Steps to install Softaculous on cPanel server

Tags: cPanelioncubeSoftaculousWHM

Published on: March 7, 2017 by Ankita V Kurup

Steps to install Softaculous on cPanel server


Softaculous is a robust, software/script installing program which can be accessed through your control panel. With Softaculous you can install a wide range of scripts with a few clicks including WordPress, Joomla etc. Here I am explaining the steps to enable Softaculous on your cPanel server, so that your clients can enjoy trouble free and easy installation and management of common applications.

How To

The PHP extension IonCubeLoader must be enabled on your server for the Softaculous installation. The IonCubeLoader can be enabled as follows:

Enabling Ioncube

  • Login to WHM (root)
  • Go to Server Configuration -> Tweak Settings -> PHP
  • Select ioncube check box for cPanel PHP loader
  • Click on Save button


That’s it. This will enable Ioncube for you in 3rd party PHP binary.

Now we are going to explain the Softaculous installation steps. The installation is very simple and it has only a few steps.

Method I

From server CLI (Command Line Interface)

Step I : Log into server as root user.

Step II : Download the installation script.

wget -N

Step III : Change the file permission and execute the script.

#chmod 755

Method II

From WHM control panel

Step I : First you need to download the script into the following location:

cd /usr/local/cpanel/whostmgr/docroot/cgi
wget -N


Step II : Change the file permission to executable:

chmod 755 addon_softaculous.php

Step III : Log into WHM and complete the installation via

WHM –> Plugins–> softaculous– Instant Installs


Finally, you can see softaculous listed in a cPanel account as below:

That’s it!!

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Category : cPanel, Howtos, Linux, Softaculous

Ankita V Kurup

Ankita V Kurup

Ankita started her career in the field of Linux System Administration since 2016. She has the ability to build productive relationships, resolve complex issues and win customer loyalty. She loves reading and travelling.

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