Zen Cart® - The Art of E-Commerce
Zen Cart® was the first Open Source e-Commerce web application to be fully PA-DSS Certified.
Zen Cart® v1.5.8 is an update with several bugfix patches applied on top of the PA-DSS Certified version v1.5.4.
It's free software, with free community-driven support available 24/7 on the Zen Cart® Support Site forums at zen-cart.com/forum
Zen Cart® v1.5.8-dev
Zen Cart v1.5.8 is designed for:
- PHP 7.3 to PHP 8.0
- MySQL 5.7.8+ or MariaDB 10.2.7+
- Apache 2.2 and 2.4
Refer to compatibility requirements for additional details.
Installation is simple:
- The md5/sha1 values for verifying the zip files hosted at Sourceforge are displayed on the Zen Cart® website along with instructions on how to verify the file using the hash values.
- Unzip the downloaded zip file
- Everything inside the folder you unzipped needs to be uploaded to your webserver … for example, into your
htmlfolder (the folder will already exist on your webserver)
- In your browser, enter the address to your site, such as:
www.example.com(or if you uploaded it into another subdirectory such as
- Rename the
/admin/includes/dist-configure.phpfiles to "
configure.php" and make the files writable (so the install process can write your configuration information into them after you answer a few questions in the following steps).
- Also make the
/logsfolders writable. (You will be prompted about making other folders writable during installation)
- Follow the instructions that appear in your browser for installation.
If some of the terms used in these brief instructions are things you don't understand, there is a much more detailed set of instructions in the /docs/Implementation-Guide PDF.
Recommended reading related to upgrading: https://docs.zen-cart.com/user/upgrading/
Guidance for Secure Installations
The Implementation Guide document is provided to give detailed instructions on how to install and secure your site in accordance with PCI Compliance requirements. Whether your site "needs" PCI Compliance or not is up to you to decide, but you should still follow the documented principles to maximize your site's resilience against troublesome access attempted by any undesired/unauthorized visitors.
Visit docs.zen-cart.com/dev/ for guidance on issues relevant to developers. This documentation site is very new, but content will be added over time.
The Zen Cart source code is available at: https://github.com/zencart/zencart
For free community-driven support with Zen Cart, visit our support site: https://www.zen-cart.com/forum.php
Sponsorship through GitHub is a simple and convenient way to say "thank you" to Zen Cart's maintainers and contributors, and to help fund its ongoing development.
Just click the "Sponsor" button on the Zen Cart page on GitHub.
If your company uses Zen Cart, note that sponsorship and donations to the project are a valid regular business expense.
You may also donate via our website at https://www.zen-cart.com/donate
We take security very seriously.
If you have discovered a critical security bug in Zen Cart, please email security [at] zen-cart [.] com with the details of the problem and how to trigger it. Issues will be responded to in a timely manner.
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