Installing Virtuemart Manually

virtuemart-installThis tutorial assumes that you have your Joomla 2.5.x (CMS) installed ready for the Virtuemart component
We will be downloading the latest version of Virtuemart and installing it as a Joomla component which gives you the capacity to turn your website into a shopping cart.

If you haven't installed your Joomla website yet then follow THIS tutorial first



OK let's get started...

We are looking for the latest version of Virtuemart2 for joomla! 2.5 so make sure you choose the right one.
Click This link will take you directly to the download page for the latest stable release of Virtuemart Virtuemart/Download

Save the ZIP package to your computer (Desktop) so it's easily found.
Once downloaded open the ZIP file and you will see two other Zip files inside.
Either use the extract menu or just drag both folders onto your desktop and they will be extracted automatically.

The two packages you have extracted are "" and "". The First package we need to install is the com_virtuemart this is the main component for Virtuemart.

Now we are ready to upload the to your Joomla website. Log into the Administration backend of joomla.


admin login

Once inside your admin panel got to Extension Manager

extension manager

The upload screen will open so just click on the "browse" button and locate the "Com_virtuemart package file" on your desktop.Then just click the "Upload & Install" button.

upload package

It may take a couple of minutes to install the package so be patient.

Once the package has been installed you will see the Virtuemart configuration screen. At this point don't do anything yet.

migration screen

OK that's the main component installed now we need to install the modules.

In the main menu once again go back to the Extensions menu and again click on the "Extension Manager " repeat the proccess as we did for the component but this time install the "Mods_Virtuemart" package that we also put on our desktop.

When the package has installed you will see the  Success screen.

sample data

On this page you will see the  "Install Sample Data" button also.
If this is your first time using Virtuemart i'd advise you to install the sample data, it will give you a good idea how your shop is configured.

Once the sample data has been installed you will then seethe Virtuemart Admin screen

welcome screen

Ad that's it we have installed the Virtuemart shopping cart component for joomla.

Installing the Files

Now we need to do exactly the same upload procedure for the "" file. This file will install the modules required and payment gateways etc.
Once you upload the ""file you will see a confirmation screen such as this.

modules confirmed

Our shopping cart is now fully installed!
In the next tutorial we will start configuring our new shop in the backend. Configuring Virtuemart


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