How to install Softaculous on cPanel

Softaculous is one of the best app installation software we’ve tested so far. Same as Fantastico Deluxe, it provides you a very large app repository so you can install popular apps and cms like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and WHMCS with just a few clicks from your cPanel control panel. That’s why today we will show you how to install Softaculous on cPanel.

How can I install Softaculous on cPanel?

Whitelist Softaculous IPs on your iptables firewall

Firs step is to put all the Softaculous IPs whitelisted inside our firewall.
In case you are using CSF Firewall:

nano -w /etc/csf/csf.allow

Add this IPs into that file.

Enable Ioncube inside WHM

Move to WHM : Tweak Settings as you see in the image below and ensure you activate ‘Ioncube’, otherwise Softaculous will not work.

how to install softaculous on cpanel
how to install softaculous on cpanel


Install Softaculous from your Linux shell

cd /usr/src
wget -N
chmod 755

Depending on your server connection, this may take a couple of minutes.

Once done, you can move to WHM : Softaculous and finish the rest of the configuration.


As you see, it’s super easy to install softaculous on cPanel server, you just have to be sure to whitelist softaculous IPs, enable ioncube and then run a couple of commands from your Linux console.

Be aware that Softaculous brings your cPanel users a very effective and fast way to install applications. However, you have to make sure that your users will always keep all the App and CMS software installations up to date in order to keep their sites and your server secure and away from vulnerabilities or exploits.


About the Author: Santiago Borges

Experienced Sr. Linux SysAdmin and Web Technologist, passionate about building tools, automating processes, fixing server issues, troubleshooting, securing and optimizing high traffic websites.

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