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Professional Open Source E-Shop for Free with Magento

Posted · Category: eCommerce, License Free

Have you thought of buidling your own e-shop, selling different kind of items on the internet? We are not talking about ebay or Shopify. This is absolutely free and open-source, you can install it on your own server. Magento is a new professional open-source eCommerce solution offering unprecedented flexibility and control. With Magento, never feel trapped in your eCommerce solution again. This web application is genius, I would never believe it is an open-source project.

  • Unlimited flexibility and no constraints
  • Completely Scalable Architecture
  • Professional and Community Support
  • Smooth Integration with 3rd party apps
  • Cutting Edge Features


Try the frontend yourself , explore how a Magento-driven store might look to your customer and test some of the features. Get a feel for it by going through the checkout process, tagging a product or leaving a review. You can zoom in and out of the product.


In the backend (Admin Username: admin Password: 123123), see how easy it is to do things like add product attributes, set up promotions or manage a catalog. The user interface is stunning.


Requirements: Apache Web Server (1.x or 2.x), PHP 5.2.0+, MySQL 4.1.20+
Frontend Demo: http://demo.magentocommerce.com/
Backend Demo: http://demo-admin.magentocommerce.com/(Admin Username: admin Password: 123123)
License: Open Software License (OSL 3.0)

  • Rob

    I’ve had a quick look through the front and back-ends, this actually looks very good. Lots of advanced store functionality you wouldn’t expect from a free solution. Good find!

  • Ray Cheung

    @ Rob
    Very true. I was really excited when I found this great web application. This application is excellent that I would even pay for it if it is not free. I am sure I will use it in the future. ;)

  • V.Hormazabal

    I`m very excited with this new ecommerce script too and I will use it in the future, look very good, I am happy now :)

  • Needless to say, this is gonna be making a lot sparkle. I can’t wait to use this, thanks Webappers for sharing this 8)

  • allan

    Wow… at last an XHTML open-source ecommerce. Thanks webappers, I will use it in one of my project :)

  • Whoa! That’s a wonderful find. I’m definitely taking advantage of that software. I wonder what I would sell though, haha.

  • Really, its a great sharing. Now, I am thinking that what should I start selling now online so then I can use this e-commerce app :)

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  • The latest version is available for download. Good news, the biggest highlight of the release is PayPal integration and multi-lingual support. :-)

  • aguy

    very nice but it’s not ready to use. great find and review but readers should know it’s not a final release and is unstable.

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  • Aguy – why do you say it’s unstable? I realise it’s still under development, but has it given you some problems?

  • Alberto

    Hi!, Do you need a server for you to manage it, or it is possible to use this if i have my web page with a web hoster??

  • Malik


    aguy – you said it’s not ready to use. I was thinking to use it for my next project. Have you tried it and had issue with it ?

    It will be great if you can share it with all of us. Thanks

  • Looks interesting, I will check it out. Thanks for the reference.

  • We´ve tested the latest release 0.8.17240 of Magento. Wow – that´s the kind of open-source-shop that we´re waiting for a long time and I´m sure we´re not alone. Clear software-architectur, easy to modify and full of nice features. We´re sure that Magento will be the Benchmark for open-source-shops in the near future. The final release should be available within the next few weeks. Thank you guys!

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  • Jim S

    Hold on Magento :
    1-has not been tested as much as the others for bugs.
    2- is unusable in the shared hosting environment(you need a semi-dedicated VPS server at least). way too heavy.

  • vimal


  • I tried it and now I really have some customers with this e-commerce solution, better than oscommerce for sure.


  • Slavo

    Looks great, front and backend but is extremely hard to use if you want to apply it to the real world e.g. create products with different colours and sizes.

    high end features are all there but the basics have been left behind. have it installed for 2 months now and still not gone live because a lot of it is trial and error due to the lack of documentation.

    I am still keen on using it but will abandon it soon as it is too much to support for any client. I rather have less features and more simplicity.

  • samster

    After hearing about Magento, I decided to check it out and I have to agree with Matt. Magento does have impressive features, but it is incredibly hard to understand & work with. And to make things worse, it has very little documentation & forum support.

    To be honest, I think they’re just out to make money. They aren’t doing it out of the true spirit of open source. I wouldn’t be surprised if they started charging for the source code because they seem to be charging for everything else. I actually read that they were going to make a “Premium” Magento which will be for sale & released under a commercial license. WHAT A SURPRISE!! It just goes on to show their true intentions.

    Anyways, overall, Prestashop has my vote right now. It is less complicated to use, has extensive developer & user documentation & community support. It has amazing features that can get the job done & keep your customers and clients coming back. With the new features prestashop has planned for the near future, it’s a matter of time before it trumps magento.

    If you enjoy working through trial & error, then go with Magento. But if you’re like me and you just want an advanced e-commerce solution that’s easy to use and understand, save yourself a headache and go with Prestashop. You’ll be happy you did.

  • MarGera

    samster i have just tried out Prestashop’s demo page and the layout is all over the place and not displaying correct in two broswer! Also when you say that Magento is charging people what exactly is that for?


  • I’ve been following Magento for nearly 6 months now and finally decided to use it for a client’s e-commerce project.

    I will say that there are both pros and cons.


    FREE – Can’t beat that. And you won’t find this much power in any free/open source script.

    Fully Featured – Straight out of the box it does almost everything you could want to do. Everything.

    Modular Code – Lots of new code to learn. Uses a deep template system that once learned is great. However, its not intuitive by any means.

    Great for Client – Backend is easy to use AND powerful! Many reports to track how your business is doing.

    Stable – Haven’t found any glitches or bugs. Works like it should even though its just a hatchling in the ecommerce platform realm.


    Heavy – Lots of code. Slow load times.

    Documentation – Sucks. Nevertheless, it is still a new platform and it should get better.

    Install – Not the easiest to install on your server. Make sure to use your host’s error logs and check your files and folders permissions. Magento is picky.

    In the end, I say the pros greatly outweigh the cons. There is no other solution like this that is free. I recommend it to everyone and my client loves it.

  • @Sayler: There are almost always pro´s and con´s. In my opininon in case of Magento there are far more pro´s than con´s. It is true, that the architecture is not that simple, but this is one of the reasons for a lot of other advantages like flexiblity, scalability etc. Magento is like a lot of other software-tools: modern software tends to be full of features and very flexible but also more complex.

  • samster is right on…this is a very clever commercial project under guise of “open source”! They charge $200 a month for phone support! REally?? get real…I can buy a hosted ecommerce solution (volusion) which is used by some very big names in the retail world and pay less than that ($100 per month).

    so this is really for someone with lots of money…sorry…

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