What is AbanteCart eCommerce?

AbanteCart is a free eCommerce application that is designed, built and supported by experienced enthusiasts who are passionate about their work and contributions to the project. This is not commercial endeavor, and we made no rush decisions or shortcuts. We like what we do and strongly believe that AbanteCart one of the best, most state-of-the-art eCommerce platforms available. AbanteCart operates based on donations and other contributions, marketplace proceeds and financial support from advertisers.

AbanteCart License

AbanteCart is under Open Software License (OSL 3.0). License details are bundled with source code package in the file LICENSE.txt. Details are also available at this URL: http://www.opensource.org/licenses/OSL-3.0

AbanteCart architecture (A bit technical).

Although, AbanteCart architecture approach is innovative and unique in whole, AbanteCart is based on MVC model that is used by many other applications. This makes AbanteCart architecture easy to understand and follow.
AbanteCart utilize some GPL third party modules to provide familiar interfaces.
AbanteCart backend is coded in PHP and supports MySql database. It is not based on any third party PHP framework and build from ground up to lead with highest performance. Core code was designed with flexibility and expandability in mind, without lacking focus on security and performance.
Frontend of AbanteCart is mobile optimized and based on Bootstrap v3 and jQuery. In administration, jQGrid is utilized for viewing and editing data lists in spreadsheet like interface.

eCommerce site owners and users will benefit from:

  • An expandable shopping-cart application with a fast-growing number of extensions. Easy extension installation and management with one- step installation. This allows to you add virtually any feature or service to AbanteCart, which is very important in today’s dynamically changing technology environment.
  • Upgrade support that’s accessible directly from the control panel. Backward support for upgrades and backups/restores follow every upgrade.
  • A Virtually FTP-free eCommerce solution. There’s no need to know code, complex programs or programming to manage, upgrade and install modules. Use any browser to manage your eCommerce application 100% through the slick, web-based interface.
  • A fast-performing consuming shopping cart application that uses few computer resources and can be installed and run on virtually any shared or dedicated hosting platform.
  • A feature-rich shopping cart application, right out of the box. Standard features allow you to set up a complete eCommerce site with all the tools needed to sell products online.
  • A large number of payment and shipping modules supported by default or with additional extensions.
  • A very secure solution with up-to-date industry-standard security practices, all PCI-compliant.
  • A flexible layout for pages that allows you to set up pages and navigation based on best usability practices to improve conversions.
  • A sophisticated and easy shopping-cart control panel with a “Search anything” feature that helps you find and edit information, fast. Help instructions are embedded right into the control-panel pages.
  • A flexible resource library to manage media files in the application.
  • Fast initial setup and migration from other shopping carts, with easy data importing from major shopping carts.
  • White-label capability allows for redistribution of the cart with private brands. Licensing compliance is required. (coming soon)

Benefits for eCommerce developers and contributors

  • Well-organized code based on the MVC concept.
  • Layered core code does not need to be touched for the extension of features development.
  • A number of tools and classes to manage and debug applications and workflow.
  • Good extension organization and the ability to extend the application’s features and connect to multiple channels.
  • Backward compatibility in classes and functions allows for less effort when upgrading to new versions.
  • Flexible construction of layouts, forms and resources (media files).
  • Dataset concept reduces need to create or extend SQL tables for some features.
  • API documentation for developers and an open forum for discussions.

eCommerce affiliate's and service provider's benefits

AbanteCart is connected to third party extensions market place. This provides is a great opportunity to generate additional revenue based on sales of extensions and services through AbanteCart administrators interface or control panel. If you set up your client to use AbanteCart or rebranded (whitelable) copy of it, you will earn solid commission on every extension or service purchase that this client does via his control panel. This is indefinite until this client still uses the AbanteCart. If you build up the client base of AbanteCart store owners, this can add up to good revenue and payback for your eCommerce support for your clients.
This feature is especially beneficial for hosting companies and eCommerce service providers.
You will need to register with market place provider company to be qualified for affiliate program.

Note: AbanteCart is community based project and has no responsibility for third party market place providers. Market place providers are a regular sponsors and contributors to the project.


Please help us maintain and expand AbanteCart features. Together we will have an Ideal Open Source Ecommerce Solution for everyone.