zencart to shopify

How to migrate from Zen Cart to Shopify?

The essence of LitExtension products focuses on their friendliness to users, which means that every shopping cart owners, even who has little knowledge of technology, can follow guidance and migrate data from Zen Cart to Shopify easily. You are advised that need not to consult any other sources except this understandable step-by-step guide below.

1. Preparation

– Permission to upload files to Zen Cart store
– Permission for third IP to access Zen Cart store
– PHP Compatibility: PHP 4.x or later.

2. Setup

2.1. Install Cart Migration
Cart Migration is a web application, it will be installed automatically.

Please login to LitExtension and go to My Account > My Downloadable Products then click to the Hosted Tool link  to do fully automatic installations.

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2.2. Install Connector for Zen Cart

  • Step 1: Access to Zen Cart store by using FTP program
  • Step 2: Upload the folder ‘connector’ to Zen Cart root folder
  • Step 3: Test the connector by accessing http(s)://yourstore.com/cartmigration_connector/connector.php. Connector is set up successfully if getting message “Connector installed”.
  • Step 4: For security, open connector.php in ‘connector’ folder, find this very first line:
    define(‘LECM_TOKEN’, ‘123456’);
    And change “123456” to another string which used to enter to the Migration Form (Cart Token) and acts like “password” to prevent unauthorized data access to your source store.

3. Migration

Return to http://mycm.litextension.com/cm/abc/xyz/cartmigration_app, you are now at Step 1 of migration process.
The migration will go through 3 simple steps. Just hit “Next” when you finish one step to advance.

3.1. Step 1: Source Cart and Target Cart Setup

Zen Cart setup
Fulfill information in the setup table:

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– Cart Type: Choose ‘Zen Cart ’
– Cart URL: Your Zen Cart URL
– Token: The token string which has been configured in connector.php . The default token is: 123456


Shopify Setup

Follow similar steps with Shopify as in Source Cart Setup

With the step API Key fulfilling, you can follow as:

  1. Log in to your Shopify store admin area, copy the admin Url (remove /admin) to use as “Cart Url” in migration.
  2. From admin area, go to Apps Menu. Then, scroll down the page and click Manage private apps link.
  3. In the next page, enter your Private app name. Click “Review disabled Admin API Permissions“and change all Permissions to “Read and Write“.
    Then scroll to the bottom, in Storefront API area, make sure this option is UNCHECK : Allow this app to access data from your storefront (to disable customer notification emails in the process migrating order’s data).
  4. Click Save App, at the Admin API area you will see API Key and Password. Copy and paste it into the corresponding field and proceed to the next step.

3.2. Step 2: Migration Configuration

  • Select suitable Languages, Order Statuses and Currencies for Shopify store.
    Languages Mapping: If your Zen Cart is multilingual, corresponding languages (or storeviews) should be available in Shopify. You may need to create additional languages in Shopify to avoid data loss.
    Currencies Mapping: Assign Zen Cart currencies to proper Shopify currencies.
    Orders Status Mapping: Assign Zen Cart order statuses to proper Shopify order statuses.
  • Select all data you want to migrate from Zen Cart to Shopify.


  • Additional Options:
    Migrate recent data: In case Zen Cart is still live and continue getting new data during migration process, this option helps to migrate recent ones only without starting over again.
    Clear current data on Target Store before Migration: All current products, categories, manufacturers, customers, orders, product reviews, taxes will be cleared in Shopify if you choose this option
    Migrate categories and products SEO URLs: SEO URL of Zen Cart will be preserved in Shopify , allowing keeping Pagerank.
    Transfer images in product descriptions to Target Store: Download all images in product description into Shopify so that it won’t have to refer back to Zen Cart or anywhere else for images.
    Preserve Customer IDs on Target Store: This will help to preserve your old Customer IDs for easier reference.
    Preserve Order IDs on Target Store: This will help to preserve your old Order IDs for easier reference

3.3. Step 3: Migration
The migration will take place automatically in this final step. In order for it to progress, you should not close your browser of remove Source Cart Connector.
After the migration is completed, click on “Clear Cache and ReIndex Data” to finish.


That’s all about migration process which can be carried out yourselves. Technical knowledge and skills are not necessary to use LitExtension shopping cart migration tools. Hope that with this detailed guide and attached video, online store owners don’t hesitate to try our live demo and decide to use our Zen Cart to Shopify migration tool – optimized solution for your online business.

You can also consider to migrate ZenCart to other target carts:

Migrate ZenCart to Magento 

Migrate ZenCart to WooCommerce

Migrate ZenCart to Prestashop 

Migrate ZenCart to OpenCart

Migrate ZenCart to BigCommerce

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