Online Encoder Explained

Why Offer Online Encoding?

We realised that for some users, the cost of purchasing an Encoder product was prohibitive, or just didn't make sense. If you want to protect a 5 line file containing passwords, which would cost just $0.50 with our online Encoder, or encode a product or minor product updates just occasionally, spending $$$ or even $$$$ to purchase an Encoder may not be justifiable.

With software piracy an ever increasing problem, and with PHP becoming more popular, we felt that the online Encoder was a much needed solution. Having now encoded thousands of PHP uploads via our service, we were clearly right.


ionCube encoding uses Compiled-Code-Translation that turns scripts into bytecode, similar to the form that PHP normally compiles scripts into before execution, but modified for extra security. This is preferable to simple source code obfuscation.

The web interface offers an interface that's as easy to use for encoding a single script as encoding an archive of 100's of scripts. It handles jobs of any size with ease, including compressed archives in a variety of popular formats. The server uses SSL, and your source files are deleted immediately after encoding.

The Loader

The ionCube Loader is an extension to PHP and executes your encoded files at runtime. It is widely adopted by good hosting companies so often pre-installed with a hosting plan, but also easily installed in most cases by an end user if required. To help when installation of the Loader is needed, we provide a script called the Loader Wizard that identifies which Loader should be used, and this also gives guidance on how to install.

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