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HOW TO: Install IonCube Loader

There will be a time when you need IonCube loader in order to run PHP scripts encoded with IonCube. So here's a quick guide which will tell you how to install IonCube loader using SHELL.
  • Root Shell Access to your server.
  • Download the loader suitable for your server from here:
  • Unpack the binary file by using this command tar -zxvf ioncube_loaders.tar.gz (Change the ioncube_loaders.tar.gz to the file name appropriate for your server)
  • After extracting it will create a folder called ioncube. Now use this command: cd ioncube
  • Copy ioncube-install-assistant.php to a web directory by typing this command cp ioncube-install-assistant.php /home/userdirectoryhere/www
  • Visit that file by going to
  • And you should see something like below (depends on your server and configurations):
PHP Version 4.3.3
Operating System Linux
Threaded PHP No
php.ini file /usr/local/lib/php.ini
Required Loader
  • Go back to where you extracted the ioncube folder by using cd..
  • Now move the ioncube folder in a safe and permanent location by using command: mv ioncube /usr/local
  • Now edit the php.ini file for example: pico /usr/local/lib/php.ini
  • Look for [zend] by typing CTRL + W and typing [zend]
  • Paste the following line under [zend], zend_extension = /usr/local/ioncube/
  • Press CTRL + X, type Y and press Enter.
  • Restart the server by typing: /etc/init.d/httpd restart
  • Your installation is done.

*If you have Zend Optimizer installed then put the ioncube loader line before the Zend Optimizer line, else you will receive any error.

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thanks this is old but very useful.

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Thanks and I must agree with bokoNet

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Great info


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Alternatively, you could simply log in to cPanel through WHM(http://IPHERE:2086/" and then press "EasyApache" and then when you rebuild it, simply enable IonCube Loader.

Its really as simple as that!

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Thanks, usefull.

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wow thank you very much

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This is pretty old and make sure you all are you using and not 4.3 .

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Originally Posted by PogiWeb View Post
This is pretty old and make sure you all are you using and not 4.3 . for 64bit OS for 32bit OS

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Originally Posted by servermonster-ltd View Post for 64bit OS for 32bit OS

Thats incorrect and the 5.3 will work with a 32bit OS. Why do you think they include it in the 32bit download?

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thank great information.. keep updating

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thanks for the helpful guide.. keep posting

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Keep getting this error. If anyone can help it be wonderful.

Please note that the following problem currently exists with the ionCube Loader installation:

The loader file /var/chroot/home/content/66/10364366/html/ioncube/, listed in the configuration file, /home/content/66/10364366/html/php5.ini, does not exist or is not accessible.

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Thank you buddy.

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Thank you Men.


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