What is OpenCart?

Opencart is an easy to-use, powerful, Open Source online store management program that can manage multiple online stores from a single back-end. Administrative area simply by filling in forms and clicking “Save”. There are many professionally-written extensions available to customize the store to your needs.

An OpenCart store can be ready to take orders soon after installation. All you have to do is have it installed for you (any web hosts do it for free), select a template form the many free or low-cost template sites, and your product descriptions and photos, click a few settings, and you are ready to begin accepting orders. Our free Installation & Quick Start chapters show you how.

The public side or “Storefront” of OpenCart looks very professional and ready to sell almost as soon as it is installed.

Why OpenCart?

Meet OpenCart:
FREE, open-source and easy to use ecommerce platform!

No monthly fees, no catches; just an effective and customizable platform for your new ecommerce store. Simply install, choose your template, and add products and you’re ready to start accepting orders.

Stick with the modern, responsive default theme or choose from thousands of themes online to make your store unique and perfectly suited for your business.

OpenCart comes with a fully mobile friendly admin area, complete with detailed product, order and customer management, sales reports, marketing tools and even more - allowing you to manage every aspect of your new online store from any device, anywhere in the World. Use the quick and concise dashboard to keep track of your sales, or choose from one of the many menu options to view more detail.

With a huge range of features included out-of- the-box and over 14,000 additional extensions available to download, OpenCart is perfect for ecommerce stores of any size, any industry, any budget.


January 2023

OpenCart number of merchants using opencart software reaches 347,000

August 2022

OpenCart released.

August 2022

OpenCart released.

May 2022

OpenCart released.

August 2021

OpenCart released.

February 2021

OpenCart released.

December 2021

Opencart Wins the most worthy Software in Shopping carts for Q4

July 2020

OpenCart released.

July 2020

OpenCart released.

May 2020

OpenCart released.

April 2019

OpenCart released.

January 2019

OpenCart released.

November 2017

CMS Critic Awards -Won the best e-commerce solution award

November 2016

OpenCart.com website update

August 2016

Added the extension store to the opencart admin

May 2016

OpenCart number of websites using opencart software reaches 342,000 and surpassed magento by 90,000 sites.

September 2015

There are now 15 books written about OpenCart.

Year 2015

OpenCart reaches 300 000+ live sites.

September 2014

OpenCart mentioned in Forbes article “3 Steps To Launch Your First eCommerce Website” and was recommended over shopify because it had more functionality and customisable features.

Year 2014

OpenCart 2.0 released
Over 10,000 extensions added to OpenCart’s extension store

Year 2013

OpenCart reaches no.1 position in Asia as the most popular used ecommerce script.
OpenCart reaches 231,624 live sites.

November 2012

OpenCart mentioned in Forbes

June 2012

Registered OpenCart as an business in Hong Kong.

Year 2012

OpenCart 1.5 released

Year 2011

OpenCart reaches 51,601 live sites.

October 2010

First book published about OpenCart called the “OpenCart 1.4 Beginner’s Guide”.
Added OpenCart extension store to opencart.com

May to November 2006

Released OpenCart v0.3 on sourceforge.net

November 2005

Registered domain name opencart.com

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