How Are osCommerce and ZenCart Related?

I have deployed osCommerce storefronts three times in the past few years. Now, I have created a ZenCart site for our school auction, because ZenCart has an auction product type, whereas osCommerce does not. In my first experience with ZenCart, I was suprised to find that many parts look exactly like osCommerce. On the whole, ZenCart appears more fully developed: more modules, proper admin authentication, more product types, and so on. Some of the code also appears to use the same conventions. It appears to me that either the code split into two projects at some point, or else someone copied many of the features of one to create the other. Do you know the history of these two projects?


  1. JYOuyang says:

    Zen Cart Sourceforge Page:

    "Zen Cart is a PHP e-commerce shopping program. Built on a foundation of OScommerce GPL code, it provides an easy-to-setup and run online store. Developed by people who make a living from selling online and who understand what the merchant really needs."

    So a fork.

  2. rkassissieh says:

    Thanks, Jimmy! Hope you’re having a good year. It sounds like it wasn’t an amicable split, given the above quote!


  3. Natalia says:

    Hi Richard,

    I would like to use the Auction Product Type for my Zen Cart website as well, would like to check if I can view your auction site and see if it is working well before I set it up live on my site, may I?

    Currently I’m just testing it on my PC using EasyPHP, and can’t tell how the email mechanism works.. and I also can’t view from the admin control panel regarding the history of the bids…