German Shopware e-commerce software goes open source


Shopware, which is said to be the largest manufacturer of shop systems in Germany, has released version 5.2 of its e-commerce software. One of the most significant changes is the elimination of ionCube encryption software, making its software 100% open source.

Shopware released version 5.2 of its e-commerce software available for download. In addition to the move to open source, Shopware has also added many new features, which it says are the result of more than 70,000 members of its community submitting suggestions for improvement. CEO Stefan Hamann: “For several years we have been encouraging an open dialogue with the community in order to connect more directly with their wishes for an e-commerce platform.

Shopware has tried to bridge the gap between the retail store and the online store. The press release talks about “creating emotional shopping environments” and “providing more engaging online experiences”. With the release of Shopware 4, the German e-commerce software provider introduced Shopping Worlds, which allows the user to create virtual storefronts that can be extended through plugins. Now this module has been further optimized for all mobile devices and is no longer associated with a particular category, which should increase the flexibility of the software module.

More Shopware Updates

The German company has also integrated its Pickware ERP system into the backend of the Professional and Professional Plus editions and address management has been significantly extended in the frontend. It also overhauled its plugin system and integrated extensions deeper into the kernel. “This makes the readability of the plugin simpler and clearer, which allows plugin developers to maintain their work even more comfortably,” comments Hamann. With version 5.2, it is also possible to create an unlimited number of sub-shops, completely free of charge.

Open source e-commerce software

Earlier this year, Shopware decided to part ways with ionCube encryption software. As a result, Shopware is now 100% open source. “This provides a major benefit to retailers who want to modify any of the Shopware modules to meet the specific needs of their store. “

About Shopware

Store items was founded in Germany in 2000 and has more than 54,000 installations, 2,000 plugins and 1,200 partners. Online store software is aimed at businesses of all sizes and claims to be one of Europe’s most successful e-commerce software manufacturers.


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