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Ignite Quick Start Guide for PHP

This chapter explains system requirements for running Ignite and how to install Ignite, start a cluster, and run a simple Hello World example using a thin client for PHP.

Thin Client is a lightweight Ignite connection mode. It does not participate in cluster, never holds any data, or performs computations. All it does is establish a socket connection to an individual Ignite node and perform all operations through that node.


Ignite was tested on:


Oracle JDK 8, 11 or 17 Open JDK 8, 11 or 17, IBM JDK 8, 11 or 17


Linux (any flavor), Mac OSX (10.6 and up), Windows (XP and up), Windows Server (2008 and up), Oracle Solaris


x86, x64, SPARC, PowerPC


No restrictions (10G recommended)



Version 7.2 or higher and Composer Dependency Manager. PHP Multibyte String extension. Depending on your PHP configuration, you may need to additionally install/configure it.

Installing Ignite

To get started with the Apache Ignite binary distribution:

  1. Download the Ignite binary as a zip archive.

  2. Unzip the zip archive into the installation folder in your system.

  3. (Optional) Enable required modules.

  4. (Optional) Set the IGNITE_HOME environment variable or Windows PATH to point to the installation folder and make sure there is no trailing / (or \ for Windows) in the path.

Once that’s done, install PHP Thin Client as a Composer package using the command below:

composer require apache/apache-ignite-client

To use the client in your application, include the vendor/autoload.php file, generated by Composer, to your source code, eg.

require_once __DIR__ . '/vendor/autoload.php';

You’re almost ready to run your first application.

Starting a Node

Before connecting to Ignite from the PHP thin client, you must start at least one Ignite cluster node.

You can start a node from the command line using the default configuration or by passing a custom configuration file. You can start as many nodes as you like and they will all automatically discover each other.

Navigate into the bin folder of the Ignite installation directory from the command shell. Your command might look like this:

cd {IGNITE_HOME}/bin/
cd {IGNITE_HOME}\bin\

Start a node with a custom configuration file that is passed as a parameter to ignite.sh|bat like this:

./ignite.sh ../examples/config/example-ignite.xml
ignite.bat ..\examples\config\example-ignite.xml

You will see output similar to this:

[08:53:45] Ignite node started OK (id=7b30bc8e)
[08:53:45] Topology snapshot [ver=1, locNode=7b30bc8e, servers=1, clients=0, state=ACTIVE, CPUs=4, offheap=1.6GB, heap=2.0GB]

Open another tab from your command shell and run the same command again:

./ignite.sh ../examples/config/example-ignite.xml
ignite.bat ..\examples\config\example-ignite.xml

Check the Topology snapshot line in the output. Now you have a cluster of two server nodes with more CPUs and RAM available cluster-wide:

[08:54:34] Ignite node started OK (id=3a30b7a4)
[08:54:34] Topology snapshot [ver=2, locNode=3a30b7a4, servers=2, clients=0, state=ACTIVE, CPUs=4, offheap=3.2GB, heap=4.0GB]
By default, ignite.sh|bat starts a node with the default configuration file: config/default-config.xml.

Running Your First Application

Once at least one node is started, you can use the Ignite PHP thin client to perform cache operations. Your Ignite installation includes several ready-to-run PHP examples in the {client_dir}/examples directory. Here is example how to run one of them:

cd {client_dir}/examples
php CachePutGetExample.php
cd {client_dir}\examples
php CachePutGetExample.php

Assuming that the server node is running locally, and that you have completed all of the pre-requisites listed above, here is a very simple HelloWorld example that puts and gets values from the cache. Note the require_once line — make sure the path is correct. If you followed the instructions above, and if you place this hello world example in your examples folder, it should work.


require_once __DIR__ . '/../vendor/autoload.php';

use Apache\Ignite\Client;
use Apache\Ignite\ClientConfiguration;
use Apache\Ignite\Type\ObjectType;
use Apache\Ignite\Cache\CacheEntry;
use Apache\Ignite\Exception\ClientException;

function performCacheKeyValueOperations(): void
    $client = new Client();
    try {
        $client->connect(new ClientConfiguration(''));
        $cache = $client->getOrCreateCache('myCache')->

        // put and get value
        $cache->put(1, 'Hello World');
        $value = $cache->get(1);
    } catch (ClientException $e) {
    } finally {


Next Steps

From here, you may want to: