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X-Cart Hosting – Web App Overview

X-Cart is a commercial, open source shopping cart solution that comes with two e-commerce platforms and a built-in marketplace of add-ons

The X-Cart 4 (Classic) and X-Cart 5 are both PHP-based, 100% PCI-DSS compliant, and feature-rich. They include a template editor, WYSIWYG text labels editor, and CMS capabilities.

However, X-Cart 5 has an edge over the classic version for its more advanced functionality. This includes customization panel, store upgrades, platform maintenance & development, marketing & sales, and SEO tools.

Who uses X-Cart?

Both X-Cart platforms have been powering a wide range of e-commerce websites, including automobiles, electronics, clothing, fitness equipment, and antiques.


  • Excellent cost of ownership
  • Open source PHP code
  • Smart and hassle-free performance
  • Fast & Secure
  • Great community support
  • Sell anything – products, services, even downloads
  • Unlimited products and categories
  • Integration with all popular payment gateways and shipping carriers
  • Sell everywhere – multiple currencies and languages
  • Fully customizable design
  • Marketing tools including coupons, banners and more
  • Mobile Ready and Free Skins
  • Fully compliant with payment data security standards
  • Even sell via Facebook with f‑Commerce GO
  • Built-in fully adaptive Ideal Responsive template
  • Cross-Browser, Multi-Platform
  • Online demonstration of skins bundled with X-Cart
  • Authorization via social profiles (Facebook, Google, etc)
  • Catalog Management Features
  • Shipping & Tax
  • Marketing & Search
  • Multiple payment options
  • Administration features

See the difference between X-Cart 4 and X-Cart 5 features here.

A closer look at X-Cart

X-Cart 5.3.4 is the latest release.

Find out how this software works first hand, go to the demo page.

Websites using X-Cart

There are 11,000+ live websites using X-Cart, and about 570 sites are located in Australia. (source:

A sample of X-Cart-powered online businesses:

Hosting Requirements

  • PHP 5.4 or higher
  • PDO extension with MySQL driver
  • Phar extension
  • mbstring extension is highly recommended (though X-Cart has a polyfill for it, native extension will speed up string processing)
  • MySQL 5.1.31 or higher. You can also use MySQL-compatible database engine MariaDB.
  • 200-300Mb of disk space
  • libCURL module support (minimum required CURL version is 7.39.0; version 7.43.0 is recommended)
  • ini_set enabled
  • safe_mode disabled
  • file_uploads  enabled
  • post_max_size set to 2M+ and larger than the upload_max_filesize value (critical for installation)
  • upload_max_filesize set to 2M or higher
  • magic_quotes_runtime disabled (for PHP versions prior to 5.4.x)
  • memory_limit set to 128M or higher (if you are using 64-bit processors in your server environment, the memory_limit value must be 256M or higher)
  • GDLib 2.0 or ImageMagick (recommended for proper image resizing routines)
  • PHP time limit properly set according to your server config
  • mod_rewrite-like components to enable proper work of SEO-friendly URLs
  • if xdebug is enabled, xdebug.max_nesting_level must be set to 300
  • if OPcache is enabled, opcache.save_comments and opcache.load_comments must be true (set to “1”). Any other cachers should not strip comments from the code too.

Getting started with X-Cart

Get the X-Cart software through Hosting Cloud via the One Click Application Installer.

The software is also downloadable directly from X-Cart website. Installation tutorial is provided.


Publisher: X-Cart
Category: e-Commerce
Initial release: 2001
Language: PHP
Dev/s: Creative Technologies LLC
License: Proprietary software
Price: Free edition, $495 (Business), $1,495 (Multivendor), $5,995 (Ultimate)

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