In e-Commerce flexibility and safety are crucial. That’s why, the Open Source Software has become so popular in the industry.  There are a lot of interesting solutions available in the market. We have decided to bring together the most popular ones:

WooCommerce platform

A WordPress Plugin. Over 6 million of downloads makes an impression. The authors boast that WooCommerce supports nearly 18% of all e-stores. Thanks to its popularity, a couple of renown brands have chosen this WordPress plugin. It is surely enough to implement simple e-shops and the possibility to integrate with the CMS WordPress is a big asset.

WP e-Commerce

This popular software enhancing the functions of the WordPress platform has been developed since 2006. Impressive 3 million downloads in the WordPress store. It’s definitely good for small and simple e-shops.

Jigoshop platform

The last out of WordPress’ e-commerce additions. Before choosing this e-commerce solution, it’s worth comparing it with the two other mentioned above.

OpenCart platform

A  more advanced than the WP plugins solution, with hundreds of ready-to-use integrations payment systems, deliverers, etc. It enables you to create multiple e-shop instances and has some basic functions useful when building B2B solutions. OpenCart has an active community that creates thousands of templates and add-ons.

Drupal Commerce platform

Also Drupal CMS, finally, has it e-Commerce extension – only for Drupal lovers.

VirtueMart platform

It’s one of the most popular e-commerce solutions, being the extension of a CMS system – Joomla, in this case. The solution powers several percent of all e-commerce sites, according to Alexa Top 1 Million .  At the same time, it’s in top 3 softwares, when it comes to migrations to other platforms.

PrestaShop platform

A popular software, especially in Europe, already powering over 200 thousand e-stores. Just like it predecessors, it has been created in PHP. What differentiates it, is the ability to handle digital products (basic one, but still…) The software has already been translated into 65 languages. We  have made a few implementations using PrestaShop, with no significant problems.  It’s the second most popular software companies choose when changing the platform.

Magento Community platform

At present, Magento is the most popular e-commerce software – built on PHP Zend framework, and powering over 25% of e-stores, according to Alexa Top 1 Million. The open source version of the Magento software resembles an Enterprise solution. Its flexible architecture makes it possible to build advanced e-commerce applications. Magento is the product of choice for a number of large companies and the platform is very often an alternative to high-end corporate solutions, like SAP hybris. We ourselves stopped using PrestaShop in favor of Magento. It’s the leader among the platforms that companies migrate to. (Our portfolio of Magento projects).

SpreeCommerce platform

This is the first popular e-commerce platform in RoR, gaining quickly on popularity, as a starting platform, for smaller shops. Gradually, bigger projects are being implemented in Spree. It’s a platform definitely worth following.

osCommerce platform

This, one of the first e-commerce platforms, has been in the market since 2000. Unfortunately, the age does not act in its favor. The archaic structure makes realisation of more demanding projects practically impossible. We have all created e-commerce projects in osCommerce. However, today it doesn’t offer much more than good memories of the old days. At present, it’s the No.1 platform as far as the outward migrations are concerned.

Zen Cart platform

Created in 2003, Zen Cart is a branch of the internet dinosaur, osCommerce. Its very lineage doesn’t invite you to build new e-shops using this software. It still has an active community and a significant market share. However, just after osCommerce, it’s a solution most frequently abandoned in favor of more up-to-date softwares.

SimpleCart platform

An interesting solution based on JS, which makes it possible to operate smoothly even on the busiest sites. It’s an interesting alternative wherever you need to start an e-shop quickly, allowing you to expect big increase in traffic. Quoting its authors: “No databases, no programming, no headaches. A simple javascript shopping cart that you can set up in minutes.”

Thelia platform

An e-commerce framework based on PHP – Symfony 2. A few thousand of shops have already chosen this software. It’s worth watching its development.

Sylius platform

Also based on Symfony 2 framework. This very promising project is developing organically and in pre-beta mode. It already has 600 thousand downloads. Its team is about to introduce a fully functional and stable version 1.0.

Ofbiz platform

It’s an all-inclusive type software offering the following functions: ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), CRM (Customer Relationship Management), E-Business / E-Commerce, SCM (Supply Chain Management), MRP (Manufacturing Resource Planning), MMS/EAM (Maintenance Management System/Enterprise Asset Management), and POS (Point Of Sale). At the same time,  it looks like the 90s software and doesn’t win your love. Unfortunately, we have no information about its implementation reality. If you have experience of Ofbiz, please, leave your comment.

Broadleaf platform

A solution based on Java and Spring Framework technology, it clearly bets on scalability as  a competitive differentiator. Similarly to Magento, it has an Enterprise version offering the producer support.

Konakart platform

Another solution based on Java on our list. Like Broadleaf, it emphasises scalability.  Also, you can purchase the Enterprise version. A few well known brands use this solution.

Pimcore platform

It’s a dynamically evolving CMS based on Zend Framework. It enables multichannel content distribution. Its creators experiment with an e-commerce mode. The future of pimCore is still not entirely clear. However, the potential possibility of combining CMS, PIM and e-commerce functions, makes it worth your attention.

Avactis platform

The newest solution in the line-up.  Since it’s new, we need to wait a bit to see its concept crystallize. Unfortunately, so far, nothing interesting could make it stand out.

H.H.G Multistore platform

In our research, we’ve also come across this oftware, apparently once popular in Germany, which is rather a curio how to use www site to scare a user away. :)

Is there an eCommerce Open Source software missing on our list? Do let us know!  

ps. Not sure what to choose? Just ask us.

Tomasz Karwatka

Supervisory Board Member at Divante. Leading industry voice who believes eCommerce can improve our world. Co-founder of Vue Storefront and Open Loyalty, angel investor, and founder of Tech To The Rescue. CEO at Divante eCommerce Technology Company | LinkedIn | Twitter

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    Your comments on Zen Cart are out of date. Zen Cart is in fact under active and aggressive development, with significant new releases in the last 12 months offering greater security and functionality. In addition, the next major release of the project is on Github and has many active contributors. I encourage you to look at the Zen Cart project again!

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      Thanks! I will!

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      Totally agree

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    I wonder how you made your research. You are missing Abantecart. It is in top 5 reviews in many sites. At the same time osCommerce and ZenCart are dinosaurs.

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      Our starting point was popularity of platform, that why osCommerce and ZenCart are in this blogpost (I agree – dinosaurs). I will definately check Abantecart! Thanks!

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    Just to add to the OFBiz arena. HotWax commerce is the advanced version developed on Apache OFBiz platform and provides a rich user interface and design, being responsive at the same time. For more info please visit:

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    Woo is definitely my pick;)

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    Thank you Tom Karwatka to share Open Source e-Commerce Platforms List

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