e-Commerce, Shopping Cart

VirtueMart is a highly configurable and customizable multi-language shopping cart solution for Joomla 2.5 and 3 with a large number of additional extensions.

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Based on Joomla MVC framework with all its advantages:

  • Template overriding,
  • Implementation of Joomla Plugins for: payment, shipment, coupons, calculation rules, custom product fields, ...
  • Simple installation and integration of other joomla extensions.
  • Joomla 2.5/3.x ACL


  • nested categories
  • with meta tags for seo
  • with description and media


  • with meta tags for seo
  • short and long description
  • dimensions (weight, size)
  • multiple media
  • multi-variants/attributes for products (variant-matrix)
  • unlimited child products and derivated levels
  • product pattern (Parent product used as pattern for child products)
  • related products
  • reviews and ratings


  • pricing depending by shoppergroups
  • price display depending by shoppergroups
  • payment/shipment depending by shoppergroups


  • customizable shopper input form
  • input form depended on registration, checkout or shipment
  • recaptcha
  • adressbook
  • default Bill-to and Ship-to address
  • default payment and shipment method


  • stocking/inventory
  • stock warning
  • virtual stock (ordered but not finally bought)


  • various type of prices to display depended by shoppergroup
  • prices adjusted by shopper choosen currency
  • different currency format per currency
  • unit price
  • quantity based pricing


  • auto updating rates
  • add your own currencies for fixed currency rates


  • default SEF/SEO integrated


  • discounts based on time, category, shoppergroup, country, and state
  • tax based on time, category, shoppergroup, country, and state
  • discounts, tax per product and/or order
  • discounts, tax have their own currencies (for duties)


  • based on plugins, already onboard:PayPal, Paypal Pro, Paypal Express Checkout, Amazon Pay, Klarna and Klarna Checkout, Sofort Banking and Sofort iDeal, Skrill, Heidelpay,, Realex(and a lot more in the net)
  • minimal amount / maximal amount to use a payment
  • transaction fees
  • by countries
  • by shopper groups
  • by categories and more


  • based on plugins
  • by shopper groups
  • by countries


  • guest checkout; completly anonymous checkout
  • option to register at begin of checkout
  • cart is an object, competly overridable by template
  • cart is stored in the session
  • multi-page checkout
  • one page checkout
  • SSL


  • payment/shipment workflow
  • history
  • modifiable
  • order tracking for anonymous users
  • order editing
  • pdf invoice, delivery note


  • latest
  • topten (most sold)
  • newest
  • featured
  • sortable
  • searchable
  • shipment/payment


  • native with Joomla!
  • allows partial translations


  • coupon handling

VirtueMart ist eine hochgradig konfigurierbare und anpassbare mehrsprachige Warenkorb-Lösung für Joomla 2.5 und 3 mit einer großen Anzahl von zusätzlichen Erweiterungen.


Posted on 10 June 2013

By far the best extension for your online store.Easy to use and easily customisable. At first can seem a little daunting.Lacks some features like multi image upload, so if you have many products you have to upload images one by one.Forums suggest to use FTP and update media files and tables but nah.A more intuitive interface would be great to say link products by image or by field eg color.However there are some great extensions that can achieve this like cherrypicker. Recommended update to latest version for security (aio first) and back end virtuemart second. Overall excellent:-)

Very archaic design that is not at all intuitive, especially if you have used other modern ecommerce extensions and lots and lots of bugs still in version 2.0.20b

Forum support? If you get 1 in 3 questions responded to feel privileged. If you get any answered without being insulted go and buy a lottery ticket.

There are more powerful, feature rich ecommerce systems out there that are both easier to use, less buggy and with better documentation. Your clients will thank you.

One VM2 project was one too many.

I think It's best Shopping Cart for Joomla.

I made many VirtueMart Shop and I love VirtueMart.

Great extension

Posted on 03 May 2013

This is a great extension. Thanks to the comunity by develop and support this project.

not easy

Posted on 03 May 2013

I honestly found this a bit hard to use, but overall it wasn't as bad as some of the others in this niche.

As others have thoroughly explained, documentation is sketchy at best. This solution is UNAVAILABLE for Joomla! 3 altogether. Of course their website failed to provide a page for "system requirements" so I didn't know that until after the fact.

The system works if you want to downgrade to Joomla! 2.5.

Owner's reply: Yes at begin we concentrated on fixing bugs. Since the relaunch we have new virutemart 2 documentation
The requirements are written down here . VM2 has the same requirements as joomla 2.5. The experience with j1.6 and j1.7 tells us that we wait with joomla 3.x compatibility for the next LTS 3.5. Expect that we will be ready in time.

I recommend this free e-commerce extensions also if know to code a bit, because you'll need to fix various bug and customize it for your needs. In any case it's a good start.

If you want a propper shopping process, you'll need to spend a lot of programming time for views and plugins. But perhaps I am a bit discerning on this point. :-)

Specially German shop owners need to override the carts views completely. With the standard views only, it is impossible to create a legal contract with a customer due to German laws.

If you are experienced with joomla development, don't dread to use it. But it's not a plug and play solution!

Owner's reply: I think you are misinformed about the new German law of august 2012. There is a lot of misinformation in the net. The only thing you have usually to add for B2C is the "Widerrufsbelehrung", because other countries in the world have only the TOS checkbox. VM2 is a global product and we cannot provide solutions for every country out of the box. For more information you should join this forum (in german)

Very good shop

Posted on 08 April 2013

After so many years, this still is my favorite e-shop.

Love it!

Its a great system, but the support team is shocking. Forum posts asking for help are replied with links to previous issues, which are links to further issues. I felt as if I was going around in circles.

Many unanswered posts with comments that you have to have the version number, PHP version etc before they will answer. Thats not a problem for me, but I do know that some people are lost at this point.

Ive seen people so desperate that they offer cash for help. This is the only extension I have come across that seems desperate for help. I suppose that some (like me) use our sites as income, means that we are at the mercy off those that can assist.

I also suggest you view the admin area before taking the plunge. It looks ancient in design and style so some guesswork is needed.

I took there advice an voted for them... If they didnt treat users like dumb animals, it wouldnt be so bad.

Owner's reply: "Forum posts asking for help are replied with links to previous issues". A lot people dont search first, they directly start a thread with their question. The idea of a forum is that we answer one time and it helps 1000s people. But it does not really help, when 100s of these 1000 people create their own topic. So we just connect these topics.
It is often impossible to help without knowing the Version`number. Very often people claim a bug which is fixed since months. We start to search again to find out that the user has an outdated version.
Why should another enduser/volunteer help, if the person questioning does not provide the basics.
If someone shows that he is not reflecting his behaviour, it is very likely he did not read the manual and is too lazy to invest 10 minutes reading. Why the community should invest in this selfish person the 10 minutes? Why? The person does not even invest himself the 10 minutes, why the community should do it for him? Would you do it?
It seems you do not recognise that you was part of the community. How many questions did you answer?


VirtueMart Team
Last updated:
Aug 23 2017
Date added:
Mar 05 2006
GPLv2 or later
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