Code Quality Rank: L3
Programming language: PHP
License: GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
Tags: Content Management Systems (CMS)     E-commerce    
Latest version: v5.7.0-RC1

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Shopware 6

The completely newly developed successor "Shopware 6" is based entirely on the Symfony Framework and VueJS and is available under MIT licence at https://github.com/shopware/platform

Shopware 5

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Shopware 5 collage

Shopware 5 is an open source e-commerce software made in Germany. Based on technologies like Symfony 4, Doctrine 2 & Zend Framework Shopware comes as the perfect platform for your next e-commerce project. Furthermore, Shopware 5 provides an event-driven plugin system and an advanced hook system, giving you the ability to customize every part of the platform.

Visit the forum at https://forum.shopware.com/

Shopware Server Requirements

  • PHP 7.4.0 or above
  • Apache 2.2 or 2.4
  • Apache's mod_rewrite module
  • MySQL 5.7.0 or above
Required PHP extensions:
  • ctype
  • curl
  • dom
  • filter
  • hash
  • iconv
  • gd (with freetype and libjpeg)
  • json
  • mbstring
  • OpenSSL
  • session
  • SimpleXML
  • xml
  • zip
  • zlib
  • fileinfo

Installation via Git

Follow the instruction below if you want to install Shopware 5 using Git.

1.) Clone the git repository to the desired location using:

git clone https://github.com/shopware/shopware.git

In case you wish to contribute to Shopware, fork the 5.7 branch rather than cloning it, and create a pull request via GitHub. For further information please read the section "Get involved" of this document.

2.) Set the correct directory permissions:

chmod -R 755 custom/plugins
chmod -R 755 engine/Shopware/Plugins/Community
chmod -R 755 files
chmod -R 755 media
chmod -R 755 var
chmod -R 755 web

Depending on your server configuration, it might be necessary to set whole write permissions (777) to the files and folders above. You can also start testing with lower permissions due to security reasons (644 for example) as long as your PHP process can write to those files.

3.) A Makefile may be used to set up the configuration and database connection:

  • Copy .env.dist to .env and modify variables if needed
  • make init

Info regarding platform inter-compatibility

The Makefile is intended to work with Linux and Mac systems alike which means that we're not able to use all features of modern GNU make. Some workarounds are in place because of this and place constraints on the functionality of this way to set up Shopware (there might be issues when using special characters inside the variables of the .env file). The Makefile is therefore only to be used for testing and development setups at the moment.

4.) Download the test images and extract them:

Go to the root directory of your shopware system and download the test images:

wget -O test_images.zip http://releases.s3.shopware.com/test_images_since_5.1.zip

For older Shopware versions < 5.1

wget -O test_images.zip http://releases.s3.shopware.com/test_images.zip

Unzip the files inside the root directory:

unzip test_images.zip

You can now access your shop


The backend is located at /backend example http://your.shop.com/backend. Backend Login: demo/demo

The test_images.zip file includes thumbnails for the new responsive theme and the old deprecated template.

If you want to have full-featured demo data, you should download the respective demo data plugin in the First Run Wizard or in the Plugin Manager.

Frontend users in demo data

Get involved

Shopware is available under dual license (AGPL v3 and proprietary license). If you want to contribute code (features or bugfixes), you have to create a pull request and include valid license information. You can either contribute your code under New BSD or MIT license.

If you want to contribute to the backend part of Shopware, and your changes affect or are based on ExtJS code, they must be licensed under GPL V3, as per license requirements from Sencha Inc.

If you are not sure which license to use, or want more details about available licensing or the contribution agreements we offer, you can contact us at [email protected].

For more information about contributing to Shopware, please see [CONTRIBUTING.md](CONTRIBUTING.md).

How to report bugs / request features?

We've always had a sympathetic ear for our community, so please feel free to submit tickets with bug reports or feature requests. In order to have a single issue tracking tool, we've decided to close the GitHub issue panel in favor of our Jira issue tracker, which is directly connected to our development division.

Copying / License

Shopware is distributed under a dual license (AGPL v3 and proprietary license). You can find the whole license text in the license.txt file.


The changelog and all available commits are located under https://github.com/shopware/shopware.

Further reading

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Shopware Community Edition README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.