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osCommerce version 4.x installation on your own server for multiple sales channels

Are you looking to set up your own online store with multiple sales channels? osCommerce version 4.x provides a robust e-commerce solution that can be easily installed on your own server. In this guide, we'll walk you through the installation process, so you can get your online business up and running in no time.


Step 1: Download osCommerce 4.x

To begin, head over to the official osCommerce website at https://www.oscommerce.com/ and click on the "Download your FREE Shopping Cart" button. This will download a zip file containing the necessary installation files.

Step 2: Upload Files to Your Server

Unzip the downloaded file and use your preferred FTP client to upload its contents to the "public_html" folder on your server. You can find more detailed instructions in the readme file provided.

Step 3: Start the Installation Process

Once the upload is complete, navigate to your website and click on the "Next" button on the "Unpacking Installation Files" page. From there, click "Accept and Start Installation" on the "License Agreement" page.

Step 4: Pre-Installation Check

On the "Pre-installation Check" page, click the "Proceed" button to ensure your server meets all the requirements for osCommerce 4.x.

Step 5: Database Access

Fill in the required fields for Database Access on the third step and click "Install Database" to set up your database.


Note: If you encounter an error, check the box next to "Delete data and continue installation" to clear your database and click "Retry."

Step 6: Configuration Settings

On the fourth step, provide the necessary information and click "Update Database." You'll also have the option to choose between multiple sales channels or a single one from the drop-down list. By default, multiple sales channels are selected.

Step 7: Administrator Account

Fill in the required fields on the fifth step to create the Administrator Account. Click "Create Access," and you'll receive an email with the login details and a link to access the administrator area.

Step 8: Completing the Installation

You can either click "To visit admin area click here" or "Complete Installation" to access the osCommerce Splash page with further information. Here, you can view all your installed sales channels and log in to the administrator area by clicking on the "Admin" option.

Step 9: Final Configuration

Once in the administrator area, click on the "Dashboard" tab. You'll notice a warning prompting you to remove the Installation directory for security reasons. Go ahead and remove it from the server. Refresh the page to confirm that the warning no longer appears.

Step 10: Confirm Sales Channels and Themes

Click on the "Sales channels" tab to verify that all four sales channels have been installed successfully. Similarly, check the "Design and CMS" and "Themes" tab to ensure all four themes are in place.


Step 11: Configuration Complete!

Congratulations! OsCommerce 4.x is now installed on your server, and you've set up multiple sales channels for your online store. From here, you can further configure your website to meet your specific business needs.

With osCommerce's powerful features and user-friendly interface, you're well on your way to building a successful e-commerce business. If you encounter any issues or have questions, osCommerce's support and documentation can help you along the way.

Also see the link to the playlist below demonstrating the osCommerce version 4.x installation on your own server, Install osCommerce for me and Let me install myself options:


Start exploring the possibilities, and best of luck with your online venture! Happy selling!

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osCommerce 4.x

shopping cart



New PayPal Module (Latest API 2.0)

osCommerce 2.2

osCommerce 2.3

Shopping cart customizations


PayPal Express

APM (Alternative Payment Method)

Standard Variant

Advanced Variant



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Install osCommerce for Me

Let me install myself

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Single active sales channel

Installation on your own server

Assigning theme to sales channel

Deleting sales channel


App Shop

Adding Free Module

Admin Area

Adding Paid Module

Installing Module

Opayo Pi Module

Development Mode

Email Verification Before Registration

Managing Languages

Managing phpMussel

Managing Orders

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Creating Manual Orders

Managing Customers

Managing Customer Groups

Managing Brands

Managing Categories

Managing Filters on Categories

Managing Products

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Assigning Products and Categories to Front Ends

Assigning and Moving Products to Categories

Managing Default Sort Order on Product Listing and Category

Managing Cross-Sell and UPSell

Managing Reviews

Managing Attributes

Managing Product Groups

Managing Properties

Managing Suppliers

Managing Warehouses

Managing Sales Statistics and Purchase Report

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Managing Sales Price

Managing Giveaways

Managing Featured Products

Managing SEO

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Settings of E-commerce Tracking for Google Tag Manager

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Deleting Sales Channels

Managing Translations

Managing Email Templates

Managing Catalog Pages

Managing Shipping Modules

Managing Payment Modules

Managing Order Structure

Managing Socials

Managing Extensions

Managing Managers

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Mail Sending via SMTP

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