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Installing Ioncube loader on RHEL/Centos

Download latest Ioncube loader for your OS from
For CentOS 64 bit

#cd /usr/local/src

#wget http://downloads2.ioncube.com/loader_downloads/ioncube_loaders_lin_x86-64.tar.gz
For CentOS 32 bit

#wget http://downloads3.ioncube.com/loader_downloads/ioncube_loaders_lin_x86.tar.gz
#tar zxvf ioncube_loaders_lin_x86-64.tar.gz
#cd ioncube
#mkdir /usr/local/ioncube
#cp ioncube_loader_lin_5.3.so /usr/local/ioncube

Note : In this articles we are using ioncube_loader_lin_5.3.so as PHP version installed on the server was PHP 5.3
Now edit php.ini file. To find location of php.ini, run

#php -i| grep php.ini

In my case, php.ini was in /etc/php.ini folder
Append the following line to end on php.ini

#vi /etc/php.ini
zend_extension = /usr/local/ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_5.3.so

Finally restart the apache server

#service httpd restart

That’s it.


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