Run php script as daemon process


I need to run a php script as daemon process (wait for instructions and do stuff). cron job will not do it for me because actions need to be taken as soon as instruction arrives. I know PHP is not really the best option for daemon processes due to memory management issues, but due to various reasons I have to use PHP in this case. I came across a tool by libslack called Daemon ( it seems to help me manage daemon processes, but there hasn't been any updates in the last 5 years, so I wonder if you know some other alternatives suitable for my case. Any information will be really appreciated.

1/15/2010 7:24:49 AM

Accepted Answer

You could start your php script from the command line (i.e. bash) by using

nohup php myscript.php &

the & puts your process in the background.

Yes, there are some drawbacks, but not possible to control? That's just wrong.
A simple kill processid will stop it. And it's still the best and simplest solution.

1/19/2010 6:46:18 AM

Another option is to use Upstart. It was originally developed for Ubuntu (and comes packaged with it by default), but is intended to be suitable for all Linux distros.

This approach is similar to Supervisord and daemontools, in that it automatically starts the daemon on system boot and respawns on script completion.

How to set it up:

Create a new script file at /etc/init/myphpworker.conf. Here is an example:

# Info
description "My PHP Worker"
author      "Jonathan"

# Events
start on startup
stop on shutdown

# Automatically respawn
respawn limit 20 5

# Run the script!
# Note, in this example, if your PHP script returns
# the string "ERROR", the daemon will stop itself.
    [ $(exec /usr/bin/php -f /path/to/your/script.php) = 'ERROR' ] && ( stop; exit 1; )
end script

Starting & stopping your daemon:

sudo service myphpworker start
sudo service myphpworker stop

Check if your daemon is running:

sudo service myphpworker status


A big thanks to Kevin van Zonneveld, where I learned this technique from.

Licensed under: CC-BY-SA with attribution
Not affiliated with: Stack Overflow