10 best opensource shopping carts

There are plenty of paid solutions for creating an ecommerce website, but there is also a wide choice of free, scalable and robust opensource shopping cart scripts available. I will mansion the best 10 of them right here below.




Magento is a very professional shopping cart system, supporting SEO friendly URLS and a lot of extras which you normally wouldn’t get in an opensource script. It offers easy installation, clean coding and simple template customization as well as unlimited pages, products and customers. A wide range of payment gateways are supported as well as a lot of shipping options are built-in.


jCart is a free Ajax shopping cart that’s easy to install and customize.

Based on jQuery and PHP, jCart handles visitor input without reloading the page and is fully functional even without javascript.


Ubercart is an open source e-commerce solution fully integrated with the leading open source content management system, Drupal, winner in two categories of the Packt Publishing 2008 Open Source CMS Awards. This is a killer combination for anyone looking to build a community around a product, sell access to premium content, offer paid file downloads, and much more, all while maintaining a seamless connection to your users.

Prestashop is a really robust, feature rich shopping cart with a vibrant community and lot of features which you normally get only for a paid shopping cart solution. Probably one of the best choices out there.


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.

Cubecart is a free shopping cart solution, but the new version v4 is no longer opensource but you have to pay for it if you want to upgrade. Cubecart has a wide range of supported payment gateways and is pretty straight-forward if you are not yet similar with shopping cart systems. Definitely a good choice if you want a simple shopping cart solution.

osCommerce is the “grandfather” of all open source shopping cart solutions. This is probably the most feature rich shopping cart solution available, there are plenty of plugins available to extend it for nearly any usage. Also the community is very helpful if you run into troubles.

AgoraCart is a very popular shopping cart solution written in Perl/Mysql. Despite the pretty complicated Perl-Language, the installation and the customization is pretty easy, as there is a good installation guide and as well a nice css-editor available which makes it possible to edit your templates right from online from your browser.

If you are more a designer rather then developer, then zencart is for you. It allows really easy customization through XHTML-templates, also has a newsletter manager, gift certificates, banner manager…. There are also a lot of addons available to easily extend the functionallity.

Storesprite is free as long as you don’t remove the copyright. It features easy installation, simple customization and a lot of features which are right build into the core installation. It also supports a wide rang of payment gateways and sweet features like customer ratings and comments.

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18 thoughts on “10 best opensource shopping carts

  1. I like using Magento and osCommerce. They are the best shopping cart program that I have used so far.

    Also, it is important to read reviews by other webmasters so that you will be able to have ample idea on each program and eventually finally decide which one fits for you best.

  2. I highly recommend ZenCart. It is much easier than other carts for PHP beginners to customize and use. 🙂

  3. Great list though the choice is not limited only to these ten. But it is hard to keep track of all the shopping carts on the market.

    You should concentrate on smth particular. E.g. CubeCart – it’s a reliable solution for your business. You can easily switch to this solution with cart2cart web service. It automates data migration to cube cart http://www.shopping-cart-migration.com

  4. Great list here – we use Magento with 99% of our clients – they have the best marketing platform in my humble opinion, and updates are a synch! Thanks again, we’ll try some of these other solutions perhaps in 2010 as some of the more “infant” platforms continue to evolve.

  5. Ok guys. I have my own website which included a free shopping cart. However, it is configured with my credit card merchant. I have some auction listings. How do I send the winning bidders to my checkout page or create a separate shopping cart for that specifically. do no say paypal please. paypalsucks.com I have my own independent credit card merchant. i just need help

  6. Wow, thanks so much for the list. My mind has been on an online shop lately in which I´ll need a shopping cart of course. I didn´t know where to begin though, and I was thinking of paying for one.

    Now I´m thinking that maybe I could use an opensource one, and do it myself, or alternatively ask a buddy to help me with it.
    Either way, it seems like a cheaper and better alternative.

  7. I tried OSCommerce but was put off by its security issues, complex code & slow release cycles. As an alternative option for you, I ended up using DLGuard (http://tinyurl.com/dlguardlearn) for its multiple payment processor support, security and automation. I put up a full review at sell eBooks and software online.

    While its not free like the others on your list – you get what you pay for, and for me the download sales security is worth paying for!

  8. Does anyone have a lot of experience with OpenCart around here? I’ve installed the latest version and so far, it seems very good!

    I am, however, shocked at the number of updates OpenCart has released in the last week and a half. They went from 1.4.0 to 1.4.4. in like 10 days! Way too much, if you ask me.

  9. I’ve heard a lot of good stuffs regarding presta shop. I guess it’s pretty competitive when it comes to features of shopping carts especially for multiple sites.

  10. Have u tried TomatoCart? It’s really cool!
    I specially like its admin panel which is web desktop style. So amazing! I do hate complicated settings, but TomatoCart is easy-to-use.

  11. EasyStoreHosting is best Online E-Commerce Store creation software.

    I have tried it, and it genuinely works.
    The best thing is that provide “technical support service” free of cost.
    So you have to do anything by yourself, just shoot a mail to them, they will do it for you.

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