It’s a common practice to encode your PHP code while developing web apps, and in the hosting world one of those companies is WHMCS and their software. In order to decode and execute the PHP from the server side, you must have ioncube loaders enabled on your PHP server.
Install IonCube Loaders on cPanel and plain CentOS/RHEL servers
In order to install ioncube loaders you must have root access to your server
First step, before installing is checking if you already have ioncube loaders installed on your server. Fastest way to do this is by running php -v, example:
[email@example.com:~]php -v PHP 5.4.44 (cli) (built: Aug 13 2015 05:07:21) Copyright (c) 1997-2014 The PHP Group Zend Engine v2.4.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2014 Zend Technologies with the ionCube PHP Loader v4.7.5, Copyright (c) 2002-2014, by ionCube Ltd. [firstname.lastname@example.org:~]
As you see, if you have Ioncube loaders enabled you should see something like:
with the ionCube PHP Loader v4.7.5, Copyright (c) 2002-2014, by ionCube Ltd
You can also do it using a phpinfo file:
Installing IonCube Loaders with cPanel & WHM can be done one of two ways:
1) Using EasyApache: go to WHM >> EasyApache, and then select “IonCube Loaders” from the Exhaustive Options List before starting the compilation process.
2) Using phpextensionmgr script:
This way is the recommended as you don’t need to recompile Apache and PHP, it’s a lot faster:
/scripts/phpextensionmgr install IonCubeLoader
How can I uninstall ioncube loaders on cPanel?
/scripts/phpextensionmgr uninstall IonCubeLoader
How can I install ioncube loaders on servers without cPanel?
Begin by downloading the latest loaders to your computer from: http://www.ioncube.com/loaders.php
Grab the latest files, extract and move to the new directory, example:
cd /usr/src wget http://downloads3.ioncube.com/loader_downloads/ioncube_loaders_lin_x86-64.tar.gz unzip ioncube_loaders_lin_x86-64.tar.gz tar -xvpzf ioncube_loaders_lin_x86-64.tar.gz cd ioncube
Find out your PHP modules extension dir
grep extension_dir -i /etc/php.ini
Note: on Fedora, RHEL and CentOS it’s located at /etc/php.ini, but in other Linux distro this may be different.
In my case extension_dir was: /usr/lib64/php/modules/. So I’ve placed the ioncube_loader_lin* files inside that directory, let’s copy those:
cp ioncube_loader_lin_5.4* /usr/lib64/php/modules/ -fv
Add Iocube loaders into PHP configuration:
echo "zend_extension=/usr/lib64/php/modules/ioncube_loader_lin_5.4.so" >> /etc/php.ini
Important: replace “zend_extension=/usr/lib64/php/modules/ioncube_loader_lin_5.4.so” with the real path of your extensions dir and ioncube loaders file, that must be the same as the PHP version you are running.
Check Ioncube loaders are working
Run php -v as stated before, you should see something like this:
with the ionCube PHP Loader v4.7.5, Copyright (c) 2002-2014, by ionCube Ltd.
That’s all, your server now should be running Ioncube Loaders without issues.