Phoronix Test Suite

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Phoronix Test Suite
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Phoronix Test Suite 2.0.0 running on GNU/Linux
Original author(s) Phoronix Media
Developer(s) Michael Larabel, Matthew Tippett
Initial release April 2008
Stable release
7.4.0[1] / September 19, 2017; 4 days ago (2017-09-19)
Written in PHP
Operating system Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, OpenSolaris, Mac OS X, Windows
Size 703 kB (base program)
Available in English
Type Benchmark
License GNU General Public License v3

Phoronix Test Suite (PTS) is a free, open-source benchmark software for Linux and other operating systems which is developed by Phoronix Media with cooperation from an undisclosed number of hardware and software vendors. The Phoronix Test Suite has been endorsed by sites such as,[2] LinuxPlanet[3] and has been called "the best benchmarking platform" by Softpedia.[4] The Phoronix Test Suite is also used by Tom's Hardware,[5] ASELabs[6] and other review sites.


  • Supports over 220 test profiles and over 60 test suites;
  • Uses an XML-based testing architecture. Tests include MEncoder, FFmpeg and lm sensors along with OpenGL games such as Doom 3, Nexuiz, and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, and many others;[7]
  • Contains a feature called PTS Global where users are able to upload their test results and system information for sharing. Then through executing a single command, other users can compare their test results to a selected system in an easy-comparison mode;[8]
  • Allow report benchmark results to the Phoronix Global online database;
  • Allow compare results side-by-side;
  • Is extensible and new tests can be added easily;
  • Can do anonymous usage reporting;
  • Can do automated Git bisecting on a performance basis to find performance regressions. It features statistical significance verification.


Phoromatic is an web-based remote test management system for the Phoronix Test Suite. It does automatic scheduling of tests. It is aimed at the enterprise. It can manage multiple test nodes simultaneously within a test farm or distributed environment.

Phoromatic Tracker[edit]

Phoromatic Tracker is an extension of Phoromatic that provides a public interface into test farms.[9] Currently their reference implementations autonomously monitor the performance of the Linux kernel on a daily basis,[10] Fedora Rawhide[11] and Ubuntu.[12]

PTS Desktop Live[edit]

PTS Desktop Live
Developer Phoronix Media
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Initial release August 4, 2009
Latest release 2010.1 "Anzhofen" / February, 2010
Platforms x86-64
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux)
Userland GNU
Default user interface GNOME
Official website

PTS Desktop Live is a stripped down x86-64 Linux distribution, which includes Phoronix Test Suite 2.4. It is designed for testing/benchmarking computers from a LiveDVD / LiveUSB environment.[13]


Original author(s) Phoronix Media
Written in PHP
Type Library
License GNU General Public License v3
Website Phorogit

Phodevi (Phoronix Device Interface) is a library that provides a clean, stable, platform-independent API for accessing software and hardware information.


Phoronix Certification & Qualification Suite (PCQS) is a reference specification for the Phoronix Test Suite.

Release history[edit]

Version Codename Date
1.0 Trondheim June 5, 2008
1.2 Malvik September 3, 2008
1.4 Orkdal November 3, 2008
1.6 Tydal January 20, 2009
1.8 Selbu April 6, 2009
2.0 Sandtorg August 4, 2009
2.2 Bardu November 16, 2009
2.4 Lenvik February 2, 2010
2.6 Lyngen May 24, 2010
2.8 Torsken August 31, 2010
3.0 Iveland February 26, 2011
3.2 Grimstad June 15, 2011
3.4 Lillesand September 8, 2011
3.6 Arendal December 13, 2011
3.8 Bygland March 19, 2012
4.0 Suldal 23 July 2012
4.2 Randaberg 20 December 2012
4.4 Forsand 20 February 2013
4.6 Utsira 21 May 2013
4.8 Sokndal 13 August 2013
5.0 Plavsk 12 March 2014
5.2 Khanino 5 June 2014
5.4 Lipki 9 December 2014
5.6 Dedilovo 24 March 2015
6.0 Hammerfest 6 November 2015
6.2 Gamvik 16 February 2016
6.4 Hasvik 2 June 2016
7.0 Ringsaker 7 March 2017

On 2008-06-05 Phoronix Test Suite 1.0 was released under the codename Trondheim.[14] This 1.0 release was made up of 57 test profiles and 23 test suites.[15]

On 2008-09-03, Phoronix Test Suite 1.2 was released with support for the OpenSolaris operating system[16] and a module framework accompanied by tests focusing upon new areas[17] and many new test profiles.

Phoronix Test Suite 1.8 includes a graphical user interface (GUI) using GTK+ written using the PHP-GTK bindings.

3.4 includes MATISK benchmarking module and initial support for the GNU Hurd.


Phoronix uses Phoronix Test Suite to compare performance of different operating systems - Linux distributions, OpenSolaris and FreeBSD. Critics of Phoronix Test Suite argue that some of the third party tests are unfair towards some platforms.

The compiler used in building the source based tests have a large impact on the results. Depending on the reader's point of view this is seen as a detriment to the value of the results. However other readers may see that as a realistic expectation of performance for that particular system with that operating system. PTS 3.8 reports compiler options and compiler differences between test runs.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Release History", Phoronix Test Suite .
  2. ^ "Phoronix Test Suite brings Linux benchmarking to the desktop", .
  3. ^ "Benchmarking Linux With the Phoronix Test Suite — Worth Taking a Look", LinuxPlanet (reports) .
  4. ^ The Best Benchmarking Platform: Phoronix Test Suite – Linux-based testing platform for software and hardware validation!, Softpedia .
  5. ^ AMD, Intel CPU Charts, tetberichte (in German), Tom’s hardware .
  6. ^ ASE labs .
  7. ^ "Suites", Phoronix Test Suite .
  8. ^ "Global Database", Phoronix Test Suite .
  9. ^ Phoromatic Tracker Launches To Monitor Linux Performance, Phoronix .
  10. ^ "Kernel Performance Tracker", Phoromatic .
  11. ^ "Fedora Rawhide Performance Tracker", Phoromatic .
  12. ^ "Ubuntu Performance Tracker", Phoromatic .
  13. ^ Announcing PTS Desktop Live 2009.3 "Gernlinden", Phoronix .
  14. ^ "Demystifying Codenames: Trondheim", Phoronix Test Suite, Phoronix .
  15. ^ News (press release), Yahoo! [dead link]
  16. ^ "Phoronix Test Suite 1.2 To Support OpenSolaris", trondheim-pts (mailing list), Jul 2008 .
  17. ^ "Phoronix Test Suite brings Linux benchmarking to the desktop", .

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