Installing IonCube loaders

Expertise level: Easy

It's necessary to install IonCube for Fantastico to work with cPanel. Fantastico will return a blank page without IonCube. Follow these simple instructions to install it (instructions are available if you don't have a control panel, scroll to the bottom of this article): 

SSH/WHM

  1. Log into WHM as root via SSH.

  2.  Run the below command to install IonCube Loaders without having to recompile Apache:

    /scripts/phpextensionmgr install IonCubeLoader

Easy Apache/WHM

IonCube Loaders can be selected under the Exhaustive Options List prior to compiling. Follow these images with instructions: 

1. Log into WHM as root.

2. Go to the EasyApache section of WHM.

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3. Click 'Next Step'. 

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4. Click on 'Next Step' again.

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5. Click on 'Exhaustive Options List'. 

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6. Find 'IonCube Loader for PHP in the list and select the check box. 

7. Click 'Ok' to confirm. 

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8. Scroll down and click 'Save and Build'. 

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 9. Click 'Ok'.

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10. Read and acknowledge the warning and click 'I understand'.

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11. Allow time for the screen changes. Click 'Close' when done. That's it!

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No control panel 

  1. Download the latest loaders from http://www.ioncube.com/loaders.php
  2. Extract the contents of the archived file.
  3. Upload the folder IONCUBE via FTP to your domain.
  4. Establish an SSH connection with the server using a client such as Putty for PC or Terminal for Mac. This is usually done using the command: SSH rootusername@yourserver.com.
  5. Browse the public folder where you uploaded the IONCUBE directory (search internet for change and view directory commands in Unix).
  6. Move the ioncube folder to a permanent location by entering:
    mv ioncube /usr/local.
  7. Locate the php.ini file by entering:
    locate php.ini

     It should be in /usr/local/lib/php.ini. Now that you know the location of php.ini you need to edit it:
    pico /usr/local/lib/php.ini
  8. Find the location of other zend extensions in the file with:
    ctrl + w: zend_extension
  9. Paste in your new line for ion cube loader (Replace x with your version of PHP eg. 4.4):
    zend_extension = /usr/local/ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_x.so 
  10. Save the changes: ctrl + X then Y and enter.
  11. Restart the web server to take effect: /etc/init.d/httpd restart.
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