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Getting started — Long running

Spiral designed to facilitate the development of long-running applications while ensuring efficient memory management and the prevention of memory leaks. This is achieved through the utilization of advanced memory management techniques. Additionally, it is paired with RoadRunner, further enhancing the overall performance and scalability of the application.

RoadRunner is a high-performance PHP application server and process manager that enables long-running capabilities for PHP applications. It provides efficient resource management, such as CPU and memory usage, which helps to keep the application running smoothly and efficiently over an extended period of time.

It designed to handle a wide range of request types, including HTTP, gRPC, TCP, Queue Job consuming, and Temporal. It operates by running workers only once when it is initiated and then directing requests to a dispatcher based on their type. This means that each worker is isolated and works independently, following a "share nothing" approach where resources are not shared between workers.

Using RoadRunner can significantly improve the speed and efficiency by eliminating the need for the application to go through the bootstrapping process repeatedly. This can save on CPU and memory resources and reduce response time.

See more
Read more about Framework and application server symbiosis in the Framework — Application Lifecycle section.


Using RoadRunner is relatively simple. Once you have downloaded the binary file, you can use it to run your PHP application.

There are several ways to download it:

The best way is to use composer package spiral/roadrunner-cli. It will help you to download the server automatically.

Just install the package in your project and run the following command:

composer require spiral/roadrunner-cli

And run the following command to download the latest version of the RoadRunner:

./vendor/bin/rr get

PHP's extensions php-curl and php-zip are required to download RoadRunner automatically.


You can configure the number of workers, memory limits, and other plugins using .rr.yaml file:

  listen: tcp://

  command: "php app.php"
  relay: pipes

# HTTP plugin settings
  middleware: [ "gzip", "static" ]
    dir: "public"
    forbid: [ ".php", ".htaccess" ]
    num_workers: 2
      max_worker_memory: 100

To set the number of workers for HTTP:

    num_workers: 4

See more
Read more about application server configuration in the official documentation.

Running the Server

Use the following command to start application server on Linux

./rr serve

Make sure that rr binary is executable.

See more
Read more about Server Commands in the RoadRunner documentation.

RoadRunner bridge

The spiral/roadrunner-bridge package provides full integration between Spiral and RoadRunner. This package allows developers to use RoadRunner's various plugins, including http, grpc, jobs, tcp, kv, locks, centrifugo, app-logger, and metrics.

The component is available by default in the application bundle.


To install the package, run the following command:

composer require spiral/roadrunner-bridge

Once installed, you need to add the package's bootloaders to your application in the Kernel, choosing the specific bootloaders that correspond to the plugins you want to use:

use Spiral\RoadRunnerBridge\Bootloader as RoadRunnerBridge;

public function defineBootloaders(): array
    return [
        RoadRunnerBridge\HttpBootloader::class, // Optional, if it needs to work with http plugin
        RoadRunnerBridge\QueueBootloader::class, // Optional, if it needs to work with jobs plugin
        RoadRunnerBridge\CacheBootloader::class, // Optional, if it needs to work with KV plugin
        RoadRunnerBridge\GRPCBootloader::class, // Optional, if it needs to work with GRPC plugin
        RoadRunnerBridge\TcpBootloader::class, // Optional, if it needs to work with TCP plugin
        RoadRunnerBridge\MetricsBootloader::class, // Optional, if it needs to work with metrics plugin
        RoadRunnerBridge\LoggerBootloader::class, // Optional, if it needs to work with app-logger plugin
        // ...

Read more about bootloaders in the Framework — Bootloaders section.

Beware of the Underwater Rocks

There are a few limitations to be aware of when using long-running applications.

Application State

When running your application using RoadRunner server, any changes in files will not affect your application because after start it is loaded into memory. To see changes, you need to restart the server. This could lead to some inconvenience.

To force worker reload after every request (full debug mode) and limit processing to a single worker, add a debug option. This can be useful for debugging and development purposes.

    debug: true

It's important to note that this feature can affect the performance of the application server, so it's best to use it in development mode only.

Memory Leaks

As the application stays in memory for a long time, even a small memory leak could lead to the process restart. RoadRunner monitors memory consumption and performs a soft reset, but it's best to avoid memory leaks in your application source code.

Framework includes a set of instruments to simplify the development process and avoid memory/state leaks such as IoC Scopes, Cycle ORM, Immutable Configs, Domain Cores, Routes, and Middleware.

What's Next?

Now, dive deeper into the fundamentals by reading some articles: