6 Best Free Shopping Cart Software Solutions in 2019

Lauren Fram
Lauren Fram  |  September 11, 2019

Have you ever gotten the shopping cart with the busted wheel at the store? It’s the worst.

But with shopping cart software, that never has to happen. While their core function is essentially the same—gathering products in a cart with the intention of purchasing them—one is digital and therefore not subject to the perils of corporeality.

For an e-commerce business owner, shopping cart software is something that you need to consider, and you definitely don’t want to get stuck with a tool that has a virtual bum wheel. User experience is key to attracting and retaining customers in the e-commerce world, so a good shopping cart tool that makes it easy to select (or delete) and purchase products is a quick and easy fix to a potentially big problem. While most e-commerce platforms include shopping cart functionality, not everyone wants to use a major platform.

If you’re building your e-commerce store from scratch or using a web hosting service that doesn’t have e-commerce functionality built in, you will likely need to add each feature separately. This can take a lot of work and money, but there are ways to mitigate the cost of creating a store a la carte.

Free shopping cart software gives you the opportunity to create a more functional e-commerce store equip with advanced features like shopping cart abandonment without worrying about the cost. The tools highlighted here are free and may be open source, so you can customize them as you see fit.

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1. Zen Cart

Zen Cart is a free and open-source shopping cart tool that professes to work with any hosting tool and a variety of payment gateways. Zen Cart also has a variety of plugins available, from buttons and graphics to marketing tools and language packs. Users can donate to the project if they so choose to support the efforts of the developers.

Zen Cart, a shopping cart software solution

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Features:

  • Customizable
  • Payment gateway integrations
  • Custom domain names
  • Free plugins

2. Cube Cart

Cube Cart is a free and open source e-commerce tool that has a variety of extensions available to customize the experience. The extensions are also free and include payment gateways, shipping trackers and estimators, and language packs. Users can also receive a variety of reports and analytics through the tool.

Cube Cart, a shopping cart software solution

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Features:

  • Unlimited products
  • Unlimited categories
  • Catalog import and export
  • Logo management
  • Multiple currency support
  • Mailing list management
  • Customer order history
  • Payment transaction logs

3. AbanteCart

AbanteCart is a free shopping cart software that can help users create a digital store. With a variety of features and add-ons available, users can customize their store however they like and sell anything they want. AbanteCart also professes to be easily scalable, supporting businesses as they grow. AbanteCart is also built using HTML5, so it’s easy to customize.

AbanteCart, a shopping cart software solutionImage courtesy of AbanteCart

Features:

  • Product embed codes
  • Customer product reviews
  • Customer account management
  • Guest checkout
  • Payment gateway integration
  • Google analytics tracking
  • Analytics and insights

4. Arastta

Arastta offers a free shopping cart tool that has a variety of features. With responsive design, one-click updates, and SEO features, users can improve their e-commerce store at no cost. Arastta can also integrate with platforms such as Facebook to create an online store that can be viewed on a variety of sites.

Arastta, a shopping cart software solutionImage courtesy of Arastta

Features:

  • Responsive design
  • One-click update
  • Theme customization
  • SEO features
  • Admin interface
  • Email templates
  • File manager
  • Migration tools

5. simpleCart

simpleCart is a free, open-source, Javascript-based shopping cart tool. Users can choose from a variety of payment gateways and it can be used with only basic knowledge of HTML. simpleCart supports a variety of currencies and shipping options.

simpleCart, a shopping cart software solution

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Features:

  • No databases
  • Customization
  • Payment gateway integration
  • Multiple currencies

6. Quick.cart

Quick.cart is a free shopping cart tool that can quickly create simple online stores. With two available tools (Quick.cart and Quick.cart.ext), users can choose which tool works best for them. Quick.cart.ext is the paid version, and has some additional functionality such as SEO support and plugins.

Quick.cart, a shopping cart software solution

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Features:

  • SEO support
  • No SQL database
  • Secure
  • Plugins
  • Professional support

How to select a shopping cart app for your online store

Free shopping cart software can be a great way to dip your toe into the sea of e-commerce, especially if you have web development experience. If not, many of these tools are easy to install and customize using plugins.

To learn more about e-commerce, check out the top 11 e-commerce trends of 2019.

Lauren Fram
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Lauren Fram

Lauren is a market research analyst focusing on the e-commerce and retail industries. Since joining G2 in July 2017, she has focused her energy on consumer-driven spaces after spending time in the vertical, design, and CAD software spheres. Lauren's writing and research has been cited in publications such as Forbes, Eater, and Nasdaq.com, among others. She enjoys building and sharing her knowledge. Her coverage areas include: retail technology, e-commerce, and restaurant technology.