The 2018 List of 9 OpenCart Multi Vendor Extensions for Online Marketplaces

Looking for a perfect online marketplace solution for OpenCart?

There are quite a few different marketplace extensions for OpenCart out there, so comparing them can be a pain.

Here we've assembled the complete list of multi vendor extensions for OpenCart – free and commercial – to help you choose the one for you.

Free marketplace extensions for OpenCart

ClerksCart Multi Vendor for OpenCart 2.2

ClerksCart has been around since June 2016 and was last updated in December 2016. It currently has under 4000 downloads on OpenCart Marketplace.

According to the description and screenshots, ClerksCart offers basic multi vendor features such as seller account creation and balance management.

The main drawback of ClerksCart is that it overwrites core OpenCart files according to its GitHub source code.

Modifying OpenCart core files directly is a terrible development practice. Extensions that do this will prevent you from updating your OpenCart setup, will cause trouble with custom themes and extensions and will generally make your life as an OpenCart marketplace owner miserable.

There's a reason OpenCart offers at least three different ways of modifying its core files – vQmod, OCMOD and Events.

Another drawback of ClerksCart is that supports OpenCart 2.2 only, which is a dated version. We generally recommend using OpenCart 2.3.0.2 – currently the most stable one.

Pros:

  • It's free

Cons:

  • Overwrites OpenCart core files
  • Only supports OpenCart 2.2
  • No updates since 2016
  • No data on custom theme support

Price: Free

OpenCart Marketplace link:

https://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=marketplace/extension/info&extension_id=26935

Demo link: http://demo.clerkscart.com/

 

MultiMerch Core (discontinued) for OpenCart 1.x to 2.0

MultiMerch Core is a free multi vendor distribution of MultiMerch that was available in 2015 and discontinued in 2016.

It was released under a GPL license on GitHub and offered a wide array of multi vendor features like seller account and product management, transaction and balance management for sellers as well as seller group commission system and payments between sellers and the marketplace.

While we ultimately had to discontinue MultiMerch Core for a number of reasons, its unofficial forks, clones and modifications can still be found on GitHub and being rebranded and resold by third party companies.

If you're a developer looking into multi vendor marketplace system internals, getting a copy of MultiMerch Core with OpenCart 2.0 will give you a good overview of the multi vendor architecture.

However, we wouldn't recommend using MultiMerch Core and OpenCart 1.x/2.0 on a live online marketplace in 2018.

Pros:

  • Codewise follows OpenCart guidelines
  • Offers a decent multi vendor feature set

Cons:

  • Officially discontinued
  • Only supports OpenCart 2.0
  • No updates since 2016
  • Requires manual integration with custom themes

Price: Free

OpenCart Marketplace link: (discontinued, not available)

Demo link: (discontinued, not available)

 

Commercial marketplace extensions for OpenCart

PurpleTree Software Multivendor for OpenCart 2.3 to 3.0 ($99 to $199)

PurpleTree extension is a relatively new one and was published on OpenCart Marketplace in July 2017. Since then, it has accumulated a little over 100 sales and has received mixed feedback from customers - from positive reviews to complaints regarding poor support.

According to the description, PurpleTree offers basic marketplace features such as seller profiles, product and order management for sellers, as well as marketplace owner payouts to sellers and a possibility for buyers to contact sellers through a contact form.

In addition to keeping their OpenCart Marketplace listing up to date, PurpleTree team also offer a number of other OpenCart extensions unrelated to multi vendor both from OpenCart Marketplace and through their own website.

Pros:

  • Affordable price (even better at a discount)
  • Updated on a regular basis
  • Supports OpenCart 2.x and 3.x

Cons:

  • No data on custom theme support

Price: $199 ($99 at a discount)

OpenCart Marketplace link:

https://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=marketplace/extension/info&extension_id=31461

Demo link: https://opencartdemo.purpletreesoftware.com/

 

4Kode Multivendor Shopping Cart for OpenCart 2.3 to 3.0 ($75)

4Kode is a new OpenCart team – the initial version of 4Kode Multivendor was released in November 2017 and has since then had one sale and no public feedback.

According to the OpenCart Marketplace listing of 4Kode Multivendor, it features basic marketplace features and a few extras, such as product and seller reviews, notifications and a way for sellers to contact the marketplace owners.

In addition to the multi vendor extensions, 4Kode offers two other products for OpenCart - a free theme and a mobile app, which is also available on Play Store.

Pros:

  • Affordable price
  • Supports OpenCart 2.x and 3.x

Cons:

  • No customer feedback
  • Only one sale (as of this writing)

Price: $75

OpenCart Marketplace link:

https://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=marketplace/extension/info&extension_id=32534

Demo link: http://demo.4kode.com

 

Aditya Multishippers Advanced Pro for OpenCart 2.2 to 3.0 ($159)

The multishippers extension for OpenCart by Aditya has been around since January 2016 and has 81 sales on OpenCart Marketplace as of February 2018.

According to the description, Multishippers extension offers basic multi vendor features, as well as a number of extras, such as bulk product uploads, individual subdomains for sellers as well as multiple different prices per single product.

The developers of Multishippers – Aditya team – have been with OpenCart since 2011 and have published a number of unrelated OpenCart extensions for OpenCart in addition to Multishippers.

Pros:

  • OpenCart developers with a track record
  • A number of extras in addition to basic vendor features
  • Offering free installation and theme integrations
  • Supports OpenCart 2.x and 3.x

Cons:

  • Not updated since September 2017

Price: $159

OpenCart Marketplace link:

https://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=marketplace/extension/info&extension_id=25284

Demo link: http://multiseller.in/

 

A0twa MultiVendor / Dropshipper Marketplace Management for OpenCart 2.1 to 2.2 ($30)

A0twa has been registered on OpenCart Marketplace in 2015, but the Dropshipper Marketplace extension was published in June 2016 (and last updated in July 2017) and has since then been sold 3 times only.

Compared to other multi vendor extensions for OpenCart, the one by A0twa is offering a different model where the marketplace owner creates vendor accounts and products manually, which is akin to OpenCart's Manufacturers feature.

Pros:

  • Affordable price

Cons:

  • Only 3 sales as of this writing
  • Not updated since July 2017
  • No customer feedback

Price: $30

OpenCart Marketplace link:

https://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=marketplace/extension/info&extension_id=27095

Demo link: http://demoshops.esy.es/admin/index.php?route=suppliers/vendor

 

Waabay Multivendor/Dropshipper for OpenCart 1.5 ($159)

The Dropshipper extension by Waabay is one of the better known multi vendor extensions for OpenCart - and the oldest one, having been originally published back in August 2011.

It has since then accumulated 230 sales, but was last updated in May 2017 and only supports OpenCart 1.5.x.

Waabay Dropshipper, as the name implies, is intended for dropshipping marketplaces rather than regular online marketplaces.

This means the marketplace owner will usually be responsible for inviting vendors and managing the product catalog, while vendors have access to their orders through their back end dashboards.

The main difference from regular online marketplaces is that Waabay Dropshipper vendors have no front end accounts and profiles that can be styled to match the marketplace theme's look and feel.

Apart from this, Waabay offers all of the basic multi vendor features for vendor management, order handling and payments to vendors.

Pros:

  • Prominent OpenCart developers
  • One of the oldest multi vendor extensions for OpenCart
  • Generally positive customer feedback

Cons:

  • No front store accounts for vendors
  • No support for OpenCart 2.x and 3.x
  • Not updated since May 2017
  • No demo available

Price: $159

OpenCart Marketplace link:

https://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=marketplace/extension/info&extension_id=2860

Demo link: (no demo seems to be available)

 

Webkul Multivendor Marketplace for OpenCart 2.0 to 3.0 ($199 to $6,500*)

OpenCart Multivendor by Webkul has been first published in March 2013 and has since then been sold more than 280 times on OpenCart.

Unlike other marketplace solutions for OpenCart, Webkul Marketplace is built in a modular way with the core system providing the basic multi vendor features and additional features being offered as paid addons.

As of 2018, Webkul offers over 50 different addons to their core marketplace system with addon prices ranging from $50 to $400 each.

Webkul itself is a large team of developers offering a wide range of development services for all kinds of platforms. In addition to OpenCart, they are also the developers behind a number of multi vendor plugins for systems such as Magento, Prestashop, Cs-Cart and Odoo CRM.

Pros:

  • Lots of addons for custom feature support
  • Maintained by a large development company
  • Updated on a regular basis
  • Supports OpenCart 2.x and 3.x

Cons:

  • Pretty expensive, the price gets quite steep with addons and setup/support costs included
  • Mixed feedback

Price: $199 to $6,500 (the latter with all addons included, prices taken in February 2018 from the official Webkul website)

OpenCart Marketplace link:

https://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=marketplace/extension/info&extension_id=10848

Demo link: http://ocdemo.webkul.com/www/

 

MultiMerch Marketplace 8 for OpenCart ($485 to $1,500)

MultiMerch Marketplace is an online marketplace solution for OpenCart that focuses on user experience and reliability.

We've been around since 2012 when MultiMerch was first released as OpenCart Digital Marketplace and later renamed to OpenCart Multiseller. The MultiMerch brand was created in 2014.

MultiMerch is designed to provide the best possible experience for marketplace owners out of the box, thus we include the most important marketplace features in the core and don't offer paid addons at the moment.

Pros:

Cons:

  • Pretty expensive out of the box
  • We don't support OpenCart 3

Price: $485 to $1,500

OpenCart Marketplace link:

https://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=marketplace/extension/info&extension_id=19816

Demo link: https://demo.multimerch.com/basel/

Which extension to choose?

These are the marketplace extensions for OpenCart that are available as of February 2018.

Which one do you choose?

We'll publish a more in-depth guide for choosing a marketplace extension for OpenCart shortly, but the main points are:

  • think about your business model upfront and see whether the solution you're looking at supports it – if you intend to collect sign up fees, will you be able to do it easily?
  • consider your team composition, your skills and the level of support offered by the developers – will you be able to handle issues when they eventually arise or will you need help?
  • set aside a budget for the extension itself, for its customization according to your requirements and for any services you may need down the road – can you afford it?
  • if you're looking for more than just the extension code, research the team behind the project – is it a company you can build a business relationship with?

Definitely consider free alternatives first – they just might suit you.

Before committing to the purchase of a commercial extension, you'll definitely want to check out all of the available demos, to through the reviews and get in touch with the developers to make sure you're on the same page.

Using one of the extensions we listed here? Share your feedback in the comments below!

Martin is the founder of MultiMerch who has dedicated his life to building great products.

  • Mohamed Sayed

    Why don't add feature (add already listed product) for example Aditya Multishippers Advanced Pro for OpenCart https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d84e6c5699cb1dd3875c16f889efa1196b6605e28100b07ba90237d6a767546a.png

    • Martin Boss

      We actually have this in plans for the upcoming MultiMerch 9!

      In short – this requires a major product and seller architecture redesign since MultiMerch was originally built for eBay-type marketplaces (one product = one seller), therefore it can't be easily implemented while maintaining backward compatibility with existing marketplaces.

      To make both workflows possible (one product = one seller AND/OR one product = multiple sellers), a new product architecture is needed. We're working on it :)

      • I think that feature still provides 1 to 1 mapping, it adds listed product if not associated to another vendor. BTW thanks for listing our extension, purpletree. There are no bad customer reviews, just one who was pissed off because we told him we do not provide support on teamviewer. It is not practical for us to do that looking at the price we charge. We make it a point to provide very good support and that is the reason we have most of the sales via reference.

        • Martin Boss

          I think I've seen more than one negative review at the time of writing, but the latest ones seem to be mostly positive – I'll adjust this!

          I also think it's pretty dumb how OpenCart Marketplace picks one review seemingly at random and displays it on top, with no details whatsoever. Good if it's a positive one, but if not – tough luck.

          As to the implementation of Amazon-style listing – two ways, basically. Either you keep the 1 to 1 mapping, but make it easier for sellers to list an existing product by pre-filling the fields, or you have a custom 1 to many architecture where there's always a single product record with multiple associated prices. The former way's easier in terms of implementation, but you'll still ultimately have duplicate products in the database, the latter one gives you a true "1 product multiple vendors" system, but then you have to deal with OpenCart's cart and checkout overrides.

          • yeah in our case one bad review has appeared out of the blue and many others, mostly positive, are hidden. Not sure why they don't show all.
            One product and many sellers - this is a complex scenario. Customers do not understand why, and we understand completely because it is not their job to understand technical complexity. Many people want such system. I have declined a sale yesterday because of this feature not being present. It is something like they buy a dog and then want to make it big so they can ride on it. Buy the horse damn it :O

          • Martin Boss

            Haha yeah :D We have our no questions asked refund period in place mostly for this purpose – people often buy without actually ensuring it's what they need, then it turns out they needed something completely different.