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Original author(s)Sören Eberhardt-Biermann
Developer(s)Max Milbers and Team
Initial release1997
Stable release
3.8.7[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 27 November 2020; 2 years ago (27 November 2020)
Operating systemCross-platform
LicenseGNU General Public License

VirtueMart (formerly known as mambo-phpShop) is an open-source e-commerce solution[buzzword] designed as an extension of the Mambo or Joomla! content management systems (CMS). VirtueMart is written in PHP and requires the MySQL database environment for storage. It is best suited for low to medium level traffic web-sites.


VirtueMart began as offshoot of the stand-alone phpShop[2][3] e-commerce web application. Originally dubbed mambo-phpShop it became the first substantial native e-commerce component for the Mambo CMS system. After the community forked Mambo into Joomla, the developer re-branded mambo-phpShop as VirtueMart, officially supporting the newer Joomla CMS. While current implementations may still function with Mambo CMS, and older editions of mambo-phpShop are still available to download, they are no longer actively supported.

Originally developed by Sören Eberhardt-Biermann, in September 2009 a new team began developing VirtueMart 2. The new version was released in December 2011. In October 2012 the developer team declared end of life for VirtueMart 1.1 and since then VirtueMart 2 is no longer maintaining Joomla 1.5 compatibility.


VirtueMart supports an unlimited number of products and categories, with products assignable to multiple categories. Until version 3, it permitted the sale of downloadable products.[4] That functionality is now mostly supported by separate, subscription plugins. It offers a catalog mode where the shopping cart features are turned off. VirtueMart supports multiple prices for a single product, based around shopper groups or a quantity range, and permits the use of a variety of different payment gateways.[5]

Because VirtueMart is an open-source e-commerce solution[buzzword] all the application code is openly visible in PHP. This allows PHP developers to view, update or customize the operation of the shopping cart. In addition VirtueMart itself offers simplified templates (called 'fly pages' in VirtueMart) structure that allows various shopping and cart page(s) to be edited as standard HTML and CSS.

Notably new to VirtueMart 1.1.0 was the inclusion of the ability quickly to change themes for category, product, checkout and cart pages.[6] The cart is also integrated with Rapid 3.0, which enables transaction data to be sent directly from the customer's browser to the payment gateway without passing through the merchant's systems.[7]

Virtuemart is supported by an iPhone app by iVMStore.[8]


VirtueMart has been adopted by over 269,000 online retailers.[9]

For the week of Sep 23rd 2013, Quantcast data collated by BuiltWith Trends indicated that VirtueMart ran on 1.47% of the top 10K sites, 3.25% of the top 100K sites, and 6.02% of the top million sites.[10]


As VirtueMart is only a plugin for Joomla! / Mambo, it has the same system requirements.

Several other required supporting libraries or extensions include MySQL, XML and Zlib support built into PHP. Support for HTTPS (OpenSSL) and cURL is recommended.[11]


  • VirtueMart 1.1.x is compatible with Joomla 1.5.x.
  • VirtueMart 2.0.x is compatible with Joomla 2.5.x.
  • VirtueMart 2.6.x is compatible with Joomla 2.5.x.
  • VirtueMart 2.9.x is compatible with Joomla 3.x.
  • VirtueMart 3.0.x is compatible with Joomla 2.5.x and Joomla 3.x.

Further reading[edit]

VirtueMart 1.x.x
  • Michelle M. Griffin, Website Design Guide to Joomla! 1.5, Virtuemart & Extensions, CorporationGURU (2008), ISBN 978-0982153710
  • Sarkar, Suhreed (2009). Joomla! E-Commerce with VirtueMart: Build feature-rich online stores with Joomla! 1.0/1.5 and VirtueMart 1.1.x. Packt Publishing. ISBN 978-1-847196-74-3.
  • Joseph Kwan, Joomla! VirtueMart 1.1 Theme and Template Design, PACKT PUBLISHING (2011), ISBN 978-1849514545
  • Götz Nemeth: VirtueMart Der Joomla!-Shop (German), Franzis Verlag (2010), ISBN 978-3645600781
  • Martin Blasczyk: Das offizielle VirtueMart-Buch: Online-Shops aufbauen und betreiben mit Joomla! (German), Addison-Wesley (2009), ISBN 978-3827327727
  • Valérie Isaksen, Thierry Tardif, Joomla et VirtueMart: Réussir sa boutique en ligne (French), Eyrolles (2008/2009), ISBN 978-2212124873
  • Jean-Noël Anderruthy: Joomla ! 1.5: Créez un site web et une boutique en ligne avec VirtueMart, 2 volumes (French), Editions ENI (2010), ISBN 978-2746055308
  • Roberto Chimenti: Crea il tuo e-commerce con Joomla! & Virtuemart (Italian), Hoepli (2010), ISBN 978-8820345488
  • G.J. Fierloos: MyStudy Virtuemart (Dutch), Duuren Media, Van (2008), ISBN 978-9059403536
VirtueMart 2.x.x
  • Kerry W. Watson: Showme Guides Virtuemart 2 User Manual, CreateSpace (2012), ISBN 978-1475144635
  • Nemeth Götz: VirtueMart 2 (German), Franzis Verlag (2012), ISBN 978-3645601740
  • Martin Blasczyk: Das offizielle VirtueMart-Buch: Online-Shops aufbauen und betreiben mit Joomla! (German), Addison-Wesley (Sep. 2012) ISBN 978-3-8273-2949-3
  • Sasa Paporovic: VirtueMart 2.x - Der Grundkurs[Video-Tutorial](German), CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2014) ASIN B00IRLHS5Y
  • Valérie Isaksen, Thierry Tardif: Réussir sa boutique en ligne - Joomla! 2.5 et VirtueMart 2 (French), Eyrolles (Sep. 2012), ISBN 978-2-212-12804-8

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ 1.2. Differences to phpShop - Virtuemart
  3. ^ Phpshop <> Virtuemart[permanent dead link] - phpShop - Forums (2007-06-24) - "Virtuemart only exists as a component of Mambo/Joomla. Phpshop is a standalone application. Virtuemart is based upon much of the underlying logic and code for phpShop, but the 2 are not compatible."
  4. ^ "VM3 and Digital Sales".
  5. ^ VirtueMart Features
  6. ^ VirtueMart Themes
  7. ^ "eWAY Payment Plugin announcement". VirtueMart. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  8. ^ iPhone app for Virtuemart
  9. ^ "BuiltWith Trends - VirtueMart". Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  10. ^ "BuiltWith Trends - Ecommerce Usage Statistics Pie Chart View". Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  11. ^ Virtuemart Requirements