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Wilfred Hughes edited this page Sep 24, 2020 · 21 revisions

HHVM is an open-source virtual machine designed for executing programs written in [Hack]( HHVM uses a just-in-time compilation approach to achieve superior performance while maintaining the flexibility and ease of use that PHP developers are accustomed to (dynamic features like eval(), rapid run-edit-debug cycle, etc). HHVM is used by Facebook to serve billions of web requests per day.

For general discussion and the latest news about HHVM, check out and our Facebook page.

If you would like to report a bug or are having difficulty using HHVM, find us in the #hhvm chat room on freenode or open a github issue. We are also happy to review and take code contributions.


One of the explicit design goals of HHVM was the ability to continue writing complex logic directly within PHP. Companies with large PHP codebases will generally rewrite their complex functionality directly as PHP extensions in either C or C++. Doing so ends up reducing the number of people who are able to work on the company's entire codebase. By keeping this logic in PHP, Facebook is able to move fast and maintain a high number of engineers who are able to work across the entire codebase.

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