Installing Softaculous on a cPanel Server

Posted on March 15th, 2018

cPanel is one of the most popular server management system available on the internet. When you purchase a shared hosting with cPanel, you always get Softaculous in the hosting plan. It is because Softaculous is installed on the cPanel server. Softaculous is an auto-installer that you and your customers can use to install different applications without doing any manual work. It is fast too, you just have to enter the database information and admin login information to install almost any kind of application on the domain name.

Installing softaculous on the cPanel server is an easy process. It might take up to 5-10 minutes to install Softaculous on a cPanel server. But we just have to download and execute the Softaculous installation script. But, as we have to install new things on the server, we need root access to the server. If you do not have root access, you can also log in as a user with sudo privileges.

In this tutorial, I am going to show you How to install Softaculous auto-installer on the cPanel server. So, Let’s get started with the tutorial.

Install Softaculous on cPanel Server

Softaculous runs on the Ioncube module of PHP. It means that we have to install and configure the ioncube extension on our server. To enable the ioncube extension, execute the following command on your server as a root user. If you are logged in as a normal user with sudo privileges, add sudo after all these commands.

# whmapi1 set_tweaksetting key=phploader value=ioncube

Or, you can also enable it from WHM, Go to WHM and navigate to the Tweak settings option. Once you have enabled the ioncube, you are ready to download and install Softaculous installation script. To do that, execute the following commands on your server.

# wget -N
# chmod 755
# ./

Let’s understand these commands. The first command is used to download the installation script from Softaculous. The chmod command is used to make it executable. And the third command is used to execute the installation script.

The process will go on for 5 to 10 minutes after the execution is started. Once it is completed, you will see a success message. So, this is how you can install and configure Softaculous on the cPanel server. If you have any questions or queries regarding this method, please let us know in the comment section given below. We are happy to help!

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