Free PHP E-Commerce Software: PrestaShop

PrestaShop, although it is in beta, is a complicated open source e-commerce solution.

Having a very powerful back-end, store admins can manage the inventory, orders, customers & payments easily. System never limits you as it supports unlimited categories, sub-categories & image pictures. Sub-admin users can be created with different permissions so when someone can only track the inventory another admin can be limited to processing the orders.

Free PHP E-Commerce Script

PrestaShop is a multilingual e-commerce software that any number of languages can be added to the system. As it is in beta status, there are exciting upcoming features like product comparison, wishlist or multiple websites.

Open Source Shopping Cart

This PHP shopping cart offers very nice features in the"front-end" like:

  • Special deals (price reductions, gift vouchers)
  • Text-message alerts
  • Featured products on homepage
  • Free shipping offers
  • Cross-selling (Accessories)
  • Order out-of-stock items
  • Unlimited payment methods
  • Multiple-recipient contact form
  • Product tagging & tag cloud
  • Offer gift-wrapping & recycled packaging
  • PDF customer invoice
  • Sale of services & virtual goods
  • RSS feed
  • Newsletter opt-in
  • Pick up in-store option


  • Thats great ecommerce 🙂

  • that looks really promising.

  • Hi all,

    FYI, we’ve just made a release candidate (RC) available for PrestaShop v1.0.

    Lots of new features have been implemented since this thread was started 3 months ago, including a snappy new default storefront design.

    Catch a sneak preview of v1.0 here:

  • @Peter, Thanks for the update. Prestashop look great and ı believe will be one of the standards in the future.

  • ard_ani

    help me!! i want to upgrade my prestashop from version 0.9 to version But i have any problem…..

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  • Prestashop is quicker than Magento, but I prefer to keep my store :

  • My shop is made with the last magento 1.1.6 virtual product edition. Prestashop does not offer this feature.

  • Hi,

    Hungarian Prestashop version available:

    Magyar nyelvű Prestashop ingyenes webáruház szoftver elérhető itt:

  • OldMan

    I am in the process of setting a new e-commerce operation. I have tried a number of carts in the past and have found them lacking.

    Prestashop has been the easiest I have come across, still needs some work but gets my vote.

    Have a look at my site at

  • Wendell

    The software itself is awesome. However….

    PrestaShop support SUCKS! It’s like pulling teeth over there to get an answer. I have been completely ignored in 5 different threads concerning 5 different problems and I was very nice asking for help. There is one person that is very helpful when it’s something he can help you with, but he’s not even part of the development team! The developers release the product and then ignore you when you need help. When you report a bug, they reply that they fixed it but they don’t tell you how! Now I am stuck with a 600-product store that is non-functional and customers screaming at me to get it fixed.

  • I’ve also completed one of my e-commerce system using prestashop.

    The theme is also available to download from my blog.


  • More info, themes and modules (for spanish readers) here:


  • I have a free theme and some pro-themes for Prestashop im offering.

  • SirBuck

    I agree about their support. IT SUCKS! The program is good though. I finally gave up after a month with no response.. to 4 posts and multiple PM’s to the phantom support team. That does seem to be the business model though. Free software and Paid support. Complete bulls$%* if you ask me.
    I think that the dev team should help quite a bit more since this is relatively new and there doesn’t seem to be much of a community yet.
    There’s my 3 cents.. Prestashop support is worthless!

  • zaph

    you can find prestashop templates from

  • 3sixteenweb

    Thanks for the info on this wonderful ecommerce solution. It was exactly what I was looking for.

  • Rita Fonseca

    I could never intalled it

  • I’ve been running it with nothing but headaches with the last two versions. So much is still broken and the support is really slow.

  • Evelyn

    i have download free themes for prestashop from and install it into my prestashop website. i got the problem the category block can appear but it didn’t list of the category that i have inserted on the prestashop website and it contains of error page on my browser but i couldn’t find the error. When i change the themes into default themes, the list of the categories appear and it work without error. anyone can help me to solve the problem? what should i do to fix problem? thanks.

  • Hi,i’m using this great tool and never i say never i have problem with it.When i ask on french forum there’s always cool guys to give answers.
    To help you Evelyn:go to your prestashop admin panel then click on modules then search for categories block,click on it it’ will open it and then disable dynamic tree ou enable it if it was already disable.Then go to your shop and press CTRL+F5 to clean the cache and have a try.
    Don’t forget if you have trouble with prestashop there’s always people ready to help.
    Sorry for bad english i’m French 😀
    Have a nice Day.

  • Prestashop is really good job. I appriciate the developers of this script. I can find anything I need for an online shop.

  • WAYE

    I use opencart. very powerful shopping cart. Prestashop is ok but I perfer opencart. It only take me few hours to set up my store.

  • My store use prestashop, but I had rewrite many scripts before i get that i need. PrestaShop not complete application

  • Takes time to update from previous version of prestashop; update process is very complicated

  • Dal

    When you see open source that don’t include email verify for ppl that register on e-commerce but sell you that mod for 100€ time to walk away.
    For me magento will rule all… just give it time, presta will and like phpnuke…

  • zed

    I totally disagree. Magento is to heavy (need VPS in many cases)and too complicated for many shoping websites. Presta is more than enough for most of small-bussiness shops. And what is wrong with paid customizations? You can choose what you really want and need and nothing more e.g. recently appeared commercial Fastlane “guest checkout” which may give real benefits in some cases. If anybody understands it will be good for him, he wil just buy it. Others won’t. Thats all.

  • I can see where Dal is coming from to be honest, although the cynical side of me would suggest that both are approaching the same goal from different angles.

    One of the main criticisms of Magento is that it’s so difficult (complex) to work with, so the developers have a guaranteed income stream through implementation project work and training/consultancy for large organisations that really need the features. I remember when it first came out a web designer’s joke about charging by the file to create a skin (potentially 1,000’s) rather than the hour as you could charge more that way.

    Prestashop on the other hand is comparatively easy to work with and get great looking results, so my feeling is that to get a return on investment the developer is providing basic functionality for free, but holding back (core?) functionality to offer as paid extras and/or bundle with their own commercial hosting.

    I would say though that at the end of the day both of these organisations have chosen a funding model for their businesses that benefits those on a low budget, so I don’t think people should complain too loudly. I believe both have and will continue to have a place in the market and strong community followings.

  • kev

    my online store use zen cart ,i think this is one of the best free e-commerce software

  • I use PrestaShop for my projects. The main problem of PrestaShop is bad performance.

  • Tomer Grassiany

    I can tell you from my experience that Prestashop is much easier to install, use, and maintain than any other open source shopping carts I have tried. In fact, I am just now in the middle of converting a Magento site and an OSCommerce site to Prestashop for a couple of clients. I have not tested Prestashop on a really large scale (10,000 – 50,000+ products), so I can’t say if Magento works better in those conditions, but for any small / medium shops, I feel the Prestashop is by far the better option.
    The Prestashop forum has grown reaching 50,000+ members, many of which are more experienced users that offer help on the forum. Even people with very little website experience can build and customize their own shop.
    I have written many free and paid Prestashop modules that I offer on my website ( ) to help create a better experience for your customers and increase productivity and sales. For example, a filter module, a translation module (which I used to translate my site to 15 other languages), and attribute modules that let you customize your attributes.
    I have also written many tips on troubleshooting, fixing common problems, and improving SEO.

  • I like prestashop ,it’s a good opensource ,and thank you for sharing!

  • alex

    prestashop sucks completely
    it is the most useless waste of time i have ever had

  • Martin

    @ard_ani If you need assistance in moving all your stores data from one prestashop version to a different one I recommend you to try Cart2Cart allows to move all information from one version to a different one automatically.

  • I downloaded Prestashop 1.3.2 and Joomla 1.5.20 and had them both installed and ready to configure under one hour after I solved my misunderstandings with MySQL. On Joomla within five minutes I had my Prestashop clickable from Joomla.

    I have read a lot of comments of other carts and they all have pros and cons. Some are difficult and some are bloated. Prestashop is lean and mean and flexible.

    Prestashop even though free as is is not for large businesses or enterprises. It is for small to medium sized businesses but have the flexibility to handle larger needs. to say the least, I like Prestashop for its ease to install and its flexibility.

    It is darn good for very small and small businesses to start off.

  • prestashop it SUCKS. Period. The worst support ever.

    on the other had you get what you paid for

  • I have useed prestashop for 4 months now, and im happy about it.

    Easy to install, great forum support, and easy to use.

    The upgrade of prestashop is a bit harder, and this is something that can be better.

  • RWelch

    I’m all for choosing to purchase add-ons but the core system should function or how does that business model hope to succeed? I’m stuck not being able to upload product images with no help from their support or any users. Uploading product images should not pose a problem because I’m this close to leaving this behind and moving on to something else.

    If they had responsive and helpful support I would have probably spent hundreds of dollars (or euros) on add-ons and templates at this point. A win-win situation for both parties is turned into a lose-lose because their business of release and let the community handle it is not effective.

    You market your product as easy and for the small business person yet you contradict yourself by not providing support and leaving people, whose livelihoods depend on this symbiotic relationship working well, out in the cold. PrestaShop, do yourself a favor and do what you say you do and cater to the small business person and you will build a business platform that would be quite competitive and will flourish.

    BTW, I’m still waiting for a response from my bug-ticket and e-mail from PrestaShop support. Help me help you! Help me help you! Take my money for add-ons… please! I just need a damn CMS that works!

  • We have been using prestashop for a few projects and no complains great solution for an ecommerce website.

  • PrestaShop is awesom ! Look my projects

  • Stuning software, prestashop are the good of goods!

  • Thanks for sharing this. I’ve been looking for something to replace interspire and this looks interesting.