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OpenCart – Open Source PHP Shopping Cart System

Posted · Category: eCommerce, GPL License

OpenCart is an open source PHP-based online shopping cart system. A robust e-commerce solution for Internet merchants with the ability to create their own online business and participate in e-commerce at a minimal cost.

OpenCart is designed feature rich, easy to use, search engine friendly and with a visually appealing interface. It is not as pretty as Magento, but it is still a very good alternative of paid shopping cart system. Now, log on to the administration section to see how the back-end works with Username: demo / Password: demo.


Visit the live demonstration site to get a feel for how OpenCart works. This is simple template populated with some sample products and cateogries.


Requirements: Apache, PHP 5+ and MySQL
Demo: http://www.opencart.com/demonstration
(Username: demo / Password: demo)
License: GPL License

  • There has been an incredible explosion of development in this area this year; I guess everyone has realized that there is still a lot of opportunity in this space. It will be interesting to see how OpenCart, Magento and StoreSuite do against more established PHP carts such as Zen and osCommerce.

  • Andrew

    I’ve never trusted osCommerce after knowing one of the developers on the team – he was a complete script kiddy. These carts are a great alternative.

    Where’s the asp.net open source stuff like this?!?

  • Ray Cheung


    http://www.comersus.com/ is not open source but free to use. ;)

  • looks like a customised version of joomla with the admin views and menu setup.

    looks sweet though. at the moment i use drupal with modules which works ok but not a very friendly solution for clients and some payment methods.

  • Good post. Shopping cart software is really beginning to evolve now to meet the customers needs.

  • Seb

    I have tried http://www.osCommerce.com, then switched to http://www.comersus.com , an open source cart with free download that can be installed in Windows servers. Comersus is better, unless you are a programming guru that preffer linux.

  • OpenCart very good, but difficult to configure on mode_rewrite. Any one could help.

  • I am getting difficult to configure to search engine friendly.

  • You might initially be frightened away by the date listed on the “current” download of OpenCart. However, the info on the home page is just wrong. The current release of OpenCart is 0.7.8 and was released in July of 2008 (not October of 2007 like the home page says).

    The next version is currently at release candidate 2 and should be finalized within a month or so. Also, there are some very cool contribs including one that deals with search engine optimization, so that should take care of Mom Bun Heng’s complaint.

  • PETER Tomson

    Opencart now have new version current release 1.2.7. I download it last night, it really easy, clean and powerful shopping cart system! It free and have all features!

  • Liam

    OpenCart v.1 < is OpenCart Zero. OpenCart v1.2.8 is the latest version. Community is alright but there is almost zero documentation and the code isn’t commented. The current version is fairly stable but has a long ways to go. Only one person develops this cart (Daniel) and he’s quite secretive about it and gives a bit of a cold-shoulder to anyone who wants to volunteer to help. If you require support from the admins, be prepared to flatter – they are not very receptive of any kind of criticism and there have been occasions where Daniel and the others show a bit of… over-reactive unprofessionalism.

  • PETER Tomson

    oh…daniel was so helpful to me, he only over-reactive sometime, but anyway, he is a very good developer!

  • Hey you should see some of the emails i have been getting.

    people think they can blackmail me into creating modiufcations for them for free.

    I get people telling me they would not use my shopping cart if i don’t implement a payment module for them or some other feature.

    They don’t see why they should pay some money for features.

  • i agree with that opencart is not good then Magento but its shopping cart system is still a very good

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