Installing Ion Cube Extension on VPS Server

One of my websites needs a plugin that needs IonCube loader. IonCube loader is needed to decrypt script that encrypted by Ioncube, without it the script/plugin will not work.
Below is step by step installation of Ion Cube 5.6 :

First, you need to install IonCube Loader version 5.6

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Log in to the server using PuTTY, check whether you have 64 bit or 32 bit system architecture by issuing arch command:

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as my system 64 bit then I need to download following:


Once downloaded unzip it using the command:

# tar xfz ioncube_loaders_lin_x86-64.tar.gz
ioncube loader install

Check your PHP version by issuing command:

php -v
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As you can see here, my PHP version is 5.6.35, if not this version you might need to change your PHP version, see this post how to do it.

Check which Ion Cube version I match it with your PHP version, as my PHP version is 5.6.35 then my Ion Cube file will be

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Issue command php -i | grep extension_dir to get the information of the location of extension directory.
install the latest version of the ioncube loader
Copy IonCUBE to the directory using the command:
cp ioncube/ /usr/lib64/php/modules
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Edit PHP.INI in vi editor using command:
vi /etc/php.ini
add this command:
zend_extension = /usr/lib64/php/modules/
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Some commands while working with vi editor:

Press Semicolon key (:) and type wq to save and quit from VI editor
Press Semicolon key (:) and type w! to save and quit from VI editor

Now restart apache server by issuing command systemctl restart httpd or restart server when restart apache server doesn’t work 🙂

Verify IONCube loader installation using a command

php -v

When you see the phrase “with the ionCube PHP loader (enabled)…” then you have succeeded installing ION cube, congratulations!

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Now you are ready to install and activate Gembloong plugin.

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