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Top 5 open source shopping carts

February 5th, 2009

1) Zen cart

Language: PHP

In terms of features and large community support , zen cart is the best open source shopping cart. It is also based on Oscommerce, an open source shopping cart writen in March 2000.

  • multiple customer modes
  • multiple sales and discounts
  • multiple ad banner controller
  • multiple shipping options/modules
  • newsletter manager
  • gift certificates

The one complaint I have with all of the oscommerce-based shopping carts is the lack of a proper template and module system. Because module code is not separated from template/cart code, when there are security updates, you need to manually make these changes.

2) Magento

Language: PHP

  • Multi-language support
  • Built-in API for easy integration with 3rd-party services
  • Auto-generated Site Map
  • Newsletter Management
  • One-Page Checkout
  • Create one or multiple invoices, shipments and credit memos per order to allow for split fulfillment

Magento is a great shopping cart. However, it doesn’t have as large of a community (or as many user contributions/modules) as some of other open source e-commerce solutions.

3) Prestashop
Language: PHP


  • Product Cross-selling
  • Google Checkout module
  • Multiple-recipient contact form
  • PDF customer invoice
  • RSS feed
  • Affiliate program

4) Cubecart
Language: PHP


  • Default Templates are valid XHTML & CSS
  • Customer Order History
  • Product Image Gallery
  • Email Marketing
  • Inventory Stock Control
  • Multiple Tax Classes

5) Agoracart
Language: Perl


  • Store-wide designs stored in main Header and Footer files
  • CSS (cascading style sheets) controls over most aspects of the cart design
  • Order forms are in HTML for ease of customization
  • Javascript like language called AgoraScript; allowing for the use of PERL in store parsed pages (those displayed by the AgoraCart) for greater flexibility of design and function
  • Supports an unlimited number of categories
  • Items can be marked individually as tax exempt
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