer as a dependency manager. It has features like HTTP Routes, PSR-7 HTTP message implementation, Dependency injection to control external tools.

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