PHP Management

As PHP has become more popular in the enterprise, a host of PHP performance tools have appeared to help organizations troubleshoot bottlenecks in their PHP code

Free profilers like XDebug are popular in a development environment, but are difficult to use and incur too much overhead to be used in production. To manage the performance of a mission-critical PHP application, organizations need a solution that is scalable and lightweight without sacrificing visibility.

AppDynamics for PHP is an easy-to-use PHP performance monitoring solution that's designed for production environments. With AppDynamics you can easily monitor, troubleshoot and diagnose bottlenecks in your production PHP application without having to worry about impacting performance.

Key Benefits

  • Get 100% visibility into PHP performance

  • Drill down to code-level detail

  • Reduce Mean-Time-to-Resolution


Easy to install and use

AppDynamics' intuitive user interface makes it easy to identify bottlenecks and troubleshoot root cause. AppDynamics automatically detects and maps your application architecture, including remote web service calls and database calls. Furthermore, common issues like PHP errors and slow or stalled transactions are grouped in the Scorecard, giving you a high-level overview of how your application is performing.

Complete call stack traces

No other monitoring tools offer call stacks as deep and complete as AppDynamics'. With  AppDynamics Deep Dive Diagnostics you can quickly identify the root cause of PHP crashes, Drupal errors and more.

No more alert storms

With AppDynamics' self-learning baselines you never have to receive an unnecessary alert again. Set up alerts based on business transaction, application and infrastructure-level metrics so you only receive alerts when your end users are affected.

Key Features of PHP Monitoring

  • Business Transactions: Automatic detection, response time, calls per minute, slow, very slow, stalls

  • Code-level Diagnostics: Diagnostic sessions showing complete code execution, policy-based collection available

  • SQL Statement Visibility: PDO statements & prep statements, remove sensitive data

  • Errors: Transaction errors, backend errors

  • Real User Monitoring: Browser diagnostics correlated with code-level diagnostics

  • Change Detection: Record application change events

  • Application Flow Map: Visualize all dependencies of your application

  • Real-Time Analytics: Automatic baselining and scoring of application and transaction performance

Supported Environments for PHP Monitoring

PHP Versions

  • 5.3, 5.4

Web Servers

  • Apache 2.2 in prefork mode

  • Apache 2.2 in worker MPM running FastCGI using php-fpm

  • nginx 1.2.x running FastCGI using php-fpm

Operating Systems

  • RHEL/CentOS 5.8+

  • Ubuntu/Debian 12+


  • x86_64bit


  • Drupal 7 using Drupal entry point type

  • WordPress 3.4 & 3.5 using Wordpress entry point type

  • Zend 1 & 2 using PHP MVC entry point type

  • Symfony 1 & 2 using PHP MVC entry point type

  • Magento 1.5, 1.6 & 1.7 using PHP MVC entry point type

  • HTTP using PHP Web entry point type

Transaction Naming

  • Drupal: page callback name

  • Wordpress: template name

  • PHP MVC: module:controller:action

  • PHP Web: URL

HTTP Exit Points

  • fopen

  • curl/curl-multi

  • drupal_http_request()

  • Zend_HTTP_Client::request()

DB Exit Points

  • PDO

  • mysql old native driver

  • mysqli

Cache Exit Points

  • memcached

Opcode Cache Compatibiity

  • Alternative PHP Cache (APC)

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