obfuscating PHP code

Recently I needed to obfuscate PHP code. Nothing fancy, no bullet-proof protection needed. The goals were:
* complicate removing of license protection by an unexpierenced person, and
* prevent code re-use by a third party.

Few options a found in Google (in no specific order):

* Phrozen – PHP encoder
* iddin – The PHP-Obfuscator
* Thicket(tm) Obfuscator for PHP
* Online PHP obfuscator
* Encode and Obfuscate PHP Scripts
* POBS

The first thing I was able to run was POBS, therefore I continued with it.

I love open source. Having sources, one can tune a tool. In my case, I needed that an obfuscator were able to run from command line. I played a bit with POBS and got success.

Thanks, Mark and Frank, for POBS!

4 Responses to “obfuscating PHP code”

  1. Paul Says:

    Great post thx. Apparently written by a person ‘who loves open source’ ;)

  2. Paul Says:

    Really good post on PHP obfuscation as for someone who ‘loves open source’ ;)

  3. olpa Says:

    Indeed, funny. I’ve noticed the contradiction only now. It made me laugh. Thanks for the comment!

  4. Anne Roberts Says:

    Thanks for sharing a good post on PHP.

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