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Phoronix Test Suite
Developer(s)Michael Larabel, Matthew Tippett
Initial releaseApril 2008
Stable release
10.8.4[1] / July 3, 2022; 22 months ago (2022-07-03)
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. The Phoronix Test Suite, developed by Michael Larabel and Matthew Tippett, has been endorsed by sites such as,[2] LinuxPlanet,[3] and Softpedia.[4]


Phoronix Test Suite supports over 220 test profiles and over 60 test suites. It uses an XML-based testing architecture. Tests available to use include MEncoder, FFmpeg and lm sensors, along with OpenGL games such as Doom 3, Nexuiz, and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, and many more.[5] The suite also contains a feature called PTS Global where users may upload their test results and system information for sharing. By executing a single command, other users can compare their test results to a selected system in an easy-comparison mode.[6] Before 2014, these benchmark results could be uploaded to the Phoronix Global online database, but since 2013, these benchmark results can be uploaded to[7] Phoronix supports automated Git bisecting on a performance basis to find performance regressions and features statistical significance verification.



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

Phoromatic Tracker

Phoromatic Tracker is an extension of Phoromatic that provides a public interface into test farms.[8] Currently, their reference implementations autonomously monitor the performance of the Linux kernel on a daily basis,[9] Fedora Rawhide,[10] and Ubuntu.[11]

PTS Desktop Live

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.[12]


Phodevi (Phoronix Device Interface) is a library that provides a clean, stable, platform-independent API for accessing software and hardware information.[13]


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

Phoronix website

Phoronix logo and screenshot
Type of site
Available inEnglish
Created byMichael Larabel
RegistrationRequired (for the forums)
LaunchedJune 5, 2004; 19 years ago (2004-06-05)
Current statusActive

Phoronix is a technology website that offers information on 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 June 5, 2004,[14] Phoronix started as a website with a handful of hardware reviews and guides,[15][16] moving to articles covering operating systems based on Linux and open-source software such as Ubuntu, Fedora, SUSE,[17] and Mozilla (Firefox/Thunderbird) around the start of 2005.[18] Phoronix focuses on benchmarking hardware running Linux, with a slant toward 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 to accompany news content.[19] On April 20, 2007, Phoronix redesigned its website and began publishing Solaris hardware reviews and news in addition to Linux content.[20][21]

Other technical publications, such as CNET News, have cited Phoronix benchmarks.[22][23]

Open Benchmarking 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.[24]

It is primarily used for performance benchmarking and testing hardware/software performance, typically in the context of Linux-based systems (unlike SoapUI, which is used for testing web services).[25]

Release history

On June 5, 2008, Phoronix Test Suite 1.0 was released under the codename Trondheim.[26] This 1.0 release was made up of 57 test profiles and 23 test suites.[27]

On September 3, 2008, Phoronix Test Suite 1.2 was released with support for the OpenSolaris operating system,[28] a module framework accompanied by tests focusing upon new areas,[29] and 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


  1. ^ "Release History", Phoronix Test Suite, retrieved July 24, 2022
  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. 6 June 2008.
  5. ^ " - Cross-Platform, Open-Source Automated Benchmarking Platform". Retrieved 2020-09-14.
  6. ^ "Phoronix Test Suite". Retrieved 2020-09-14.
  7. ^ "Phoronix Global Is Still Planned To Be Decommissioned". Retrieved 2023-10-10.
  8. ^ Phoromatic Tracker Launches To Monitor Linux Performance, Phoronix
  9. ^ "Kernel Performance Tracker", Phoromatic[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Fedora Rawhide Performance Tracker", Phoromatic, archived from the original on 2012-07-11
  11. ^ "Ubuntu Performance Tracker", Phoromatic, archived from the original on 2010-04-15, retrieved 2010-05-04
  12. ^ Announcing PTS Desktop Live 2009.3 "Gernlinden", Phoronix
  13. ^ "A Detailed Guide To Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 (Sandtorg)". Retrieved 2023-10-10.
  14. ^ "Happy 5th Birthday, Phoronix!". Phoronix. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
  15. ^ "Intel Celeron D". Phoronix. 13 November 2004. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
  16. ^ "Camo Painting Case Guide". Phoronix. 13 July 2004. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
  17. ^ "Operating Systems Archives". Phoronix. 25 March 2005. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
  18. ^ "Software Archives". Phoronix. 21 February 2005. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
  19. ^ "Forums Launch". Phoronix. 15 June 2006. Retrieved 2010-03-05.
  20. ^ "Welcome To The New Phoronix". Phoronix. 20 April 2007. Retrieved 5 March 2010.
  21. ^ "Phoronix To Support Solaris OS". Phoronix. 20 April 2007. Retrieved 5 March 2010.
  22. ^ Shankland, Stephen. "New Linux look fuels old debate". Retrieved 5 March 2010.
  23. ^ Shankland, Stephen. "Intel aims for open-source graphics advantage". Retrieved 5 March 2010.
  24. ^ "Features". Retrieved 2019-08-06.
  25. ^ "SoapUI Tutorial | PFLB". 2020-11-09. Retrieved 2023-08-09.
  26. ^ "Demystifying Codenames: Trondheim", Phoronix Test Suite, Phoronix
  27. ^ News (press release), Yahoo![dead link]
  28. ^ "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
  29. ^ "Phoronix Test Suite brings Linux benchmarking to the desktop",
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