A “Gotcha” When Installing Magento EE 1.8

I have been running various Magento Community Editions on my Debian servers with Nginx, PHP-FPM & MySQL without any problems for some time, but I today I ran into some trouble installing Magento Enterprise Edition 1.8! I really had no idea what was happening because php was doing that annoying blank page thing and no errors were being logged anywhere. It wasn’t until I happened across a random forum post that my memory was jogged:

Magento Enterprise Edition requires Ioncube PHP Encoder due to some compiled “Enterprise Level” modules. Duh!

Anyhow, here’s a quick step-by-step guide to installing Ioncube on Debian Squeeze (6.0) with an nginx, php-fpm & mysql stack:

First, browse to the Ioncube loaders download page and download the appropriate Ioncube package for your operating system. Probably x86 32bit or x86-64 64bit. I’m using the 64bit version.

Next, run the following commands:

$ cd ~
$ wget http://downloads2.ioncube.com/loader_downloads/ioncube_loaders_lin_x86-64.tar.gz
$ tar -zxvf ioncube_loaders_lin_x86-64.tar.gz
$ sudo mv ioncube /usr/local/

Now based on whichever version of PHP you’re running, shove an “ioncube.ini” into PHP’s conf.d directory. I’m using PHP 5.3.x:

sudo echo "zend_extension=/usr/local/ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_5.3.so" > /etc/php5/conf.d/ioncube.ini

If you don’t know what version you’re running, you should probably hire someone who knows what they’re doing. Now if you’re just having a bad day, you can check which version of PHP-CLI is installed by running the following command:

$ php -v
PHP 5.3.5-0.dotdeb.1 with Suhosin-Patch (cli) (built: Jan 11 2011 09:08:22) 
Copyright (c) 1997-2009 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v2.3.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2010 Zend Technologies
    with Suhosin v0.9.32.1, Copyright (c) 2007-2010, by SektionEins GmbH

So, for the PHP 5.3.5 package that is installed on our machine, I will install the “ioncube_loader_lin_5.3.so” PHP module.

Alternatively, you can also check your PHP version by browsing to a PHP script file (say: “php_install_info.php”) with the following line of code in it:

Finally, restart PHP-FPM:

$ sudo /etc/init.d/php5-fpm restart
Gracefully shutting down php5-fpm . done
Starting php5-fpm  done

Bam! You should have a working version of Ioncube to use with Magento Enterprise 1.8!

Mike Walker

Mike is a full-stack web developer with 15 years experience. I focus on PHP & Javascript development, and work with platforms like Shopify Plus and WooCommerce eCommerce. The Agency Developer is a weekly curated newsletter with a mission to inform and educate developers working with digital agencies.

Leave a Reply

Close Menu