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How to install VirtueMart

This article describes how to install the VirtueMart e-commerce extension in Joomla.

This article assumes that you already have a functioning Joomla installation. If you need to install Joomla, follow the procedures in this article first. Make sure you install Joomla version 2.5, because VirtueMart is currently not supported on Joomla version 3.

Installing VirtueMart

VirtueMart is a Joomla extension, which makes installation straightforward. Before you install VirtueMart, however, make sure you are running Joomla 2.5. VirtueMart is currently not supported with Joomla 3.

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To install VirtueMart:

  1. Download to your computer the VirtueMart installation .zip file located at http://dev.virtuemart.net/projects/virtuemart/files.
    Usually, you should download the most recent stable version. At the time this article is published, the com_virtuemart.2.0.24_extract_first.zip file is the most current stable version.
  2. Decompress the .zip file on your computer. After you decompress the .zip file, you should have two additional .zip files:
    • com_virtuemart.2.0.24.zip
    • com_virtuemart.2.0.24_ext_aio.zip
    The exact filenames vary based on the VirtueMart version you download.
  3. Use a web browser to log in to your Joomla site as the administrator.
  4. On the Administration page, on the top menu bar, click Extensions, and then click Extension Manager.
  5. Under Upload Package File, click Browse.
  6. Locate the com_virtuemart.2.0.24.zip file, and then click Open.

    The exact filename varies based on the VirtueMart version you download. Additionally, make sure you do not install the com_virtuemart.2.0.24_ext_aio.zip file first. The installation order is important.
  7. Click Upload & Install. Joomla installs the extension.
  8. On the top menu bar, click Extensions, and then click Extension Manager.
  9. Under Upload Package File, click Browse.
  10. Locate the com_virtuemart.2.0.24_ext_aio.zip file, and then click Open.

    The exact filename varies based on the VirtueMart version you download.
  11. Click Upload & Install. Joomla installs the extension.
  12. On the top menu bar, click Components, and then click VirtueMart. The VirtueMart control panel appears.

Troubleshooting

When you try to install the VirtueMart extension, you may receive the following error message:

Unable to Find Install Package

To resolve this problem, you may need to increase the file upload limits in your web site's php.ini file. For more information about how to do this, please see this article.

More Information

For more information about VirtueMart, please visit http://virtuemart.net.