Installing Softaculous on Cpanel and Direct Admin

In this article I will explain how to install Softaculous on systems running Cpanel or Direct Admin. Softaculous is an Auto Installer that has numerous scripts. Softaculous is suited for Web Hosting companies. Although similar to others, softaculous tends to be faster, since it installs the scripts in a single step. Rather then a few like Fantastico.


The installation process is very simple and straightforward as seen below.


For cPanel


System Requirements: Ensure you have a server running Cpanel


Before you begin the installation process make sure ionCube Loaders are enabled. To do that go to: WHM and click on Tweak Settings. Make sure that ‘Ioncube loader’ is selected.


Next remotely connect (SSH) to your server and enter the following:


# cd /usr/local/cpanel/whostmgr/docroot/cgi

# wget -N

# chmod 755 addon_softaculous.php


Then go to : WHM –> Plugins –> Softaculous – Instant Installs. If the installation was successful, you should see a screen like this:




The final step is simply to wait for the scripts to finish downloading. The status is displayed in an iFrame. Once completed it should be ready to use.


Installing on Direct Admin


System Requirements: Ensure you have a server with Direct Admin.


As with the Cpanel installation. You should make sure that ionCube Loaders are enabled. If you do not then the installation will fail. You can download them at:


Next SSH into your server and enter the following commands:


# cd /usr/local/directadmin/plugins

# wget -N

# chmod 755 install_softaculous.php /usr/local/bin/php /usr/local/directadmin/plugins/install_softaculous.php


Note: The installer will display the installation process on the screen. The scripts will automatically be downloaded as well. Once the entire process has completed, it will be indicated.


That is all there is to installing Softaculous !



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