What is IonCube?

ionCube was created in 2002, and gave developers tools to protect software written in the PHP programming language from being viewed, edited and ran on unlicensed computers. The tools use a technique of compiling the bytecode prior to encoding so that the source code is eliminated, and runtime overheads are reduced. A PHP extension called the ionCube Loader handles the reading  and execution of encoded files at runtime. 

Is ionCube Loader offered on my server?

Yes, we do offer it. It is already offered on shared servers and VPS’s running PHP5. To see if it is available on your server you can view the phpinfo.php page and search for “ioncube”. Here is an example phpinfo.php page:

Link to Example of PHPINFO Page

Carrie Smaha Senior Manager Marketing Operations

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  • Great to know ! I am considering an app / plugin that seems to have this, ioncube, as a building requirement. Hence if my VPS already has this it will permit me to utilize this plugin. Crossing fingers as it will help- my team be more efficient 😁

    • Thanks for checking in C3, and we hope it works! If the plugin has requirements beyond the default configuration of IonCube or cPanel, we can let you know if the extra software is installable on our managed VPS plans.

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