Installing the ionCube PHP Loader

Private Cloud

Private cloud

Get acquainted with SIM-Network’s individual cloud solutions

Learn more

All operations are performed in the server console through the command line interface. Determine the bit depth of the OS using the uname -a command:

Linux 3.2.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.2.51-1 x86_64 GNU/Linux

And the PHP version with php -v:

PHP 5.5.17-1~dotdeb.1 (cli) (built: Sep 19 2014 01:56:56)

Further instructions are given on the example of Linux Debian x86_64 OS.

We go to the URL and download from there an archive with binary loader libraries for Linux OS of the required bitness.

Unpack it to the /usr/lib/php5/ioncube/ directory.

Create a configuration file /etc/php5/mods-available/ioncube.ini with content similar to the following, adjusting the name of the libraries depending on the version of PHP installed:

zend_extension = /usr/lib/php5/ioncube/
zend_extension_ts = /usr/lib/php5/ioncube/

Create three symbolic links:

ln -s /etc/php5/mods-available/ioncube.ini /etc/php5/apache2/conf.d/01-ioncube.ini
ln -s /etc/php5/mods-available/ioncube.ini /etc/php5/cgi/conf.d/01-ioncube.ini
ln -s /etc/php5/mods-available/ioncube.ini /etc/php5/cli/conf.d/01-ioncube.ini

Using the php -v command, we make sure that ionCube loads without problems: PHP 5.5.17-1~dotdeb.1 (cli) (built: Sep 19 2014 01:56:56) Copyright © 1997-2014 The PHP Group Zend Engine v2.5.0, Copyright © 1998-2014 Zend Technologies with the ionCube PHP Loader v4.7.0, Copyright © 2002-2014, by ionCube Ltd.

The final step is to restart the HTTP Apache server with the service apache2 restart command.

Was this article helpful?

Did you like the article?

Cookie consent

By clicking «I agree», you consent to our website's use of cookies to give you the most relevant experience by remembering your preferences and repeat visits. However, you may visit «Manage сookies» to provide controlled consent. Learn more

Cookies settings


Necessary cookies are crucial for the basic functions of the website and the website will not work in its intended way without them.


Analytical cookies are used to understand how visitors interact with the website.


Advertisement cookies are used to provide visitors with relevant ads and marketing campaigns.