Phoronix Test Suite

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Phoronix Test Suite
Phoronix test Suite-2.0.0.png
Phoronix Test Suite 2.0.0 running on Linux
Developer(s)Michael Larabel, Matthew Tippett
Initial releaseApril 2008
Stable release
10.2.2[1] / February 17, 2021; 9 months ago (2021-02-17)
Preview release
10.2.0 M3[1] / November 21, 2020; 12 months ago (2020-11-21)
RepositoryPhoronix-test-suite on GitHub
Written inPHP
Operating systemLinux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, OpenSolaris, Mac OS X, Windows
Size703 kB (base program)
Available inEnglish
LicenseGNU General Public License v3

Phoronix Test Suite (PTS) is a free and open-source benchmark software for Linux and other operating systems which is developed by Michael Larabel and Matthew Tippett. The Phoronix Test Suite has been endorsed by sites such as,[2] LinuxPlanet,[3] and Softpedia.[4]


  • 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;[5]
  • 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;[6]
  • 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 a 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.[7] Currently their reference implementations autonomously monitor the performance of the Linux kernel on a daily basis,[8] Fedora Rawhide[9] and Ubuntu.[10]

PTS Desktop Live[edit]

PTS Desktop Live was a stripped down x86-64 Linux distribution, which included Phoronix Test Suite 2.4. It was designed for testing/benchmarking computers from a LiveDVD / LiveUSB environment.[11]


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.

Phoronix website[edit]

Phoronix logo and screenshot
Type of site
Available inEnglish
Created byMichael Larabel
RegistrationRequired (for the forums)
LaunchedJune 5, 2004; 17 years ago (2004-06-05)
Current statusActive

Phoronix is a technology website that offers insights regarding the development of the Linux kernel, product reviews, interviews, and news regarding free and open-source software by monitoring the Linux kernel mailing list or interviews.

Phoronix was started in June 2004 by Michael Larabel, who currently serves as the owner and editor-in-chief.


Founded on 5 June 2004,[12] Phoronix started as a website with a handful of hardware reviews and guides,[13][14] moving to articles covering operating systems based on Linux and open source software around the start of 2005, such as Ubuntu, Fedora, SUSE[15] and Mozilla (Firefox/Thunderbird).[16] Phoronix heavily focuses on benchmarking hardware running Linux, with a heavy slant towards graphics articles that monitor and compare free and open-source graphics device drivers and Mesa 3D with AMD's and Nvidia's proprietary graphics device drivers. In June 2006 the website added forums in addition to news content.[17] On 20 April 2007, Phoronix redesigned its website,[18] and began Solaris hardware reviews and news in addition to Linux content.[19]

Phoronix benchmarks have been cited by a number of other technical publications such as CNET News[20][21]

OpenBenchmarking[edit] is a web-based service created to work with the Phoronix Test Suite. It is a collaborative platform that allows users to share their hardware and software benchmarks through an organized online interface.[22]

Release history[edit]

On 5 June 2008, Phoronix Test Suite 1.0 was released under the codename Trondheim.[23] This 1.0 release was made up of 57 test profiles and 23 test suites.[24]

On 3 September 2008, Phoronix Test Suite 1.2 was released with support for the OpenSolaris operating system[25] and a module framework accompanied by tests focusing upon new areas[26] 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Release History", Phoronix Test Suite, retrieved February 18, 2021
  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. ^ " - Cross-Platform, Open-Source Automated Benchmarking Platform". Retrieved 2020-09-14.
  6. ^ "Phoronix Test Suite". Retrieved 2020-09-14.
  7. ^ Phoromatic Tracker Launches To Monitor Linux Performance, Phoronix
  8. ^ "Kernel Performance Tracker", Phoromatic[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Fedora Rawhide Performance Tracker", Phoromatic, archived from the original on 2012-07-11
  10. ^ "Ubuntu Performance Tracker", Phoromatic, archived from the original on 2010-04-15, retrieved 2010-05-04
  11. ^ Announcing PTS Desktop Live 2009.3 "Gernlinden", Phoronix
  12. ^ "Happy 5th Birthday, Phoronix!". Phoronix. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
  13. ^ "Intel Celeron D". Phoronix. 13 November 2004. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
  14. ^ "Camo Painting Case Guide". Phoronix. 13 July 2004. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
  15. ^ "Operating Systems Archives". Phoronix. 25 March 2005. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
  16. ^ "Software Archives". Phoronix. 21 February 2005. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
  17. ^ "Forums Launch". Phoronix. 15 June 2006. Retrieved 2010-03-05.
  18. ^ "Welcome To The New Phoronix". Phoronix. 20 April 2007. Retrieved 5 March 2010.
  19. ^ "Phoronix To Support Solaris OS". Phoronix. 20 April 2007. Retrieved 5 March 2010.
  20. ^ Shankland, Stephen. "New Linux look fuels old debate". Retrieved 5 March 2010.
  21. ^ Shankland, Stephen. "Intel aims for open-source graphics advantage". Retrieved 5 March 2010.
  22. ^ "Features". Retrieved 2019-08-06.
  23. ^ "Demystifying Codenames: Trondheim", Phoronix Test Suite, Phoronix
  24. ^ News (press release), Yahoo![dead link]
  25. ^ "Phoronix Test Suite 1.2 To Support OpenSolaris", trondheim-pts (mailing list), Jul 2008, archived from the original on 2011-07-15, retrieved 2008-07-14
  26. ^ "Phoronix Test Suite brings Linux benchmarking to the desktop",

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