Concurrent Datasets in PHP

Learn how to do create and consume asynchronous sets.

AMPHP is a collection of event-driven libraries for PHP designed with fibers and concurrency in mind. amphp/pipeline provides concurrent iterators and collection operators.


This package can be installed as a Composer dependency.

composer require amphp/pipeline


This package requires PHP 8.1 or later.


Using fiber-based coroutines, asynchronous sets can now be created and consumed within a single fiber using PHP’s built-in Iterator. Attempting to consume an Iterator instance from multiple fibers is problematic though, as one fiber may modify the state of the iterator while another is suspended.

This library provides a ConcurrentIterator interface which provides a fiber-safe iterator that may be consumed by multiple fibers concurrently, as well as tools for creating asynchronous sets.

Concurrent Iterators

A ConcurrentIterator may be used in place of an Iterator, meaning it can be used with foreach, yield from, iterator_to_array(), argument unpacking, and more!

Like an Iterator, a ConcurrentIterator may also be iterated manually, with separate methods for advancing and retrieving the current value.

use Amp\Pipeline\Pipeline;

// Pipeline::getIterator() returns a ConcurrentIterator
$concurrentIterator = Pipeline::fromIterable([1, 2, 3])->getIterator();
while ($concurrentIterator->continue()) {
    $position = $concurrentIterator->getPosition();
    $value = $concurrentIterator->getValue();

    // ...

// Equivalently, multiple fibers may consume a single ConcurrentIterator
// instance using foreach.
$concurrentIterator = Pipeline::fromIterable([1, 2, 3])->getIterator();
foreach ($concurrentIterator as $position => $value) {
    // ...

continue() suspends the current fiber until a value becomes available or the iterator completes, returning true or false respectively. An exception is thrown from continue() the source of the iterator throws an exception while generating the next value.

getValue() returns the last value emitted on the iterator within the current fiber. The return value of this function will not change within the current fiber until continue() is called again. continue() must be invoked and return before this method can be called.

getPosition() returns the current 0-indexed position within the current iterator. If consuming from multiple fibers, this value may not be sequential within a single fiber. Similar to getValue(), continue() must be invoked and return before this method can be called.

In general, it is not necessary to call these methods directly within application code. Concurrent iterators typically should be used with foreach.


A Queue is used to create an asynchronous set of values with the ability to await consumption of the values produced, providing back-pressure to the production of more values, so consumption and production can be synchronized.

Values may be added to a Queue in two ways.

  • push() adds the value to the queue, only returning once the value has been consumed from the queue.
  • pushAsync() adds the value to the queue, returning a Future immediately which is completed only once the value has been consumed from the queue.
use Amp\Pipeline\Queue;
use function Amp\async;
use function Amp\delay;

$queue = new Queue();

$start = \microtime(true);
$elapsed = fn () => \microtime(true) - $start;

// Generate values in a separate fiber
async(function () use ($queue, $elapsed): void {
    printf("Starting production loop at %.3fs\n", $elapsed());

    foreach (range(1, 10) as $value) {
        delay(0.1); // Production of a value takes between 100ms

    printf("Completing production loop at %.3fs\n", $elapsed());

    // Queue must be completed, otherwise foreach loop below will never exit!

foreach ($queue->iterate() as $value) {
    printf("Iterator yielded %d at %.3fs\n", $value, $elapsed());
    delay(0.5); // Listener consumption takes 500 ms

Once all values have been pushed into a Queue, the producer must call complete() to end the concurrent iterator. Failure to do so will leave the consumer suspended indefinitely. Alternatively to indicate an error, the producer may use error() to throw an exception to the concurrent iterator consumer and end the concurrent iterator.


If the consumer of the concurrent iterator generated by the Queue is destroyed, push() will throw a DisposedException (or the future returned from pushAsync() will error with a DisposedException). This indicates that no additional values need to be generated since consumption of those values has ended. If for some reason the producer wishes to continue (e.g., to consume bytes from a buffer), either catch the exception or ignore the future. (The DisposedException instance is created only once for each queue.)


A Pipeline represents an asynchronous set and provides operations which can be applied over the set.

use Amp\Pipeline\Pipeline;
use function Amp\delay;

$pipeline = Pipeline::fromIterable(function (): \Generator {
    for ($i = 0; $i < 100; ++$i) {
        yield $i;

$pipeline = $pipeline
    ->concurrent(10) // Process up to 10 items concurrently
    ->unordered() // Results may be consumed eagerly and out of order
    ->tap(fn () => delay(random_int(1, 10) / 10)) // Observe each value with a delay for 0.1 to 1 seconds, simulating I/O
    ->map(fn (int $input) => $input * 10) // Apply an operation to each value
    ->filter(fn (int $input) => $input % 3 === 0); // Filter only values divisible by 3

foreach ($pipeline as $value) {
    echo $value, "\n";

Alternatively, Pipeline also has methods which consume the set, such as forEach() or reduce(), which return only once the set is complete or throws an exception.

use Amp\Pipeline\Pipeline;

Pipeline::generate(function (): int { static $v = 0; return ++$v; })
    ->take(10) // Take only 10 values from the generation function.
    ->concurrent(3) // Process 3 values concurrently
    ->delay(1) // Delay for 1 second to simulate I/O
    ->forEach(function (int $value): void {
        echo $value, "\n";


amphp/pipeline follows the semver semantic versioning specification like all other amphp packages.


If you discover any security related issues, please email [email protected] instead of using the issue tracker.


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