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A modular, scalable and ultra-fast open-source all-in-one eCommerce platform built on ASP.NET Core 7.

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Smartstore is a cross-platform, modular, scalable and ultra-fast open source all-in-one eCommerce platform based on ASP.NET Core 7, Entity Framework, Vue.js, Sass, Bootstrap and more.

Smartstore includes all the essential features to create multi-language, multi-store, multi-currency shops targeting desktop or mobile devices and enables SEO-optimised, rich product catalogs with support for unlimited number of products and categories, variants, bundles, datasheets, ESD, discounts, coupons and much more.

A comprehensive set of tools for CRM & CMS, Sales, Marketing, Payment & Shipping Handling etc. makes Smartstore a powerful all-in-one solution that meets all your needs.

Smartstore delivers a beautiful and configurable shop frontend out-of-the-box, built with a high level design approach, including components like Sass, Bootstrap and others. The included Flex theme is modern, clean and fully responsive, giving shoppers the best possible shopping experience on any device.

The state-of-the-art architecture of Smartstore - with ASP.NET Core 7, Entity Framework Core 7 and Domain Driven Design approach - makes it easy to extend, extremely flexible and basically fun to work with ;-)


Technology & Design

  • State-of-the-art architecture with ASP.NET Core 7, Entity Framework Core 7 and domain-driven design
  • Cross-platform: run it on Windows, Linux, or Mac
  • Supports Docker out of the box for easy deployment
  • Composable, extensible and highly flexible due to modular design
  • Highly scalable with full page caching and web farm support
  • Powerful theme engine allows you to create or customise themes & skins with minimal effort thanks to theme inheritance
  • Point&Click theme configuration
  • Liquid template engine: highly flexible templating for emails and campaigns with auto-completion and syntax highlighting
  • Html to PDF converter: creates PDF documents from regular HTML templates, radically simplifying the customisation of PDF output
  • Consistent and sophisticated use of modern components such as Vue.js, Sass, Bootstrap & more in the front and back end.
  • Easy shop management thanks to modern and clean UI


Key Features

Smartstore Screenshots

  • Multi-store support
  • Multi-language and full RTL (Right-to-Left) and Bidi(rectional) support
  • Multi-currency support
  • Product bundles, variants, attributes, ESD, tier pricing, cross-selling and more
  • Sophisticated marketing & promotion capabilities (gift cards, reward points, discounts of any kind, and more)
  • Reviews & Ratings
  • Media Manager: powerful and lightning fast media file explorer
  • Rule Builder: powerful rule system for visual business rule creation with dozens of predefined rules out-of-the-box
  • Search framework with faceted search support. Ultra-fast search results, even with millions of items!
  • Extremely scalable through output caching, REDIS & Microsoft Azure support
  • Tree-based permission management (ACL) with inheritance support
  • Sophisticated import/export framework (profiles, filters, mapping, projections, scheduling, deployment... basically everything!)
  • CMS Page Builder: Create compelling content that drives sales. No coding required thanks to a powerful WYSIWYG editor using the revolutionary CSS grid system
  • Blog, forum, polls, custom pages & HTML content etc.
  • CMS Menu Builder: visual manager for all kinds of menus. Modify existing menus or create your own and place them anywhere you want.
  • Modern, clean, SEO-optimized and fully responsive Bootstrap-based theme
  • Support for hierarchical SEO slugs, e.g.: samsung/galaxy/s22/32gb/white
  • Trusted Shops pre-certification and full EU-GDPR compliance
  • 100% compliant with German law
  • Sales-, Customer- & Inventory Management
  • Comprehensive CRM features
  • Powerful layered shop navigation
  • Numerous payment and shipping providers and options
  • Wallet: allows full or partial payment of orders via credit account
  • TinyImage: achieves ultra-high image compression rates (up to 80%!) and enables WebP support
  • Preview Mode: virtually test themes and stores more easily
  • RESTful WebApi (coming soon)


Getting Started

System requirements

Supported operating systems

  • Windows 10 (or higher) / Windows Server 2012 R2 (or higher)
  • Ubuntu 14.04+
  • Debian 11+
  • Mac OS X 10.11+

Supported database systems

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express (or higher)
  • MySQL 8.0+
  • PostgreSQL 11+
  • SQLite 3.31+

Upgrade from Smartstore.NET 4.2

Smartstore 5 is a port of Smartstore.NET 4 - based on the classic .NET Framework 4.7.2 – to the new ASP.NET Core 7 platform. Smartstore instances based on classic ASP.NET MVC can be upgraded seamlessly. To upgrade, all you need to do is replace the application files on your server - except for the App_Data directory - and all your data will automatically be transferred to the new system. See the documentation for detailed information on installing or upgrading your store.

ℹ️ Upgrading from versions older than 4.2 is not possible. Therefore, you should migrate Smartstore.NET to version 4.2 first and then upgrade to Smartstore 5.

Visual Studio

  • Clone the repository using the command git clone and checkout the main branch.
  • Download Visual Studio 2022 (any edition) from
  • Open Smartstore.sln and wait for Visual Studio to restore all NuGet packages
  • Make sure Smartstore.Web is the startup project and run it

Repository Structure

  • Smartstore contains common low-level application-agnostic stuff like bootstrapper, modularity engine, caching, pub/sub, imaging, type conversion, IO, templating, scheduling, various utilities, common extension methods etc.
  • Smartstore.Data contains database providers
  • Smartstore.Core contains application specific modules like catalog, checkout, identity, security, localization, logging, messaging, rules engine, search engine, theme engine, migrations etc.
  • Smartstore.Web.Common contains common web features like custom MVC infrastructure, bundling, TagHelpers, HtmlHelpers etc.
  • Smartstore.Modules contains all module/plugin projects
  • Smartstore.Web is the entry host project that contains controllers, model classes, themes, static assets etc.


Build Smartstore

Option 1 - by publishing the entry host project

  1. Open the Smartstore solution in Visual Studio 2022
  2. Use Release configuration
  3. (Re)build the solution
  4. Publish host project Smartstore.Web

Option 2 - by running a build script

Run the build script corresponding to your target platform in the build directory: build.{Platform}.cmd. The resulting build will be placed in the build/artifacts/Community.{Version}.{Platform} directory. A zip archive in build/artifacts/ is created automatically.

By default, the build script produces a platform-specific, self-contained application that includes the ASP.NET runtime and libraries, the Smartstore application and its dependencies. You can run it on any machine that doesn't have the .NET runtime installed.

Smartstore uses Nuke ( as its build automation solution, which makes it easy to customize the build process by editing src/Smartstore.Build/Smartstore.Build/Build.cs.

About the "src/Smartstore.Web/Modules" directory

While building the solution, all modules in src/Smartstore.Modules/ are detected, compiled and placed in the src/Smartstore.Web/Modules/ directory. The application runtime uses this directory as a source from which modules are loaded dynamically. During development, however, the "Modules" directory is irrelevant. You can safely delete it at any time.

Creating Docker images

To create a Docker image, run build/dockerize.{Platform}[.nobuild].sh.

Creates a Debian Linux base image including the complete ASP.NET runtime, builds the solution and publishes a framework-dependent application inside the Linux container. It also installs the native wkhtmltopdf library needed to generate PDF files.

Much faster, but requires that the application has already been built and is located in build/artifacts/Community.{Version}.linux-x64. Creates a Debian Linux base image with only the ASP.NET runtime dependencies and copies the build artifact. It also installs the native wkhtmltopdf library needed to generate PDF files.

Creates a Windows Nano Server base image with only the ASP.NET runtime dependencies and copies the build artifact. Requires that the application has already been built and is located in build/artifacts/Community.{Version}.win-x64. It also requires that the Docker engine is running a Windows image.

Creating Docker containers

To create a ready-to-run Docker container with a database server run compose.{DbSystem}.sh.

Creates a composite Docker container containing the smartstore application image and the latest MySql image.

Creates a composite Docker container containing the smartstore application image and the latest MS SQL Server image.


Try it online

We have set up a live online demo for you to test Smartstore without a local installation. Get a first impression and test all available features in the frontend and backend. Please note that the backend demo is shared and other testers can modify data at the same time.



Smartstore Community Edition is released under the AGPL license.

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