Modernizing PHP Applications with Golang

RoadRunner is a high-performance PHP application server, load-balancer, and process manager written in Golang.

Production Ready

Production Ready

RoadRunner can be installed and used in production right away for even the biggest applications under constant load.

High Performance

High Performance

RoadRunner utilizes goroutines and the multi-threading capabilities of Golang to bring maximum performance to PHP applications.

Works Everywhere

Works Everywhere

You can download or compile RoadRunner binaries that work on Mac OS, Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, and ARM.

Golang Extensions

Golang Extensions

RoadRunner provides a flexible framework that allows you to integrate any Golang library with your application using Goridge RPC protocol.

Rich Error Management

Rich Error Management

RoadRunner supports effective application, server and protocol error handling. You can also connect custom handlers or reporters like Sentry, Prometheus, etc.



RoadRunner offers a versatile foundation library that allows for running your application under HTTP/2, gRPC, Queue, etc.

How to install RoadRunner

A simple guide to using RoadRunner


To get the roadrunner binary file you can use our docker image: spiralscout/roadrunner:2.X.X (more information about image and tags can be found here) or use the GitHub package:

FROM AS roadrunner
FROM php:8.1-cli

COPY --from=roadrunner /usr/bin/rr /usr/local/bin/rr

RoadRunner CLI

You can also install RoadRunner automatically using command shipped with the composer package, run:

$ composer require spiral/roadrunner:v2.0 nyholm/psr7
$ ./vendor/bin/rr get-binary

Create a PHP worker using the following guide.

use Spiral\RoadRunner;
use Nyholm\Psr7;

include "vendor/autoload.php";

$worker = RoadRunner\Worker::create();
$psrFactory = new Psr7\Factory\Psr17Factory();

$psr7 = new RoadRunner\Http\PSR7Worker($worker, $psrFactory, $psrFactory, $psrFactory);

while (true) {
    try {
        $request = $psr7->waitRequest();

        if (!($request instanceof \Psr\Http\Message\ServerRequestInterface)) {
	    // Termination request received
    } catch (\Throwable) {
        $psr7->respond(new Psr7\Response(400)); // Bad Request

    try {
        // Application code logic
        $psr7->respond(new Psr7\Response(200, [], 'Hello RoadRunner!'));
    } catch (\Throwable) {
        $psr7->respond(new Psr7\Response(500, [], 'Something Went Wrong!'));

To write a configuration file explaining how RoadRunner should run your application:

server: command: "php psr-worker.php" http: address: pool: num_workers: 4

See full configuration example here.

RoadRunner application can be started by calling a simple command from the root of your PHP application:

$ rr serve

You can also start RoadRunner using configuration from custom location:

$ rr serve -c ./app/.rr.yaml

To reload all RoadRunner services:

$ rr reset

To reload silently:

$ rr reset --silent

To reset only particular plugins:

$ rr reset http

To run golang pprof server (debug mode):

$ rr serve -d -c .rr.yaml

To view the status of all active workers in an interactive mode:

$ rr workers -i -c .rr.yaml

RR support .env files. To read environment variables from the .env file, use the --dotenv CLI command:

$ rr serve --dotenv .env -c .rr.yaml

See more about console commands here.

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