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Developer(s) OpenCart Ltd.
Stable release[1] / July 18, 2017 (2017-07-18)
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written in PHP
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Shopping cart software
License GNU General Public License

OpenCart is an online store management system. It is PHP-based, using a MySQL database and HTML components. Support is provided for different languages and currencies. It is freely available under the GNU General Public License.


OpenCart was originally developed in 1998 by Christopher G. Mann for Walnut Creek CDROM and later The FreeBSD Mall.[2][3] The first public release was on the May 11, 1999. Developed in Perl, the project saw little activity, and progress stalled in 2000, with Mann posting a message on April 11 stating "other commitments are keeping me from OpenCart development".

The domain expired in February 2005 before being revived by Daniel Kerr, a UK-based developer, who used it as the basis for his own e-commerce software, written in PHP. The first stable release was version 1.1.1, released onto Google Code on 10 February 2009.

In September 2014, Kerr claimed that OpenCart was the number one e-commerce software supplier in China [4] while in August 2015 it was recorded as responsible for 6.42% of the global e-commerce volumes recorded by, behind WooCommerce and Magento and ahead of OSCommerce, ZenCart and Shopify.[5] In February 2017, he stated that OpenCart has about 317,000 live OpenCart sites, which is, according to Kerr, more than Shopify or Magento.[6]

Version 2.0 of the software was released in October 2014, featuring an extensive update of the interface.[7][8]

Version of the software was released in March 2016, after months of testing from OpenCart users.[9][10]

OpenCart uses fraud management services such as FraudLabs, ClearSale and Global Payments to review customer orders.[11][12][13]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "OpenCart - Download". Retrieved 18 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "OpenCart". Christopher G. Mann. Archived from the original on 22 October 1999. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Mann, Christopher G. (19 March 1999). "Suggestion, Linux ldconfig /etc/defaults/rc.conf". Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Wong Yat Hei (30 September 2014). "A Business Mind: Daniel Kerr, founder of OpenCart". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Global eCommerce Technology Distribution". 12 August 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "OpenCart – Your Own Complete, Stand-Alone eCommerce and Shopping Cart Platform. | HostAdvice". HostAdvice. Retrieved 2017-07-24. 
  7. ^ Kaya Ismail (3 October 2014). "OpenCart 2.0 Released". Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  8. ^ Paul Feakins (31 October 2014). "A Quick Look at OpenCart 2.0". Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  9. ^ Vedi Badiyan (2 March 2016). "OpenCart Released". Archived from the original on 4 June 2016. 
  10. ^ Vedi (2 March 2016). "A Quick Look at OpenCart". foodcod. Archived from the original on 4 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "ClearSale - Global Pioneer and Proven Leader in Fraud Protection Solutions". 
  12. ^ "Set Up Fraud Detection Using the FraudLabs Pro Library in OpenCart". 
  13. ^ "A Guide to Major Opencart Updates in 2015". 

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