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PHP Manual :: pcntl_fork

pcntl_exec || pcntl_get_last_error || PCNTL Functions || PHP Manual

(PHP 4 >= 4.1.0, PHP 5, PHP 7)

pcntl_forkForks the currently running process


int pcntl_fork ( void )

The pcntl_fork() function creates a child process that differs from the parent process only in its PID and PPID. Please see your system's fork(2) man page for specific details as to how fork works on your system.

Return Values

On success, the PID of the child process is returned in the parent's thread of execution, and a 0 is returned in the child's thread of execution. On failure, a -1 will be returned in the parent's context, no child process will be created, and a PHP error is raised.


Example #1 pcntl_fork() example


if (
$pid == -1) {
'could not fork');
} else if (
$pid) {
// we are the parent
pcntl_wait($status); //Protect against Zombie children
} else {
// we are the child


See Also

pcntl_exec || pcntl_get_last_error || PCNTL Functions || PHP Manual
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