If you are planning to develop your own shopping cart, you have to look at many features like SEO friendly, Better Inventory Management, Dashboard, Integration of Payment gateways, Forum Support and Source Code. Here is the list of Opensource PHP MYSQL based shopping carts which will help to launch shopping carts even without having complete technical knowledge. If you are aware of the basic programming tools that should be sufficient to launch your own shopping cart.  All the below shopping carts can be tested in the local system by installing wamp server.

Top 5 PHP MYSQL opensource shopping carts are :


Demo:  Opencart Demo
System Requirement: Any Hosting with PHP, MYSQL, Apache.


Opencart is the very simple, easy to install and best for beginners who are trying opensource shopping cart for the first time. It requires minimal technical  knowledge and offers many features like adding unlimited categories, products, Multi store, Multi Language and Multi currency. It is easy to integrate with  payment gateways and option available to change Tax Rates as per the Geo Zones. It allows Guest checkout so that customers dont have to register the site and purchase. The  shopping cart can be extended with advanced functionality using the Premium and Free Opencart Extensions. For using Extension, VQMod is required which makes the easy installation of  Extensions in few simple steps.


Demo:  Magento demo
System Requirement: Any Hosting with PHP, MYSQL, Apache or Nginx, Linux OS.


The Magento shopping cart is trusted by more than 125000 businesses & used by many leading brands. It is owned by eBay Inc & provides different type of editions  based on Developers, Medium and Large Business. For Medium and Large Business there are premium charges to be paid to get the fully functional support from Magento  and added benefits. The Free download comes with code level access which can be customized as per the needs. Magento has many features which makes the online purchase easy with  powerful search capabilities, there are tools to retain customers using Promotions, custom coupons, Product suggestions and also the tools to attract loyal customers using customer  rewards,gift cards,store credits features.


Demo:  Prestashop demo
System Requirement: Any Hosting with PHP, MYSQL, Apache or Microsoft ISS Web server


Prestashop is the very popular, fast and easy to use Opensource Shopping cart. It comes with more than 300 features that can be easily integrated in the tool.  Prestashop allows you to sell downloadable products such as movies, software, music with the ability providing download or email link once the product is  purchased.  The navigation is SEO Friendly and each URL can be customized to add product names or colors which allows users to search from search engines and land  directly on the specific product. Prestashop features one-page checkout to quickly purchase product making it simple and user friendly to customers.

Zeus cart:

Demo:  Zeuscart demo
System Requirement: Any Hosting with PHP, MYSQL, Apache Web server


Zeus cart is completely customizable shopping cart with loads of powerful features and launch cart with minimal efforts. Zeus Cart is known for it Richly  interface, security and multiple payment gateway support.The Admin tool is AJAX based UI which enables  the searching easy and includes orders, products,  categories & product reviews. Zeus cart supports integration with payment gateways, some of them are Paypal, 2checkout, Google checkout, worldpay, Safepay. It  supports uploading the products and images in bulk in just single click.


Demo:  Zencart showcase directory
System Requirement: Any Hosting with PHP, MYSQL, Apache.


Zencart is built on foundation of OScommerce GPL. It is very flexible & offers simple installation. It comes with wide range of free and paid templates which  can be easily customized. It contains loads of free add-ons to add advanced functionality to the ecommerce and contains features of adding products, creating  attributes with making changes in colors, sizes of the products and create featured & special products. It comes with wide range of payment gateways and offers easy  integration.

Suggested Reading : Payment Gateways in India

There are many tools available in open source ecommerce CMS shopping cart category, even if you don’t launch your shopping carts its worth learning these tools.

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Last Updated on December 12, 2014

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