Getting started with HHVM
Facebook deploys one of the biggest PHP codebases in the world. They’re not only pushing the boundaries of what you can do with PHP, but also PHP itself. A few years ago they open-sourced their hiphop compiler and nowadays facebook.com runs on their latest generation of the HipHop Virtual Machine (hhvm).
HipHop is Facebook's complete toolchain for the PHP language: interpreter, JIT compiler and debugger.
Facebook.com was motivated to create HipHop to save recources on their servers. They claim to be 40% faster than their previous version that was in fact a PHP to C++ compiler which was already faster than plain PHP 1.
In this blog series we’ll get you started with hhvm. We’ll get the symfony standard edition running and show the ins and outs of debugging your code with hhvm (which is awesome!). Today, we’ll start of by setting up hhvm in your own vagrant box.
Create the Vagrant box
The first thing you have to do is install Vagrant (if you haven’t already). You can follow the instructions on the official site. With Vagrant installed we can get started. First create a directory called
hhvm for this project and initialize Vagrant.
mkdir hhvm cd hhvm vagrant init precise64 http://files.vagrantup.com/precise64.box
precise64 is an out-of-the-box Ubuntu 12.04 VirtualBox image. A file named
Vagrantfile is created in the hhvm directory. Open this file in your favorite editor to change and add the following before the ‘end’ keyword to give the VM some more RAM:
config.vm.provider "virtualbox" do |v| v.customize ["modifyvm", :id, "--memory", 4096] end
Or if you use an old version of Vagrant (< 1.1)
config.vm.customize ["modifyvm", :id, "--memory", 4096]
Boot your newly configured VM with
$ vagrant up
This will take a few minutes because Vagrant downloads and creates the virtual machine the first time it is boot. When the virtual machine is booted, you can access it using ssh. This can be done using vagrant with the command
Once you logged in to your VM we can start building HHVM. On the wiki pages of the HHVM github repository you can find the necessary steps. For your convenience I copied them to this blog post.
Using sudo or as root user: (you may have to run
sudo apt-get updatefirst)
sudo apt-get install git-core cmake g++ libboost1.48-dev \ libmysqlclient-dev libxml2-dev libmcrypt-dev libicu-dev \ openssl build-essential binutils-dev libcap-dev \ libgd2-xpm-dev zlib1g-dev libtbb-dev libonig-dev \ libpcre3-dev autoconf libtool libcurl4-openssl-dev \ libboost-regex1.48-dev libboost-system1.48-dev \ libboost-program-options1.48-dev \ libboost-filesystem1.48-dev wget memcached \ libreadline-dev libncurses-dev libmemcached-dev \ libbz2-dev libc-client2007e-dev php5-mcrypt \ php5-imagick libgoogle-perftools-dev \ libcloog-ppl0 libelf-dev libdwarf-dev subversion
Getting HipHop source-code
mkdir dev cd dev git clone git://github.com/facebook/hiphop-php.git cd hiphop-php export CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH=`pwd`/.. export HPHP_HOME=`pwd` cd ..
Building third-party libraries
git clone git://github.com/libevent/libevent.git cd libevent git checkout release-1.4.14b-stable cat ../hiphop-php/hphp/third_party/libevent-1.4.14.fb-changes.diff | patch -p1 ./autogen.sh ./configure --prefix=$CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH make make install cd ..
Make sure that your system time is correct, otherwise ./configure will fail.
git clone git://github.com/bagder/curl.git cd curl ./buildconf ./configure --prefix=$CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH make make install cd ..
Note: If you're building a version of cURL older than 7.28.0 (for whatever reason), you'll need to apply the patch in src/third_party to update it prior to the make step.
cat ../hiphop-php/hphp/third_party/libcurl-7.22.1.fb-changes.diff | patch -p1
svn checkout http://google-glog.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/ google-glog cd google-glog ./configure --prefix=$CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH make make install cd ..
wget http://www.canonware.com/download/jemalloc/jemalloc-3.0.0.tar.bz2 tar xjvf jemalloc-3.0.0.tar.bz2 cd jemalloc-3.0.0 ./configure --prefix=$CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH make make install cd ..
cd hiphop-php export HPHP_HOME=`pwd` cmake . make
When you are done compiling - on my system it took over half an hour - you can find hhvm in
~dev/hiphop-php/hphp/hhvm. HHVM is statically linked, so if you like, you can copy it to the
/usr/local/bin directory, so you can run it directly without adding the complete path.
sudo cp ~/dev/hiphop-php/hphp/hhvm/hhvm /usr/local/bin
Now the most important part of this blog… writing a hello-world-script and running it with
Create the file hello.php:
<?php echo "Hello world!";
And run it with the command
Congratulations! You now have a working HHVM install and you can try to run all your scripts with it. In the next blog post of this series we’ll get webserver together with the Symfony standard edition running with
hhvm. In the mean time, enjoy playing!
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