Open source ecommerce platforms offer businesses an inexpensive and customizable option for launching an online store. Many of open source platforms also have active support communities and scalability, for growth.
Here is a list of 20 open source ecommerce platforms. There are new and established platforms, with both core features and contributed add-ons. Many of these open source community solutions also have enterprise platforms for larger players.
WooCommerce: WooCommerce is the most popular ecommerce platform, with nearly 31 million downloads powering approximately one-fourth of all online stores. Originally a developer of WordPress themes, WooCommerce is built on the WordPress framework. WooCommerce is highly customizable, with over 400 official extensions and many plugins.
WP eCommerce. WP eCommerce is another popular ecommerce platform built for WordPress. Choose from free gateways such as ProPay, PayPal, and Worldpay, or choose premium payment gateways such as Stripe and Authorize.Net. WP eCommerce has a wide variety of features, including built-in marketing tools, multi-tier pricing, built-in shipping tools, and integration with popular couriers.
OpenCart. OpenCart is a free open source platform written in PHP. The OpenCart marketplace features over 13,000 modules and themes to start and expand a business. OpenCart also has an active community for support, with more than 110,000 registered members and more than 550,000 posts.
Drupal Commerce. Drupal Commerce is an open source ecommerce platform built on Drupal 7, a content management system. It offers a complete product administration system, shopping cart, and checkout form. It supports multiple languages and currencies out of the box, with additional ecommerce features and usability enhancements provided by contributed modules.
Spree Commerce. Spree Commerce began as an open source ecommerce platform in 2008. Almost 500 developers have contributed to Spree. The modular platform allows for easy customizations and upgrades. In 2013, Spree Commerce launched its integration platform, now called Wombat, which automates backend operations for storefronts using any platform, not just Spree. More than 45,000 retailers use the platform.
Magento Open Source. Previously “Magento Community Edition,” Magento Open Source is a free version of the Magento ecommerce solution, one of the largest ecommerce platforms, with 150,000 active developers and over 300 partners. Magento’s marketplace features hundreds of extensions and themes to customize a store. Magento also offers ecommerce training courses and a certification program.