How To Install IonCube Loader on Ubuntu 12.04

Published on June 3, 2013

Bulat Khamitov

How To Install IonCube Loader on Ubuntu 12.04

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IonCube is a PHP module extension that loads encrypted PHP files and speeds up webpages that are being displayed.

It is often required for a lot of PHP-based applications.

IonCube on 32-bit systems

This section is for PHP installed on a 32-bit system (for example: spinning up LAMP on Ubuntu 12.04 from Applications).

If you don't have a LAMP stack on your droplet, you can spin up a LAMP stack from our Applications:

First, you will need to download and extract the IonCube Loader PHP modules.

wget http://downloads3.ioncube.com/loader_downloads/ioncube_loaders_lin_x86.tar.gz
tar xvfz ioncube_loaders_lin_x86.tar.gz

Then, you will have to copy the appropriate module to the PHP modules folder. To find that folder's path, run the following command

php -i | grep extension_dir

You will get the following output:

extension_dir => /usr/lib/php5/20090626+lfs => /usr/lib/php5/20090626+lfs

Now you should copy over the module to your PHP modules folder:

sudo cp "ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_${PHP_VERSION}.so" /usr/lib/php5/20090626+lfs/

You would then have to restart Apache2 or php5-fpm (if you're using nginx) for the module to be loaded:

service apache2 restart
service php5-fpm restart

To ensure that the module was correctly installed, create a file called test.php in /var/www with the following content:

echo var_export(extension_loaded('ionCube Loader') ,true);

Once you have done that, navigate to http://your-droplets-ip-address/test.php. It should output "true".

IonCube on 64-bit systems

If you have installed your own LAMP stack on a 64-bit Linux, you would need to download a 64 bit package:

wget http://downloads3.ioncube.com/loader_downloads/ioncube_loaders_lin_x86-64.tar.gz
tar xvfz ioncube_loaders_lin_x86-64.tar.gz

You should proceed with same steps as outlined above.

And you are all done!

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This worked for me on Ubuntu 13.10, PHP-FPM and nginx!

  1. Download one of the following archives of Loaders for Linux x86-64 cd /usr/local sudo wget http://downloads2.ioncube.com/loader_downloads/ioncube_loaders_lin_x86-64.tar.gz sudo tar xzf ioncube_loaders_lin_x86-64.tar.gz

  2. Copy or move the Loader files in /usr/lib/php5/20121212 mv /usr/local/ioncube/* /usr/lib/php5/20121212/

  3. Load the ioncube loader in your php.ini Open your php.ini nano /etc/php5/fpm/php.ini

and add the following line zend_extension = /usr/lib/php5/20121212/ioncube_loader_lin_5.5.so

  1. Restart php-fpm service php5-fpm restart


this post needs to be updated, took 2 hours to get this to function

Note: If you are trying to install ionCube Loader on 14.04, you need to add the following to the php.ini file and restart apache:

zend_extension = /usr/lib/php5/20121212/ioncube_loader_lin_5.5.so


For those of you struggling with getting ioncube loaded. Ignore all the other instructions and follow this blog,. It will save you an hour or two.

Damn, 2 hours and finally got it working on a Ubuntu 12 / 32 bits / zpanel droplet. The recibe (thanks to sriram.devang’s comment):

$ cd /etc/zpanel/panel
$ wget http://downloads3.ioncube.com/loader_downloads/ioncube_loaders_lin_x86.tar.gz
$ sudo nano /etc/php5/apache2/conf.d/20-ioncube.ini


zend_extension = /etc/zpanel/panel/ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_5.3.so

ctrl+q (exit), save: Y

$ sudo service apache2 restart

That’s it. Uff…

I went through that process, getting true, out of php-check function, also www/ioncube/ setup-helper website says, that everything should work fine, but running my softaculous install.shell script, it keeps telling my, it cannot continue, because ioncubeloader is not installed. Any idea, why it is not recognized?


I am following

root@vps:~# tar xvfz ioncube_loaders_lin_x86-64.tar.gz ioncube/ ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_5.0.so ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_4.3.so ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_4.2.so ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_5.6.so ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_5.3.so ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_5.5_ts.so ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_5.4.so ioncube/loader-wizard.php ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_4.3_ts.so ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_5.5.so ioncube/LICENSE.txt ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_5.4_ts.so ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_5.3_ts.so ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_4.4.so ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_4.4_ts.so ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_5.2.so ioncube/USER-GUIDE.txt ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_4.1.so ioncube/README.txt ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_5.1_ts.so ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_5.0_ts.so ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_5.1.so ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_5.6_ts.so ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_5.2_ts.so root@vps:~# php -i | grep extension_dir extension_dir => /usr/lib/php5/20121212 => /usr/lib/php5/20121212 sqlite3.extension_dir => no value => no value root@vps:~# PHP_VERSION=$(php -r “echo PHP_MAJOR_VERSION.‘.’.PHP_MINOR_VERSION;” ) root@vps:~# sudo cp “ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_${PHP_VERSION}.so” /usr/lib/php5 /20121212/ root@vps:~# service apache2 restart

  • Restarting web server apache2 [ OK ] root@vps:~# service php5-fpm restart php5-fpm stop/waiting php5-fpm start/running, process 4941 root@vps:~#

But not working please help.

The above did not work for me, on LAMP with debian, I used https://www.howtoforge.com/install-ioncube-loader-for-all-php-modes-cli-cgi-fcgi-and-fpm-on-debian-wheezy and it worked

Hi, i just started with digital ocean. i have installed LAMP, now i was going ahead with installing ioncube loader. when i execute command

php -i | grep extension_dir

i get output

/usr/lib/php5/20121212 => /usr/lib/php5/20121212

now it says to copy PHP modules like this

PHP_VERSION=$(php -r “echo PHP_MAJOR_VERSION.‘.’.PHP_MINOR_VERSION;”) sudo cp “ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_${PHP_VERSION}.so” /usr/lib/php5/20090626+lfs/

I think i have to do it like this

PHP_VERSION=$(php -r “echo PHP_MAJOR_VERSION.‘.’.PHP_MINOR_VERSION;”) sudo cp “ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_${PHP_VERSION}.so” /usr/lib/php5/20121212+lfs

what i get on executing the command is

i am unable to execute it correctly, can u please help me with the exact command

Here’s an up to date tutorial that actually works as at April 30 2015


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