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Integration with Softaculous


Softaculous is an easy-to-use auto-installer, which allows the installation of most popular web applications on your site. It provides a large number of PHP scripts and executable files that can be installed on the server.

Ispmanager does not sell licenses, see Softaculous.

Before you install Softaculous, be sure to

  • install PHP posix (progress) and ionCube Loader
  • create a WWW-domain, and select the "Secure connection (SSL)" checkbox to enable secure connections for that WWW-domain.
The plugin is supported only if your server uses a public IP address. Plugin operation on a server behind NAT is not supported.

If some extensions are missing, you will be prompted to install them. After you have installed the plug-in and Softaculous, "Softaculous" will be available in the "Extra applications" module.

Please note: for correct operation of Softaculous you need to activate Nginx and PHP-FPM FastCGI in Settings > Features> WEb-server (WWW) -> Edit.

How to install applications using Softaculous:

Login to ISPmanager as Admin and click the Softaculous menu, which includes a number of useful modules, such as statistics of plug-ins installed by your users. Install plug-ins on a web-server, drill down to the User level and click the Softaculous menu to open the user interface. Select a script and complete the setup steps:

Updating Softaculous scripts

Softaculous is automatically updated every 24 hours. For an immediate update:

  1. Connect to the server via SSH.
  2. Run the Softaculous scripts update:
    php /usr/local/softaculous/cron.php

You can update Softaculous through the web interface under Updates.

Softaculous on ISPmanager Business:

  • Log in to ISPmanager Business as root --> "Integration" --> "Modules". After you have installed the module, a link to Softaculous in the interface menu will be available only for users (it is hidden for admin);
  • Softaculous is installed on all of the cluster nodes with the "Web' role;
  • when installing scripts, Softaculous will create databases on the cluster nodes with user's web-domains. Therefore, the MySQL role must locate on the cluster node with the "Web" role.
  • Softaculous has a number of database limits: a database name cannot exceed 8 symbols, and cannot contain "_". If you enable database prefixes, a CMS won't be installed: "MySQL database not found".

How to change Softaculous URL:

Use the configuration file parameter:

 path softaculous-redirect value — for ISPmanager

The following value is used by default for this parameter:

 path softaculous-redirect https://$nodeip/softaculous/

In this parameter,r you can use the $nodeip macro, which can be changed into the primary IP address of the cluster node.


You can change Softaculous logging settings in the web module.