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php – Serialize or Implode

Posted by: admin July 12, 2020 Leave a comment


I need to store lots of two-dimensional arrays inside database and was not sure what to use: serialize or implode. So I did a few tests, to find out which one is working faster and came to the conclusion it was serialize:

Execution times: 1'000'000
Serialize: 1.4974119663239 seconds
Implode: 2.5333571434021 seconds
Explode: 4.0185871124268 seconds
Unserialize: 1.6835169792175 seconds 

So the question: Why is implode+explode so much slower then serialize+unserialize?

PS: I found this question already, but it is not exactly what I am asking.

How to&Answers:

My idea is that explode/implode operate on strings that’s why, while serialize/unserialize output/input a string at the very ending/beginning. Probably the more strings you implode and the longer string you explode, the slower it is, have you tried?

Which to use I don’t know, it depends if you later wish to handle output string, I think serialized string is more difficult to parse. But to store it in database or file I’d use serialize.