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osCommerce (= “Open Source Commerce“) is an e-commerce software as well as a software for the handling/management of online stores. The software is compatible on any web server, provided MySQL or PHP are set up. It is a freely available software.

Official version

Currently there are two official versions of osCommerce. Versions 2.3 (stable) and 3.0 (under development) are developed as two independent programs and as such do not share any code. App s, the official name for the plug-ins developed by the open source community, were developed for either 2.3 or 3.0 and are not compatible with each other.
The official version has not been updated for some time.


The Open Source Commerce is distributed under the GNU General Public License and is one of the earliest PHP-based open source shopping cart software distributions.


Open Source Commerce was launched in March 2000 by founder Harald Ponce de Leon in Germany. At that time the project was called “The Exchange Project”. At that time, Ponce de Leon’s osCommerce was noach referred to as a “sample research studio” or a “side thing”. However, just one year later, a team was formed for its development: at this point, the team began to move forward with this project.

In 2008, over 14,000 live websites were recorded using the program. This is a conservative number, as the open source commerce is included in installers for hosting panel applications.

In 2010, the development of osCommerce v2.2 was fulfilled with another stable version. Version 2.3, as it was branded, takes advantage of the so-called tableless web design and includes a set of tools for social networking.

The current iteration is version 3.0 (in development) and represents a major overhaul of the program to include an object-oriented backend, a template system for easy layout changes, and a username and password definition for the administration area. The latest development version was released in August 2011.

Advantages and disadvantages

  • Very large plug-in library with everything needed to use it
  • Page access works in rapid time
    plug-ins</a> takes a lot of time and effort|There is no interface template system, so it can’t adapt to website design needs”>

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