In this article, I’ll show you how to enable allowurlinclude PHP setting on ServerPilot and then modify any core variables which you could not do by using the .user.ini file. So let’s get started, there are only three steps to follow.

Step 1:

Add a file named phpinfo.php with the following code:

   // Show all information, defaults to INFO_ALL

   // Show just the module information.
   // phpinfo(8) yields identical results.

Once you added that file, go to your website URL ( to see the PHP information.

php-7.1.14 screenshot

In the above image, you can see that my app uses PHP version 7.1.14. Now that I know the PHP version let’s get to step 2.

Step 2:

You need ssh access to the ServerPilot server. Once you accessed the server run this command: sudo su

This command will give you root level access and now you can tweak anything. So navigate to the etc directory on the server and type ls and you’ll see something like the following image:

list directories with command line

Notice that there are multiple versions of PHP that are installed, your’s may vary. Now since my app is using a php1.X version of PHP I need to cd into the PHP 1.X version in the ssh (serverPilot) has different naming style but trust me if you know your PHP version you’ll hit the right file right away.

Let’s get into the php7.1-sp folder by typing cd php7.1-sp then cd fpmpools.d and there you’ll see files named as your app’s name. Get into the folder named as your app. My app’s name is one so I have a folder named one.d so I’ll do cd one.d.

Create a file there calls it settings.conf by running this command: touch settings.conf and edit the file with any command line editor that is available to you by running nano settings.conf or vim settings.conf. Add the line php_value[allow_url_include] = 1 and save the file.

Step 3:

Restart your PHP service for the app by running this command sudo service php7.1-fpm-sp restart. Open the phpinfo.php file on your website again and search for allow_url_include. You’ll see it’s enabled now.