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LiveCart System Requirements

LiveCart is written in PHP and uses MySQL as the database backend. This setup is supported by most hosting providers.

Minimum Server Requirements

Recommended Server Setup

Linux, FreeBSD or other Unix-like OS

For the best performance it is recommended to use an Unix-like operating system like Linux or FreeBSD. However LiveCart will work just fine on Windows, too.

Apache web server

Although LiveCart will work just fine on other servers, like IIS, Lighthttpd and others, static URL's can only be handled by Apache at this time. Apache is by far the most popular web server software, and is used in most shared-hosting environments.

mod_rewrite module for Apache

Enabling mod_rewrite module will allow to use static (search engine friendly) URL's. Almost all Apache-based shared hosting environments have mod_rewrite module enabled.

mod_deflate module for Apache

mod_deflate gzip-compresses your store pages, as well as CSS and JavaScript files, so the pages will load faster, especially when a visitor is using a slower internet connection. LiveCart is pre-configured to make use of mod_deflate module when it's available.

GD library for PHP

Enabling GD library will allow to upload product images. This library is usually enabled in most shared hosting setups.


eAccelerator increases the performance of PHP scripts by caching them in their compiled state, so that the overhead of compiling is almost completely eliminated. Using eAccelerator will usually reduce 30-50% of execution time (store pages will load almost twice as fast) and will usually reduce memory consumption as well.

Requirements for Specific Payment Gateways

CURL library for PHP

PHP's CURL library is necessary if you're going to use any of the following payment handlers:

  • Authorize.net
  • ChronoPay

SOAP library for PHP

PHP's SOAP library is required if any of the following payment methods are going to be used:

  • PayPal Direct Payment
  • PayPal Express Checkout

SOAP library is not required for PayPal Website Payments Standard.

Web Browser Requirements

Store Frontend Pages

To use LiveCart store frontend there are no particular requirements for web browser - the frontend will work well with practically any browser that is still in use today - Internet Explorer 5 and newer, any version of Mozilla Firefox, as well as Safari, Opera, Konqueror, etc. LiveCart store frontend does not even require JavaScript to be turned on. It means that there is a very slight chance that a visitor could not use your store because of an incompatible web browser.

Store Backend Administration Area

LiveCart backend is an entirely different story. It relies on AJAX heavily to support the interactive functionality and make store administration tasks simpler and easier. Currently the LiveCart admin backend only works with Mozilla Firefox browser, so to manage your store you need to have Mozilla Firefox installed on your computer.