How to install the APC PHP Cache on Debian (Lenny)

February 12, 2010 · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Featured, PHP, Zend 
The APC cache can significantly improve your PHP script performance, just by installing it, which basically takes 5 minutes! (Plus, it’s actually supported by the core PHP developers and will probably be integrated into PHP6…) Here’s what I did on my Debian Lenny box… First you may want to have a reference benchmark to see if it actually improves: Code:

ab -c5 -n100 http://www.yoursite.com/yourscript.php

Now install the APC package: Code:

aptitude install php-apc

Now, restart apache: Code:

/etc/init.d/apache2 restart
Now, you can run your benchmark again and see the difference! Tada! :)
Follow up: APC comes with a control panel script, that allows you to check cache usage. Here’s how to make it available on your web root (for example):Code:
gunzip /usr/share/doc/php-apc/apc.php.gz
ln -s /usr/share/doc/php-apc/apc.php /var/www/apc.php

Note that you should also have the php-gd package installed in order to get nice charts! 😉