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How to increase PHP memory_limit on CodeShip.io

Some days ago I found myself on front o f a problem: my unit tests failed because of lack of PHP memory.

This were the tedious error:

PHP Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 268435456 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 16640 bytes)

As I use CodeShip.io as continuous delivery server, I had to increase the PHP memory_limit on their systems, but… how?

So I googled for a solution, but nothing helped me.

The last chance were to contact the support. As ever, the astonishing CodeShip.io’s support replied me with this email:

PHP is limited to 256MB memory by default on the build VMs (which you just barely exceeded it). But you have access to the php.ini and can configure the limit yourself. The file is located at

${HOME}/.phpenv/versions/${YOUR_PHP_VERSION}/etc/php.ini

and e.g. the following sed call would achieve increasing the limit

sed -i'' 's/^memory_limit=.*/memory_limit = 512m/g' .phpenv/versions/5.6/etc/php.ini

So, a simple line in my setup commands, increased the default php memory_limit:

sed -i'' 's/^memory_limit=.*/memory_limit = 512m/g' ${HOME}/.phpenv/versions/5.6/etc/php.ini

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  • Roy - 22 agosto 2016 reply

    Hey, that solved the same problem I had come across with codeship! Thanks!

  • Rafaelmr - 28 agosto 2016 reply

    For a long time we didn t limit the amount of memory that you can use during your build on Codeship . There was the possibility of a bad build eating up all of our memory.

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