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What is VirtueMart? VirtueMart is an open source eCommerce solution designed as an extension of the Mambo or CMS. It’s written in PHP and requires the MySQL database environment for storage.

Here is step by step instruction on how to install VirtueMart:

Step 1. Download the latest stable version of VirtueMart from here.

You will see test versions at the top of the page. These may include new features and bug fixes and some new bugs. So we don’t recommend you to use these versions. Use them for testing only!

the latest stable version of VirtueMart

Step 2. Unzip the downloaded file com_virtuemart.3.x.y.extract_first.zip
It will extract three more zip-files:

  • com_virtuemart.3.x.y.zip – which holds the main VirtueMart component.
  • com_virtuemart.3.x.y_ext_aio.zip – which holds all modules and plugins essential for VirtueMart.
  • com_tcpdf_1.0.0.zip – which holds the TCPDF plugin essential for VirtueMart.

zip files

Step 3. Install the component com_virtuemart.3.x.y.zip via the Joomla Extension manager.

Install the componentInstall the component

Step 4. Install the component com_virtuemart.3.x.y_ext_aio.zip (aio = all-in-one) via the Joomla Extension manager.

Install the component

Step 5. Install the component com_tcpdf_1.0.0.zip via the Joomla Extension manager. This will install the necessary plugin to print your documents like invoices and delivery notes.

Install the component

Some help on how to use the Joomla installer:

Joomla 2.5.: http://docs.joomla.org/Help25:Extensions_Extension_Manager_Install

Joomla 3.x.: https://docs.joomla.org/Help34:Extensions_Extension_Manager_Install

The procedure to update VirtueMart 3 to a newer version is the same as for the installation described above.
You should always update all three components, the main component with installing com_virtuemart.3.x.y.zip and the modules and plugins with com_virtuemart.3.x.y_ext_aio.zip as well as the com_tcpdf.1.0.0.zip (you might skip the last, if the version number is not changed).

If you have any question about this post, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. And don’t forget to share with your friends if you find it useful! Thanks!

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