6 of the Best Free Linux eCommerce Software

Last Updated on March 19, 2022

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 6 high quality free Linux eCommerce applications. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for anyone who wants to set up their own online shop.

Now, let’s explore the 6 eCommerce applications at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

eCommerce Software
Zen CartProvides an easy-to-setup and run online store
MagentoMarketing, search engine optimization and catalog-management tools
osCommerceeCommerce and online store-management solution
VirtueMartUsed with Joomla! or Mambo Web Content Management Systems
PrestaShopFull-featured, cross-platform eCommerce shopping cart application for Web 2.0
osCMaxBased on osCommerce with additional functionality
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5 years ago


Very interesting for the Linux users can be a GrandNode. It’s open source, free, cross-platform e-commerce solution. It’s based on ASP.NET Core 2.0 and MongoDB. You can run it on MacOS, Linux and Windows without problems. It’s very interesting alternative to the most popular e-commerce systems.

You can find it on GitHub: or on the GrandNode project site: