Build Your e-Commerce Site with Free and Open Source Zen Cart Shopping Cart Software

Zen Cart is free, user-friendly, and open source shopping cart software written in PHP that has large community of users and hundreds of free and paid templates.

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To run Zen Cart e-commerce system you need an web hosting server offering Apache server, PHP and a suitable database like MySQL and can be installed and set-up by anyone with the most basic web site building and computer skills.

If you want to install Zen Cart on a local PC for development and testing purpose or run the system on a private web server with your own IP address, you can find required instruction -> here.

Some of the features of Zen Cart e-commerce system includes:

  • Simple and easy installation
  • Multiple customer modes
  • Unlimited category depth
  • Multiple sales and discounts
  • Multiple display mode
  • Unlimited extra pages
  • Multiple ad banner controller
  • Multiple shipping options
  • Multiple payment options

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For installing Zen Cart e-commerce system you will need:

  • A linux based hosting server with PHP and MySQL software
  • Download the Zen Cart software and upload it to your server
  • Create a couple of configuration files
  • Configure Zen Cart shopping cart application
  • Setup security parameters

A tutorial discussing installation of zen cart can be found -> here.


Download Zen Cart Ver 1.3.8 (3.8 MB)
for Linux hosting webserver with PHP and MySQL