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Using custom PHP extensions (SourceGuardian Loader example)

You can use custom PHP extensions on our hosting servers. The only requirement is that the extension should be compatible with the operating system of the server (Linux 64-bit) and the PHP version configured for your domain/subdomain. To use a custom PHP extension, you should upload it to the Private directory of your hosting account and add the absolute path to the extension file in your PHP configuration (php.ini) for your domain/subdomain as follows:

extension = /home/your_username/private/custom.extension

Note: You should replace your_username with your hosting Control Panel's username and custom.extension with the exact file name and location of the custom extension in your account.

You can edit the main PHP configuration file for your domain/subdomain via the PHP Settings section of the hosting Control Panel. If you would like to learn more about the PHP configuration files supported on our servers, please check our article on PHP configuration files and priority.

Installing SourceGuardian

If you wish to load PHP files encrypted with SourceGuardian, you need to install SourceGuardian Loader. Step-by-step instructions on the installation process are available below:

  1. Create a PHP file (e.g. phpinformation.php) with the following content in the domain/subdomain where you wish to use the SourceGuardian Loader:

    <?php
        phpinfo();
    ?>

    You can create the file using the File Manager interface of the hosting Control Panel.

  2. You can get the SourceGuardian Loader compatible with the PHP version set for your domain using the SourceGuardian Loader Assistant. In the Loader Assistant page, you should enter the URL of the PHP file created in the previous step (e.g. http://your_domain.com/phpinformation.php) and click on the Detect button. Download the provided SourceGuardian Loader file to your computer, then upload it to the Private directory of your hosting account. You can upload the file using the File Manager interface of the hosting Control Panel.

  3. Add the following line to the PHP configuration file (php.ini) for your domain/subdomain:

     extension = /home/your_username/private/custom_extension
    Note: You should replace your_username with your hosting Control Panel username and custom_extension with the exact name of the SourceGuardian Loader file you downloaded (e.g. the name of the SourceGuardian Loader extension for PHP 7.4 is ixed.7.4.lin).

    The main PHP configuration files for your domains/subdomains can be edited via the PHP Settings section of the hosting Control Panel. You can find more information about PHP configuration files in our PHP configuration files and priority article.

  4. If FPM is the PHP handler for your domain/subdomain, you should reload the FPM Master process for the new extension to be loaded correctly.

  5. To verify that the SourceGuardian Loader is installed successfully, open the SourceGuardian Loader Assistant page again, enter the URL of the PHP file created in the first step (e.g. http://your_domain.com/info.php), and click on the Detect button. The following message should be displayed:

    The latest version of SourceGuardian loader is already installed in your system and it is ready to run protected scripts.