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osCommerce is an Open Source online shop e-commerce solution freely distributable under the GNU General Public License. It supports a rich set of out-of-the-box online shopping cart features specifically designed for store owners to setup, run and maintain their Web stores with minimum effort and no costs, fees or limitations involved.

osCommerce has attracted the largest community for an e-commerce solution, consisting of over 115,000 store owners and developers worldwide, with add-ons being contributed on a daily basis. To date there are over 3,600 add-ons available created by the community to extend the features of an osCommerce online store.

osCommerce combines Open Source solutions to provide a free and open e-commerce platform, including the powerful PHP Web scripting language and the fast MySQL database server. With no special requirements, osCommerce is able to run on any PHP 4.1      o enabled Web server running on Linux, Solaris, BSD, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows environments.



Although osCommerce is still in its development stage, the available Milestone releases are considered to be stable and support the following features:

General Functionality
   o Compatible with all PHP 4 versions
   o All features enabled by default for a complete turnkey solution
   o Object-oriented backend (MS3)
   o Completely multilingual, with English, German and Spanish provided by default
   o Automatic browser-based installation and upgrade procedure
   o Template structure implementation to:
      o allow layout changes to be adaptive, easy, and quick (MS3)
      o allow easy integration into an existing site (MS3)
   o Support for dynamic images
Administration/Backend Functionality
   o Supports unlimited products and categories
      o Products-to-categories structure
      o Categories-to-categories structure
   o Add/Edit/Remove categories, products, manufacturers, customers, and reviews
   o Support for physical (shippable) and virtual (downloadable) products
   o Administration area secured with a username and password defined during installation (MS3)
   o Contact customers directly via email or newsletter
   o Easily backup and restore the database
   o Print invoices and packaging lists from the order screen
   o Statistics for products and customers
   o Multilingual support
   o Multicurrency support
      o Automatically update currency exchange rates
   o Select what to display, and in what order, in the product listing page
   o Support for static and dynamic banners with full statistics
Customer/Frontend Functionality
   o All orders stored in the database for fast and efficient retrieval
   o Customers can view their order history and status
   o Customers can maintain their accounts
      o Addressbook for multiple shipping and billing addresses
   o Temporary shopping cart for guests and permanent shopping cart for customers
   o Fast and friendly quick search and advanced search features
   o Product reviews for an interactive shopping experience
   o Foreseen checkout procedure
   o Secure transactions with SSL
   o Number of products in each category can be shown or hidden
   o Global and per-category bestseller lists
   o Display what other customers have ordered with the current product shown
   o Breadcrumb trail for easy site navigation
Product Functionality
   o Dynamic product attributes relationship
   o HTML-based product descriptions
   o Automated display of specials
   o Control if out-of-stock products can still be shown and are available for purchase
   o Customers can subscribe to products to receive related emails/newsletters
Payment Functionality
   o Accept numerous offline payment processing (cheque, money orders, offline credit care processing, etc.)
   o Accept several online payment processing methods (2CheckOut, PayPal,, iPayment, etc.)
   o Disable certain payment services on a zone basis
Shipping Functionality
   o Weight, price and destination-based shipping modules
   o Real-time quotes (UPS, USPS, FedEx, etc.)
   o Free shipping based on amount and destination
   o Disable certain shipping services on a zone basis
Tax Functionality
   o Flexible tax implementation on a state and country basis
   o Set different tax rates for different products
   o Charge tax on shipping on a per-shipping service basis

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