14 Best Open Source Solutions for Your E-commerce Business in 2024

One of the many advantages the Internet age has given us is the ability to launch and manage businesses online using a virtually unending list of resources that are free, paid, open-source, and proprietary.

Many people are of the notion that they can only run a successful e-commerce platform with expensive tools, plugins, etc. but that is far from the case because there are loads of awesome open-source solutions created for that purpose.

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Today, I bring you a list of the best solutions to set up a personal e-commerce business. They are listed in random order and are all free open source.

1. PrestaShop

PrestaShop is a freemium e-commerce solution that enables users to launch and manage their online business with several tools that enable them to attract visitors, customize their store, conveniently manage products, sell globally, see traffic analytics, etc.


2. OpenCart

OpenCart is an online PHP-based store management system designed specifically for eCommerce websites. Its features include an affiliate program, discount and coupon codes, themes, support for integration with 3rd-party apps, etc.

OpenCart - Open Source eCommerce Platform
OpenCart – Open Source eCommerce Platform

3. WooCommerce

WooCommerce is a free and open-source plugin designed for any size of online merchant using WordPress (also open source). It is loved for several reasons including being easy to use, comprehensive online documentation, and support for integrating with other platforms.


4. X Cart

X Cart is a robust eCommerce platform created with the aim of enabling users to successfully establish businesses online.

It offers 24/7 support, a rich list of features, and integration support for other platforms, as well as a premium offer to those users who want to chip in some cash for enterprise functionality.


5. osCommerce

osCommerce is a free e-commerce and online store management platform with tools for managing your very own self-hosted online store or website with the advantage of securely managing your products and tracking your sales.

osCommerce - Open Source Shopping Cart
osCommerce – Open Source Shopping Cart

6. Zen Cart

Zen Cart is an open-source PHP-based online store management system that simplifies creating online stores and makes interacting with the platform, whether as an administrator or customer, more user-friendly.

It contains 16 categories of 1800+ add-ons with a community of about 150,000 members.

Zen Cart - Open Source Shopping Cart Software
Zen Cart – Open Source Shopping Cart Software

7. CubeCart

CubeCart is a free customizable e-commerce system that enables users to open online websites where they can sell products anywhere in the world.

It offers a plethora of extensions including shipping calculators, payment gateways, etc.

CubeCart - Open Source eCommerce System
CubeCart – Open Source eCommerce System

8. Drupal Commerce

Drupal Commerce is an open-source eCommerce framework used for building flexible e-commerce websites and apps based on Drupal.

It offers several features such as mobile responsiveness, support for integration with 3rd-party software, complete freedom over the visual appearance of websites, etc.

Drupal Commerce - eCommerce Software
Drupal Commerce – eCommerce Software

9. VirtueMart

VirtueMart is a free open-source e-commerce solution designed to be used with Joomla. It offers users 500+ features specific to customers, merchants, developers, and web agencies and is loved for its accessibility.

VirtueMart - eCommerce Solution
VirtueMart – eCommerce Solution

10. Magento Open Source

Magento Open Source is a free and open-source version of Magento that enables users to build and grow unique stores online with ready-to-use extensions and by working with official Magento partners.

Magento Open Source
Magento Open Source

11. Ubercart

Ubercart is a free and open-source e-commerce solution built to enable Drupal users to build a community around the sales of any type of product e.g. eBooks, premium creative content, etc. while maintaining a seamless line of interaction between clients to boost customer satisfaction.


12. Bagisto

Bagisto is a free and open-source Laravel eCommerce platform created to enable users to build and scale their businesses. It features Pure RTL support, product SEO, a multi-store inventory, multiple channels for selling products, and a beautiful user interface that is equally easy to navigate.

Among bagisto’s coolest features is its multi-vendor marketplace which encourages merchants from all over the world to sell products without boundaries, and also its robust documentation for users interested in using it (i.e. the bagisto framework) for development.

Bagisto Laravel eCommerce
Bagisto Laravel eCommerce

13. Spree Commerce

Spree Commerce is an open-source eCommerce platform and one of its favorable strong suits is its mobile-first customizable user experience.

Relied upon by several popular businesses like Diehard, the New England Patriots, Fortnum & Mason, Kenmore, and Craftsman, to mention a few, Spree Commerce is a significant player in the open-source business community.

Some of its popular use cases include a multi-vendor marketplace, a PWA frontend app, a multi-tenant platform, B2B or B2B2C eCommerce, and integrations with 3PL, MailChimp, Segment.com, POS, and Avalara AvaTax.

Spree Commerce - Open Source eCommerce Platform
Spree Commerce – Open Source eCommerce Platform

14. ClicShopping

ClicShopping is another free and open-source store online B2B/B2C application built using PHP and MySQL and designed with the aim of enabling anybody to create a reliable and efficient eCommerce store.

It is probably the oldest software in this list that has managed to stay relevant thanks to its dedicated team of volunteer developers, donations from supporters, and other types of contributions.

ClicShopping is compact, doesn’t require a lot of resources to run, and just like with WordPress, you can install small applications (plugins) to extend its functionality. If you’re familiar with PHP and MySQL then building your B2B/B2C application will be a breeze.

ClicShopping eCommerce Platform
ClicShopping eCommerce Platform

Have you got any suggestions to share with us? Let us know in the comments below.

Divine Okoi is a cybersecurity postgrad with a passion for the open-source community. With 700+ articles covering different topics in IT, you can always trust him to inform you about the coolest tech.

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13 thoughts on “14 Best Open Source Solutions for Your E-commerce Business in 2024”

  1. This is a very good selection of eCommerce shopping carts. One thing I can’t stress enough in 2023 is the need to also think about making it EASY to pay in crypto currencies like Monero (XMR), Bitcoin Cash etc. This is now mandatory!!!

    • Thanks. And while payment with crypto is a idea, many businesses worried about the ethics of Crypto usage might steer away from that.

  2. I don’t see Spree Commerce on your list and it’s a significant player as well as open-source is concerned. Thousands of retailers are using it with success, including some cool American household names like Craftsman, Kenmore, Diehard, the New England Patriots, Chipotle as well as British – Fortnum & Mason.

  3. It is amazing that most all e-commerce recommendations in USA technology
    sites and magazines list exact same applications, most times without
    “any” first hand experience in implementing, expertise or using the applications
    by article authors..

    For example, Magento has had numerous security breaches – even
    until very recently, and those based on Java and only PHP/MSQL suffer
    notable performance and compatibility issues with required integrated
    data stores.

    Experienced research organizations out of Europe and a few in USA
    have consistently rated Shopware – for example – as one of the more
    consistently reliable Shopping carts, with flexible configurations,
    greater scalability and far superior security record to all those
    listed here ,and repeated in most every other “best e-commerce
    of 2019” articles, yet is not in this or any of other list frequently mentioned.

    Simply parroting what some entity claims is most popular, or has
    “most” installations, has no direct relationship to
    sensible decision making reality. “The biggest or the Most”
    has always been the mantra and criteria for judgment here in USA,
    which is not only stupid, but in many cases misses best values.

    • For example, Magento has had numerous security breaches – even until very recently, and those based on Java and only PHP/MSQL suffer notable performance and compatibility issues with required integrated

      data stores.

      THIS is exactly why I can’t wait for eCommerce shopping carts to be created in Go (golang) which should improve execution speed big time. Hopefully it will comparable to the top PHP shopping carts feature wise. This is desperately needed.

      For instance, I like the popular free Dolibar CRM/ERP web app. But its PHP so I would probably choose ERPNext which is Python based so should perform better.

    • Thanks, never heard of Shopware before. The most commonly reviewed apps are often the best as they have been tested several times. This can contribute to how often they show up in reviews/recommendation articles. And because I can imagine that there are other apps which are unpopular, we encourage readers to share their knowledge with us and bring all the cool software that deserves to be listed to light.

  4. Might want to fix your spelling. Magneto is supposed to be “Magento” and they are on version 2.3.1 now, significantly different than 1.8.


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