This extension is
EXPERIMENTAL. The behaviour of this extension—including
the names of its functions and any other documentation surrounding this
extension—may change without notice in a future release of PHP.
This extension should be used at your own risk.
Bcompiler was written for several reasons:
- To encode entire script in a proprietary PHP application
- To encode some classes and/or functions in a proprietary PHP application
To enable the production of php-gtk applications that could be used on
client desktops, without the need for a php.exe.
- To do the feasibility study for a PHP to C converter
The first of these goals is achieved using the
functions. The bytecode files can
be written as either uncompressed or plain.
To use the generated bytecode, you can simply include it
with include or require statements.
The second of these goals is achieved using the
and bcompiler_load() functions. The bytecode files can
be written as either uncompressed or plain. The
bcompiler_load() reads a bzip compressed bytecode file,
which tends to be 1/3 of the size of the original file.
To create EXE type files, bcompiler has to be used with a modified sapi
file or a version of PHP which has been compiled as a shared library. In
this scenario, bcompiler reads the compressed bytecode from the end of the
bcompiler can improve performance by about 30% when used with uncompressed
bytecodes only. But keep in mind that uncompressed bytecode can be up
to 5 times larger than the original source code. Using bytecode
compression can save your space, but decompression requires much more
time than parsing a source. bcompiler also does not do any bytecode
optimization, this could be added in the future...
In terms of code protection, it is safe to say that it would be impossible
to recreate the exact source code that it was built from, and without the
accompanying source code comments. It would effectively be useless to use
the bcompiler bytecodes to recreate and modify a class. However it is
possible to retrieve data from a bcompiled bytecode file - so don't put
your private passwords or anything in it.