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Loaders for ionCube Secured Files

Using ionCube encoded and secured PHP files requires a file called the ionCube Loader to be installed on the web server and made available to PHP. PHP can use the Loader with one line added to a PHP configuration file (php.ini). An automated Installer and Wizard are available to help with install, as well as manual instructions.

Installing with the Loader Installer or Loader Wizard (recommended)

It is recommended to install a Loader using the Loader Installer. The Installer is a Windows application that can deploy a Loader automatically to any supported operating system over FTP or SFTP. If this cannot be used, we also provide a Loader Wizard PHP script that gives guidance on installing manually.

Loader Installer: ZIP

Loader Wizard: ZIP TGZ

To use the Wizard, 1) download and install the script into your web space, then 2) launch the script in your browser. The Wizard will give guidance on selection and installation of the correct Loader package.

Manual Install - Which Download Do I Need?

Archives and an uploader created with the ionCube Package Foundry are available for each supported server platform. Note that the uploader runs on Windows and uploads the Loaders automatically via FTP. If you are unsure of the server platform (e.g. Linux or FreeBSD) and architecture (e.g. x86 or x86-64), your hosting company will be able to tell you.

If you need Loaders for platforms not mentioned please contact us. Note that different distributions of Linux, e.g. CentOS, SuSE, Debian, RedHat etc. are all covered by the 32 and 64 bit Linux Loaders.

Loader Packages

Notes: Loaders are for 32 and 64 bit x86 based systems unless otherwise specified. The Windows non-TS Loaders are for use on a Windows system where a phpinfo page shows that PHP is built with thread safety disabled.

Recent Loader Changes

2015-4-27 : 5.0.0 : support for running files produced by the ionCube version 9 PHP Encoder.
2015-5-2 : 5.0.2 : minor update in version 9 support.
2015-5-4 : 5.0.3 (Linux) : ionCube24 Trustpoint is now enabled by default and set to the current time when first initialising ionCube 24 on a server.
2015-5-8 : 5.0.4 : Fix for potentially excessive memory usage. Updating recommended.
2015-5-15 : 5.0.5 : Fix for failure in Windows 64 bit Loader. Fix for Windows Loader not recognising PHP 5.6 encoded files from Encoder 9.0.
2015-5-18 : 5.0.6 : Fix for ionCube24 notifications not being delivered with PHP 5.6 (Linux only).
2015-5-22 : 5.0.7 : Workaround for an issue that prevented the Loader starting when XCache is installed. Fix for possible crash if a corrupt license is processed.
2015-6-16 : 5.0.8 : Fix for issue calling ioncube_server_data() or ioncube_write_file() from a function producing a dynamic key. Fix for problem sending ionCube24 notifications with some configurations. Internal changes related to future ionCube 24 features.
2015-6-19 : 5.0.9 : Fix for issue where if a reference variable was used as a non-referenced lexical variable in a closure then memory corruption would occur.
2015-6-22 : 5.0.10 : Fix for an undefined symbol occurring with the PHP 5.3 Loaders.
2015-7-13 : 5.0.12 : Fix for problem caused by a large number of network aliases on a system.
2015-7-28 : 5.0.13 : New ionCube24 php.ini option ic24.sec.trusted_include_paths for trusting dynamically created include files (see User Guide for details) plus enhancement for processing pre 5.6 encoded files on PHP 5.6.
2015-7-29 : 5.0.14 : Fix for issue with previous release.
2015-8-19 : 5.0.15 : Corrected handling for PHP 5.6 magic method, __debugInfo. Fix for memory corruption issue for thread-safe PHP when running unencoded files. Improvement in handling of empty arrays in PHP 5.6 with pre-5.6 encoded files.
2015-8-27 : 5.0.16 : Fix for rare ionCube24 issue preventing interaction with the ionCube24 control panel on some systems.

OS/Platform Packages Version Release Date
Windows VC9 (32 bits) tar.gz (1.62 MB) tar.bz2 (1.48 MB) zip (1.61 MB) Uploader (2.27 MB) 5.0.15 Aug 19, 2015  Updated
Windows VC9 (Non-TS) (32 bits) tar.gz (1.29 MB) tar.bz2 (1.23 MB) zip (1.29 MB) Uploader (1.96 MB) 5.0.15 Aug 19, 2015  Updated
Windows VC11 (32 bits) tar.gz (760 KB) tar.bz2 (676 KB) zip (759 KB) Uploader (1.43 MB) 5.0.15 Aug 19, 2015  Updated
Windows VC11 (Non-TS) (32 bits) tar.gz (722 KB) tar.bz2 (659 KB) zip (720 KB) Uploader (1.39 MB) 5.0.15 Aug 19, 2015  Updated
Windows VC11 (64 bits) tar.gz (878 KB) tar.bz2 (832 KB) zip (876 KB) Uploader (1.55 MB) 5.0.15 Aug 19, 2015  Updated
Windows VC11 (Non-TS) (64 bits) tar.gz (837 KB) tar.bz2 (803 KB) zip (836 KB) Uploader (1.51 MB) 5.0.15 Aug 19, 2015  Updated
Linux (32 bits)  Includes ionCube 24 support tar.gz (7.10 MB) tar.bz2 (7.07 MB) zip (7.09 MB) Uploader (7.60 MB) 5.0.16 Aug 27, 2015  Updated
Linux (64 bits)  Includes ionCube 24 support tar.gz (7.74 MB) tar.bz2 (7.38 MB) zip (7.74 MB) Uploader (8.28 MB) 5.0.16 Aug 27, 2015  Updated
Raspberry Pi 2 (armv7l 32 bits) tar.gz (1.42 MB) tar.bz2 (1.44 MB) zip (1.42 MB) Uploader (2.06 MB) 5.0.15 Aug 19, 2015  Updated
FreeBSD 6 (32 bits) tar.gz (6.88 MB) tar.bz2 (6.82 MB) zip (6.86 MB) Uploader (7.36 MB) 5.0.15 Aug 19, 2015  Updated
FreeBSD 6 (64 bits) tar.gz (7.47 MB) tar.bz2 (6.92 MB) zip (7.48 MB) Uploader (8.01 MB) 5.0.15 Aug 19, 2015  Updated
FreeBSD 7 (32 bits) tar.gz (6.84 MB) tar.bz2 (6.77 MB) zip (6.82 MB) Uploader (7.33 MB) 5.0.15 Aug 19, 2015  Updated
FreeBSD 7 (64 bits) tar.gz (7.32 MB) tar.bz2 (6.81 MB) zip (7.32 MB) Uploader (7.86 MB) 5.0.15 Aug 19, 2015  Updated
FreeBSD 8 (32 bits) tar.gz (6.84 MB) tar.bz2 (6.77 MB) zip (6.82 MB) Uploader (7.33 MB) 5.0.15 Aug 19, 2015  Updated
FreeBSD 8 (64 bits) tar.gz (7.32 MB) tar.bz2 (6.81 MB) zip (7.32 MB) Uploader (7.86 MB) 5.0.15 Aug 19, 2015  Updated
FreeBSD 9 (32 bits) tar.gz (6.83 MB) tar.bz2 (6.79 MB) zip (6.81 MB) Uploader (7.32 MB) 5.0.15 Aug 19, 2015  Updated
FreeBSD 9 (64 bits) tar.gz (7.42 MB) tar.bz2 (6.91 MB) zip (7.43 MB) Uploader (7.96 MB) 5.0.15 Aug 19, 2015  Updated
OpenBSD 4.5 (32 bits) tar.gz (6.44 MB) tar.bz2 (5.84 MB) zip (6.44 MB) Uploader (6.99 MB) 5.0.15 Aug 19, 2015  Updated
OpenBSD 4.6 (32 bits) tar.gz (6.45 MB) tar.bz2 (5.84 MB) zip (6.44 MB) Uploader (6.99 MB) 5.0.15 Aug 19, 2015  Updated
OpenBSD 4.7 (64 bits) tar.gz (6.93 MB) tar.bz2 (6.38 MB) zip (6.93 MB) Uploader (7.46 MB) 5.0.15 Aug 19, 2015  Updated
OS X (32 bits) tar.gz (7.64 MB) tar.bz2 (7.27 MB) zip (7.64 MB) Uploader (8.18 MB) 5.0.15 Aug 19, 2015  Updated
OS X (64 bits) tar.gz (7.47 MB) tar.bz2 (7.10 MB) zip (7.47 MB) Uploader (8.08 MB) 5.0.15 Aug 19, 2015  Updated
Solaris (32 bits) tar.gz (7.10 MB) tar.bz2 (6.44 MB) zip (7.09 MB) Uploader (7.62 MB) 5.0.15 Aug 19, 2015  Updated



Legacy Loader Packages

Please note: The following packages are no longer being maintained are provided for legacy use.

OS/Platform Packages Version Release Date
Windows VC6 (32 bits) tar.gz (1.19 MB) tar.bz2 (857 KB) zip (1.19 MB) Uploader (1.86 MB) 4.0.7 Feb 21, 2011
Windows VC6 (Non-TS) (32 bits) tar.gz (435 KB) tar.bz2 (405 KB) zip (433 KB) Uploader (1.11 MB) 4.0.7 Feb 21, 2011
FreeBSD 4 (32 bits) tar.gz (3.60 MB) tar.bz2 (3.06 MB) zip (3.59 MB) Uploader (4.17 MB) 4.4.4 Oct 15, 2013
OS X (ppc 32 bits) tar.gz (2.76 MB) tar.bz2 (2.18 MB) zip (2.76 MB) Uploader (3.38 MB) 3.1.32 Jul 5, 2007
Solaris (sparc 32 bits) tar.gz (2.74 MB) tar.bz2 (2.20 MB) zip (2.74 MB) Uploader (3.36 MB) 4.0.10 Aug 16, 2011