10 Options for Multi-Vendor Shopping Carts

Multi-vendor e-commerce sites are really popular.

Sites such as eBay, Etsy and AliBaba have enormous reach and support with 100,000's of sellers on just one site.

However, multi-vendor sites are also really difficult to build and maintain. E-commerce itself is difficult enough, but when you multiply the number of transactions and vendors, you multiply all of the potential issues.

Still, we often get asked how to set up a multi-vendor site. For our members and our readers, here are options for building a multi-vendor site with open source software.

Note: We haven't tried many of these options. Look at the price tags on some of them and you'll see why. Please approach this as a list of options and not recommendations.

#1. Yo!Kart

01 yokart
  • Link for more information.
  • Price: $250 and up.
  • Description: Yo!kart is an e-commerce platform that focused exclusively on setting up multi-vendor stores. They have options for a hosted, managed solution and a self-hosted product that runs on PHP and Apache.

#2. Magento with Marketplace

02 magentro marketplace
  • Link for more information.
  • Price: $349 plus your Magento license costs.
  • Description: Magento is perhaps the most popular open-source shopping cart. It is mostly used by medium-to-large companies with money to spend. Marketplace allows multiple vendors to upload and sell products. Vendors can also get reviews and ratings on their products.

#3. OpenCart, Joomla, WordPress with Multi Vendor / Drop Shipper


#4. IXXO, Joomla, WordPress with IXXO Multi-Vendor Edition

03 ixxo

  • Link for more information.
  • Price: $1,495.
  • Description: IXXO is a shopping cart that's available as a stand-alone cart, as a Joomla extension and as a WordPress plugin.

#5. Joomla with Hikashop

04 hikamarket multi vendor
  • Link for more information.
  • Price: €150.
  • Description: Hikashop is a popular Joomla e-commerce extension. Multivendor allow other vendors to sell their products in your store.

#6. WordPress with WooCommerce and WCMarketplace

05 wc marketplace

#7. WordPress with Dokan Multivendor Multiplace


#8. WordPress with YITH WooCommerce Multivendor 

10 yith

#9. CS-Cart with Multi-Vendor

09 cscart multivendor
  • Link for more information.
  • Price: $1,450.
  • Description: CS-Cart is an open source, PHP / MySQL shopping cart and does have a multi-vendor edition.

#10. Drupal with Drupal Commerce

  • Link for more information.
  • Price: Free.
  • Description: Drupal Commerce is a powerful shopping cart system for Drupal. It can be made into a multi-vendor store as detailed here and in the comments below.

#11. Prestashop with Agile Multiple Shop

14 prestashop with agile multiple shop module

#12. Prestashop with Knowband Marketplace

12 prestashop with knowband

  • Link for more information.
  • Price: £109,99 excluding VAT.
  • Description: Very popular and well documented multi-vendor module for Prestashop. 

#13. Bit-Cart Hosted Shopping Cart

16 bit cart

  • Link for more information.
  • Price: from $79 per month.
  • Description: A hosted shopping cart solution with multi-vendor pricing plans.

#14. Joomla or WordPress with jMarket Extension by Joobi

15 jmarket by joobi

  • Link for more information.
  • Price: from $40 NZD.
  • Description: A multi-vendor cart working either as a Joomla extension of a WordPress plugin.

#15. Exlcart

17 exlcart

About the author

Steve is the founder of OSTraining. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Sarasota in the USA. Steve's work straddles the line between teaching and web development.