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Installation of Softaculous in Plesk and cPanel

Softaculous offers a huge number of scripts which can be installed by the popular „Auto Installer“ under the Plesk and cPanel administration. For Plesk you can activate Softaculous only on a Linux operating system. The free version gives you access to more than 50 scripts whereas the fee-based, fully-licensed version offers around 450 scripts. An overview of the supported scripts can be found here.

Procedure under Plesk

For Plesk 12.0+ versions

The installation of Softaculous under Plesk can be performed by just a few clicks. Please login to your Plesk Control panel with your root user. Afterwards go to the "Server Management -> Extensions" page and click on the "Extensions Catalog" tab. Once done you can search for Softaculous and click on the "Install" button.

Once you have finished the installation of Softaculous you can find it under the "My Extensions" tab.

Please take note that the free version of Softaculous is installed per default. In case that you need the full license for Softaculous, you can order it directly in the "My Extensions" tab next to Softaculous under the "Buy" button.

For older versions of Plesk please use the following procedure for the installation of Softaculous:

1. ionCube loader activation

Befor you start with the activation of the ionCube loader, you have to check if this one is not already installed and enabled on your server.

To check the ionCube version please connect to your server via SSH as root and use the following command:

find / -name 'ioncube_loader_*'

To check if the ionCube loader is activated you can use the following command:

php -m | grep -i ioncube

2. Installation of Softaculous

When the ionCube loader is activated you can continue with the installation of Softaculous. Therefore please take care that you have enabled POSIX. You can check this by executing the following command:

php -m | grep -i posix

In case that POSIX is not enabled, you can enable it in „Tools & Settings“ → „PHP Settings“ → Please select the related PHP handler and continue with the next steps. Once you have taken care that POSIX is enabled, please connect to your server via SSH as root and execute the following commands:

wget -N http://files.softaculous.com/install.sh
chmod 755 install.sh

Once the commands are executed the installer will start with the installation process of Softacoulous. During the installation scripts will be downloaded and the download activity will be shown on the screen. Afterwards you can select Softaculous in your Plesk administration.

Procedure under cPanel/WHM:

1. ionCube loader activation

To activate the ionCube loader on your cPanel administration please follow the steps below:
* Login to WHM (root)
* Got 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.


2. Installation of Softaculous

Once you have activated the ionCube loader you have to connect to your server via SSH as root and execute the following commands:

wget -N http://files.softaculous.com/install.sh
chmod 755 install.sh

Afterwards go to WHM > Plugins > Softaculous – Instant Installs

The following webpage should open if the installation was successful:


There you can purchase the fully licensed version, if required.

General information about Softaculous

More detailed information about Softaculous and an overview of the current apps can be found using the links below:


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Snapshot feature for the new VPS SSD

As a feature, the new VPS SSD models from Contabo provide a snapshot function. Using the menu item „VPS control“ in the customer control panel at my.contabo.com, you can perform a snapshot of the current status of your VPS SSD at any time. This snapshot can be restored again at a later time. Therefore, snapshots are the perfect solution to save the current status of your VPS SSD before performing a bigger update. In case that after the update you should have problems with your VPS SSD, you can restore the previous state with only one click.

To create a snapshot of the current state of your VPS SSD, follow the steps below:

Please login to your customer control panel at https://my.Contabo.com. Use your e-mail address as the login name and enter your password. Afterwards click at the "Login" button. You have to take care about not to enter any blank spaces, which can also happen by mistake when you enter your password with copy & paste.

If you encounter problems logging in, please use the link "Please click here if you forgot your password or your login" and follow the instructions. For security reasons you can only retrieve a new password using this link, we cannot create a new password for you.

As soon as you have performed the login into your customer control panel, you can create a snapshot of your VPS SSD in the menu item „VPS control“.


Please press the snapshot button at the right end of the VPS bar. You will receive the following overview:


Here you have to press the button „Create Snapshot“. Afterwards the system will create a snapshot of the current status of your VPS SSD, which has to be named by you.


As soon as you have performed the snapshot, you will receive a confirmation.


Under the button „Snapshots“ you will also find a listing of the active snapshots.


As soon as you have created and named the snapshot, you will be able to use the following functions:

„Rename“ → If you want, you can rename the snapshot.

„Rollback“ → Replay the snapshot on your VPS SSD.

„Delete“ → Delete the selected snapshot.

To replay a snapshot, you have to select the related snapshot and press the button „Rollback“. Afterwards a pop-up window will open in which you will be informed about the effects of the rollback. As soon as you click on the „Start“ button, the snapshot will be replayed to your VPS SDD.


At the end you will get a notification that the snapshot was replayed.


Once you perform a rollback of your snapshots you have to be aware, that each older snapshot will automatically delete all more recent snapshots during the rollback. In this case you will get a warning. As soon as you have performed the rollback, you can use your VPS again in the same state your VPS had been when the snapshot had been performed. Please also take note, that during the rollback all current data and settings on your VPS SSD will be deleted. It is also not possible to rollback only individual data from the snapshot. In any case the snapshot has to be replayed completely.

Furthermore you have to be aware of the fact that snapshots will not be stored indefinitely. After a period of 30 days the snapshots will be removed. The exact date for the „Auto-Deletion“ can be found in the customer control panel.

Depending on the VPS SSD model you have chosen, a different number of snapshots which you can store at the same time is availabe:


Performing a snapshot, you do not have to take care about the disk space usage. The space for the snapshot will not be deducted from the disk space of your VPS SSD, but will be stored in additional space.

You can order you new VPS with 100% SSD and Snapshots right here!

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