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PHP Encoder 13

Product Comparison

The ionCube PHP Encoder is available in 3 editions for Windows, macOS, Linux, and FreeBSD. Compare the features and pricing of each edition below to find the best solution for your needs.

  Basic Pro Cerberus Pro CI Cerberus CI
Price $199
Licenses 1 1 1 2 2
Additional License
Discount 25%
Unlimited Encoding Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Licensing Features
Features to generate time expiring
and IP/domain name restricted license files
MAC Address based licensing
Available Encoder Platforms Windows, macOS,
Linux, FreeBSD
Windows, macOS,
Linux, FreeBSD
Windows, macOS,
Linux, FreeBSD
Linux, FreeBSD Linux, FreeBSD
Product Switching   From Basic $125
From Basic $159
From Pro $75
Contact sales Contact sales
Special Edition GUI Upgrade for Windows and macOS $40

Support and Upgrades

When you purchase a PHP Encoder main license, you'll get 3 to 6 months (depending on product selection) of free helpdesk support to help you get started. Upgrade to standard or premium support for enhanced options and faster response times. Even if your support has expired, we're always available to investigate any possible bugs or issues.

Minor product upgrades may include new features, bug fixes, and performance improvements, and are provided free of charge. Major upgrades, such as new versions of the PHP Encoder, are available at a discounted price for existing users.


The Windows and macOS Encoders include a graphical user interface (GUI) that makes it easy to encode and manage your PHP scripts without using the command line. Upgrade to the Special Edition GUI for additional features such as automatic archiving, FTP transfer, and dynamic fields for quick setting of selected project settings as required. Please see the GUI User Guide for more details.

The CI (Continuous Integration) Edition

The CI Edition is designed for users who encode their PHP scripts as part of a continuous integration (CI) pipeline. This edition includes 2 license slots, with the option to purchase more as needed. It also features license activation and deactivation for temporary licenses, as well as daily deactivation and license reallocation following a failed session. These features make it easy to integrate the PHP Encoder into your CI workflow and ensure that your code is always protected.