Is there garbage collection?
I know that in PHP you don't have to free memory. Is it reached by garbage collector?
Verified Answer (52 Votes) ✓
Yes there is, [here]'s a nice article describing its pitfalls. In PHP > 5.3.0, there is also the gc_enable function.
Answer #2 (8 Votes)
PHP has a combination of garbage collection and reference counting. The latter is the main mode of managing memory, with the garbage collector picking up the pieces that the ref counter misses (circular references). Before 5.3, php only had ref-counting, and even in 5.3 it's the still how memory will usually be freed.
Answer #3 (3 Votes)
Yes. There is also session cleanup done by the garbage collector.