10 Best Free and Open Source Linux eCommerce Software

Online shopping is the activity that consumers engage in when purchasing products or services over the internet. This activity has many distinct advantages over ‘traditional shopping’ for both consumers and the businesses.

eCommerce enables businesses to stay open all of the time, expand their customer and geographical reach, provide the potential to reduce costs, and allow for niche targeting. The consumer benefits in many ways too, including the convenience of being able to shop any time of the day (or night), avoiding queuing, travel expenses, have more transparency over prices, etc.

This feature focuses on shopping cart software, which is software used in eCommerce to enable consumers to purchase goods and services online. Anyone who wishes to run an eCommerce site has a wide range of platforms and software to choose from, many of them being proprietary. However, if you want to operate an eCommerce site, Linux makes a strong platform, with a wide selection of Open Source eCommerce software available.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 10 high quality free Linux eCommerce applications. Here’s our verdict captured in a legendary LinuxLinks-style ratings chart.

Ratings chart for the best free and open source eCommerce software

Click the links in the table below to learn more about each program.

eCommerce Software
PrestaShopFull-featured, cross-platform eCommerce shopping cart application for Web 2.0
BagistoeCommerce framework built on Laravel and Vue.js
OpenCartDesigned to be feature rich and user friendly
MedusaSet of commerce modules and tools
SyliuseCommerce framework on top of Symfony
VirtueMartUsed with Joomla! or Mambo Web Content Management Systems
Zen CartProvides an easy-to-setup and run online store
thirty beesMature e-commerce solution which began as a fork of PrestaShop
CubeCartBilled as a powerful free ecommerce solution
osCommerceeCommerce and online store-management solution
Best Free and Open Source SoftwareRead our complete collection of recommended free and open source software. Our curated compilation covers all categories of software.

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