Laravel ecommerce package for professional, ultra fast online shops, complex B2B applications and #gigacommerce

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Aimeos is THE professional, full-featured and ultra fast e-commerce package for Laravel 5 and 6! You can install it in your existing Laravel application within 5 minutes and can adapt, extend, overwrite and customize anything to your needs.

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Supported versions

This document is for the Aimeos Laravel package 2020.10 and later.

  • LTS release: 2020.10 (6.x, 7.x and 8.x)
  • Old LTS release: 2019.10 (Laravel 5.5+, 6.x and 7.x)

If you want to upgrade between major versions, please have a look into the upgrade guide!

Basic application

Full shop application

If you want to set up a new application or test Aimeos, we recommend the Aimeos shop application. It will install a complete shop system using the last LTS version including demo data for a quick start without the need to follow the steps described in this readme:

composer create-project aimeos/aimeos myshop

More about the full package: ⭐ Aimeos shop

Shop package only

The Aimeos Laravel online shop package is a composer based library. It can be installed easiest by using Composer in the root directory of your exisisting Laravel application:

composer require aimeos/aimeos-laravel:~2020.10


Make sure that you've created the database in advance and added the configuration to the .env file in your application directory. Sometimes, using the .env file makes problems and you will get exceptions that the connection to the database failed. In that case, add the database credentials to the resource/db section of your ./config/shop.php file too!

If you don't have at least MySQL 5.7.8 or MariaDB 10.2.2 installed, you will probably get an error like

Specified key was too long; max key length is 767 bytes

To circumvent this problem, drop the new tables if there have been any created and change the charset/collation setting in ./config/database.php to these values before installing Aimeos again:

'connections' => [
    'mysql' => [
        // ...
        'charset' => 'utf8',
        'collation' => 'utf8_unicode_ci',
        // ...

If you want to use a database server other than MySQL, please have a look into the article about supported database servers and their specific configuration. Supported are:

  • MySQL, MariaDB (fully)
  • PostgreSQL (fully)
  • SQL Server (fully)


Then, add these lines to the composer.json of the Laravel skeleton application:

    "prefer-stable": true,
    "minimum-stability": "dev",
    "require": {
        "aimeos/aimeos-laravel": "~2020.10",
    "scripts": {
        "post-update-cmd": [
            "@php artisan migrate",
            "@php artisan vendor:publish --tag=public --force",

Afterwards, install the Aimeos shop package using

composer update

In the last step you must now execute these artisan commands to get a working or updated Aimeos installation:

php artisan vendor:publish --all
php artisan migrate
php artisan aimeos:setup --option=setup/default/demo:1

In a production environment or if you don't want that the demo data gets installed, leave out the --option=setup/default/demo:1 option.


To see all components and get everything working, you also need to create your main Blade template in resources/views/app.blade.php. This is a working example using the Twitter bootstrap CSS framework:

<html lang="en" class="no-js">
	<meta charset="utf-8">
	<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge">
	<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
	<title>Aimeos on Laravel</</span>title>
	<link rel="stylesheet" href="">
		/* Theme: Black&White */
		/* body {
			--ai-primary: #000; --ai-primary-light: #000; --ai-primary-alt: #fff;
			--ai-bg: #fff; --ai-bg-light: #fff; --ai-bg-alt: #000;
			--ai-secondary: #555; --ai-light: #D0D0D0;
		} */
		body { color: #000; color: var(--ai-primary, #000); background-color: #fff; background-color: var(--ai-bg, #fff); }
		.navbar, footer { color: #555; color: var(--ai-primary-alt, #555); background-color: #f8f8f8; background-color: var(--ai-bg-alt, #f8f8f8); }
		.navbar a, .navbar a:before, .navbar span, footer a { color: #555 !important; color: var(--ai-primary-alt, #555) !important; }
		.content { margin: 0 5% } .catalog-stage-image { margin: 0 -5.55% }
		.sm { display: block } .sm:before { font: normal normal normal 14px/1 FontAwesome; padding: 0 0.2em; font-size: 225% }
		.facebook:before { content: "\f082" } .twitter:before { content: "\f081" } .instagram:before { content: "\f16d" } .youtube:before { content: "\f167" }
	<nav class="navbar navbar-expand-md navbar-light">
		<a class="navbar-brand" href="/">
			<img src="" height="30" title="Aimeos Logo">
		<button class="navbar-toggler" type="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-target="#navbarNav" aria-controls="navbarNav" aria-expanded="false" aria-label="Toggle navigation">
			<span class="navbar-toggler-icon"></</span>span>
		<div class="collapse navbar-collapse justify-content-end" id="navbarNav">
			<ul class="navbar-nav">
				@if (Auth::guest())
					<li class="nav-item"><a class="nav-link" href="/login">Login</</span>a></</span>li>
					<li class="nav-item"><a class="nav-link" href="/register">Register</</span>a></</span>li>
					<li class="nav-item dropdown">
						<a href="#" class="nav-link dropdown-toggle" data-toggle="dropdown" role="button" aria-expanded="false">{{ Auth::user()->name }} <span class="caret"></</span>span></</span>a>
						<ul class="dropdown-menu" role="menu">
							<li><a class="nav-link" href="{{ route('aimeos_shop_account',['site'=>Route::current()->parameter('site','default'),'locale'=>Route::current()->parameter('locale','en'),'currency'=>Route::current()->parameter('currency','EUR')]) }}" title="Profile">Profile</</span>a></</span>li>
							<li><form id="logout" action="/logout" method="POST">{{csrf_field()}}</</span>form><a class="nav-link" href="javascript: document.getElementById('logout').submit();">Logout</</span>a></</span>li>
	<div class="content">
	<footer class="mt-5 p-5">
		<div class="row">
			<div class="col-md-8">
				<div class="row">
					<div class="col-sm-6 my-4"><h2 class="pb-3">LEGAL</</span>h2><p><a href="#">Terms & Conditions</</span>a></</span>p><p><a href="#">Privacy Notice</</span>a></</span>p><p><a href="#">Imprint</</span>a></</span>p></</span>div>
					<div class="col-sm-6 my-4"><h2 class="pb-3">ABOUT US</</span>h2><p><a href="#">Contact us</</span>a></</span>p><p><a href="#">Company</</span>a></</span>p></</span>div>
			<div class="col-md-4 my-4">
				<a class="px-2 py-4 d-inline-block" href="/"><img src="" style="width: 160px" title="Aimeos Logo"></</span>a>
				<div class="social"><a href="#" class="sm facebook" title="Facebook" rel="noopener">Facebook</</span>a><a href="#" class="sm twitter" title="Twitter" rel="noopener">Twitter</</span>a><a href="#" class="sm instagram" title="Instagram" rel="noopener">Instagram</</span>a><a href="#" class="sm youtube" title="Youtube" rel="noopener">Youtube</</span>a></</span>div>
	<script src=",npm/bootstrap@4"></</span>script>

Afterwards, you should clear the Laravel cache files. Otherwise, you might get an exception due to old cached data.

php artisan cache:clear

To reference images correctly, you have to adapt your .env file and set the APP_URL to your real URL, e.g.


Caution: Make sure, Laravel uses the file session driver in your .env file! Otherwise, the shopping basket content won't get stored correctly!


Then, you should be able to call the catalog list page in your browser. For a quick start, you can use the integrated web server that is available since PHP 5.4. Simply execute this command in the base directory of your application:

php artisan serve

Point your browser to the list page of the shop using:

Note: Integrating the Aimeos package adds some routes like /shop or /admin to your Laravel installation but the home page stays untouched! If you want to add Aimeos to the home page as well, replace the route for "/" in ./routes/web.php by this line:

Route::get('/', '\Aimeos\Shop\Controller\CatalogController@homeAction')->name('aimeos_home');

This will display the Aimeos catalog home component on the home page you you get a nice looking shop home page. The /shop page will look like:

Aimeos frontend


To use the admin interface, you have to set up Laravel authentication first:

Laravel 8

composer require laravel/jetstream
php artisan jetstream:install livewire
npm install && npm run dev

For more information, please follow the Laravel documentation:

Laravel 7

composer require laravel/ui:^2.0
php artisan ui vue --auth
npm install && npm run dev

For more information, please follow the Laravel documentation:

Laravel 6

composer require laravel/ui:^1.0
php artisan ui vue --auth
npm install && npm run dev

For more information, please follow the Laravel documentation:

Laravel 5.x

php artisan make:auth

For more information, please follow the Laravel documentation:

Create account

Test if your authentication setup works before you continue. Create an admin account for your Laravel application so you will be able to log into the Aimeos admin interface:

php artisan aimeos:account --super

The e-mail address is the user name for login and the account will work for the frontend too. To protect the new account, the command will ask you for a password. The same command can create limited accounts by using "--admin", "--editor" or "--api" instead of "--super" (access to everything).

Configure authentication

As a last step, you need to extend the boot() method of your App\Providers\AuthServiceProvider class and add the lines to define how authorization for "admin" is checked in app/Providers/AuthServiceProvider.php:

    public function boot()
        // Keep the lines before

        Gate::define('admin', function($user, $class, $roles) {
            if( isset( $user->superuser ) && $user->superuser ) {
                return true;
            return app( '\Aimeos\Shop\Base\Support' )->checkUserGroup( $user, $roles );


If your ./public directory isn't writable by your web server, you have to create these directories:

mkdir public/files public/preview public/uploads
chmod 777 public/files public/preview public/uploads

In a production environment, you should be more specific about the granted permissions! If you've still started the internal PHP web server (php artisan serve) you should now open this URL in your browser:

Enter the e-mail address and the password of the newly created user and press "Login". If you don't get redirected to the admin interface (that depends on the authentication code you've created according to the Laravel documentation), point your browser to the /admin URL again.

Caution: Make sure that you aren't already logged in as a non-admin user! In this case, login won't work because Laravel requires to log out first.

Aimeos backend


To simplify development, you should configure to use no content cache. You can do this in the config/shop.php file of your Laravel application by adding these lines at the bottom:

    'madmin' => array(
        'cache' => array(
            'manager' => array(
                'name' => 'None',


The Aimeos Laravel package is licensed under the terms of the MIT license and is available for free.


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