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HipHop for PHP

HipHop is a source code transformer which transforms PHP source code into highly optimized C++ and then compiles it using g++. Currently supported platforms are Linux and FreeBSD. There is no OS X support.

Required Packages

The latest information is available on the wiki

  • cmake 2.6 is the minimum version
  • g++/gcc 4.3 is the minimum version
  • Boost 1.37 is the minimum version
  • flex
  • bison
  • re2c
  • libmysql
  • libxml2
  • libmcrypt
  • libicu 4.2 is the minimum version
  • openssl
  • binutils
  • libcap
  • gd
  • zlib
  • tbb Intel's Thread Building Blocks
  • Oniguruma
  • libpcre
  • libexpat
  • libmemcached

The following packages have had slight modifications added to them. Patches are provided and should be made against the current source copies.

  • libcurl
  • src/third_party/libcurl.fb-changes.diff
  • libevent 1.4
  • src/third_party/libevent-1.4.13.fb-changes.diff OR src/third_party/libevent-1.4.14.fb-changes.diff


You may need to point CMake to the location of your custom libcurl and libevent, or to any other libraries which needed to be installed. The CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH variable is used to hint to the location.

export CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH=/home/user

To build HipHop, use the following:


cd /home/user/dev
git clone git://
cd hiphop-php
git submodule init
git submodule update
export HPHP_HOME=`pwd`
export HPHP_LIB=`pwd`/bin
cmake .

If you are using FreeBSD instead use export - setenv

Once this is done you can generate the build file. This will return you to the shell. Finally, to build, run make. If any errors occur, it may be required to remove the CMakeCache.txt directory in the checkout.


Contributing to HipHop

HipHop is licensed under the PHP and Zend licenses expect as otherwise noted.

Before changes can be accepted a Contributors Licensing Agreement must be signed and returned.

Running HipHop

Please see the wiki page

Debian Build

sudo apt-get install debootstrap

mkdir ~/debian_squeeze/

sudo debootstrap squeeze squeeze

sudo mount --bind /proc/ proc/

sudo mount --bind /dev dev

sudo mount --bind /dev/pts dev/pts

sudo chroot .

------ inside of debian

apt-get update

apt-get install gcc

apt-get install build-essential git

git clone git://

mv hiphop-php hiphop-php-0.1

apt-get install debhelper cmake libtbb-dev libmcrypt-dev re2c binutils-dev libonig-dev libmysqlclient15-dev libgd2-xpm-dev libmemcached-dev libboost-all-dev libpcre3-dev libevent-dev libboost-all-dev libxml2-dev libbz2-dev libncurses-dev libreadline-dev libc-client2007e-dev libcap-dev autoconf automake autotools-dev bison curl flex libapache2-mod-php5 libapr1 libaprutil1 libaprutil1-dbd-sqlite3 libaprutil1-ldap libcurl4-openssl-dev libltdl-dev libltdl7 libmhash2 libqdbm14 libssh2-1-dev libtool m4 mcrypt php5-cli php5-common php5-dev php5-suhosin shtool ssl-cert emacs23-nox

#build the deb dpkg-buildpackage -uc -us -nc