Installing ionCube Loader in Windows Server

November 5, 2009 | By

ionCube Loader is a free PHP extension used to decode PHP files encrypted using ionCube’s PHP Encoder. Follow the steps below to install it in a Windows machine.

  1. Download the Windows installer file from
  2. Run the installer and select a temporary folder to extract the files to.
  3. Move the extracted files from the temporary folder to PHP’s extensions folder. If you are using Parallels Plesk the extensions folder is “C:\Program Files\Parallels\Plesk\Additional\php\extensions\”.
  4. Then edit the php.ini file, the path for Parallels Plesk is “C:\Program Files\Parallels\Plesk\Additional\pleskphp5\php.ini”, and add the following lines at the end:

    zend_extension_ts =”<php extensions folder>\ioncube_loader_win_<php version>.dll”

    <php extensions folder> is the path extensions folder
    <php version> is the first and second parts of the version

    For example this is what you’ll add for PHP 5.2:

    zend_extension_ts =”C:\php\extensions\ioncube_loader_win_5.2.dll”

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