How to Install IonCube Loader on Ubuntu 20.04

Install IonCube Loader on Ubuntu 20.04

In this article, we will have explained the necessary steps to install and configure IonCube Loader on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Before continuing with this tutorial, make sure you are logged in as a user with sudo privileges. All the commands in this tutorial should be run as a non-root user.

IonCube loader is used to secure the software that’s written in the PHP programming language. Ioncube makes it easy to protect your PHP source code from easy observation, theft and change by compiling to bytecode. Encoding your application sources offers many benefits

Install IonCube Loader on Ubuntu 20.04

Step 1. First, before you start installing any package on your Ubuntu server, we always recommend making sure that all system packages are updated.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Download and Install Ioncube Loader on the Ubuntu system.

Run the following command to download Ioncube loaders. Also, extract the downloaded archive under /usr/local the directory:

tar xzf ioncube_loaders_lin_x86-64.tar.gz -C /usr/local

Next, use the below command to find out the PHP configuration file and enable the IonCube loader:

$php -i | grep php.ini

Configuration File (php.ini) Path => /etc/php/7.4/cli
Loaded Configuration File => /etc/php/7.4/cli/php.ini

Step 3. Configure ionCube Loader.

Edit the required PHP configuration files or you may update in all the configuration files found above:

zend_extension = /usr/local/ioncube/

Replace /usr/local/ioncube/ with your matching PHP version file.

Once done, you have added ionCube settings to your PHP configuration. To verify the configuration, type:

$ php -v

PHP 7.4.8 (cli) (built: Nov 16 2020 12:46:30) ( NTS )
Copyright (c) The PHP Group
Zend Engine v3.4.0, Copyright (c) Zend Technologies
   with the ionCube PHP Loader + ionCube24 v10.4.1, Copyright (c) 2002-2020, by ionCube Ltd.
   with Zend OPcache v7.4.8, Copyright (c), by Zend Technologies

That’s all you need to do to install the IonCube Loader on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa. I hope you find this quick tip helpful. For further reading on IonCube, please refer to their official knowledge base. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.