Custom php.ini with FastCGI and cPanel

You can follow the instructions below to set a custom php.ini file per user when using FastCGI with cPanel on your server.

Step 1 – Make a backup copy of your cPanel PHP wrapper script:

cp -frp /usr/local/cpanel/cgi-sys/php5 /usr/local/cpanel/cgi-sys/php5.bk

Step 2 – Edit the cPanel PHP wrapper script:

vim /usr/local/cpanel/cgi-sys/php5

Add the following line above exec /usr/bin/php:

[[ -f ~/public_html/php.ini ]] && exec /usr/bin/php -c ~/public_html/php.ini

The file should now look like:


# If you customize the contents of this wrapper script, place
# a copy at /var/cpanel/conf/apache/wrappers/php5
# so that it will be reinstalled when Apache is updated or the
# PHP handler configuration is changed

[[ -f ~/public_html/php.ini ]] && exec /usr/bin/php -c ~/public_html/php.ini
exec /usr/bin/php

Step 3 – Now you will want to copy the PHP wrapper script to a more permanent location. This will ensure the settings are saved if you ever recompile Apache.

mkdir -p /var/cpanel/conf/apache/wrappers
cp -frp /usr/local/cpanel/cgi-sys/php5 /var/cpanel/conf/apache/wrappers/php5

Step 4: Now restart Apache for the settings to become active:

service httpd restart

Step 5: In order to verify your settings have been applied you’ll want to create a PHP info script. Create a new file in the public_html folder called info.php and add the following code:


// Show all information, defaults to INFO_ALL


Now when you visit your website and access the newly crated info.php script, you should see your custom php.ini being loaded next to the Loaded Configuration File section


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