12/02/2016 07:41 AM Source Code Getting Started - Virto Commerce 2 Developer Guide
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Source Code Getting Started - Virto Commerce 2 Developer Guide



Use this guide to deploy and configure precompiled Virto Commerce platform or obtain source code and setup development environment.


  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.1
  • Internet Information Services 7 or later
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 or later (Express or Full)
  • Visual Studio 2013 or later (optional)

Downloading the precomplied version .zip File:

Navigate to the Releases Section of Virto Commerce in GitHub.

You will find VirtoCommerce.Platform.2.x.x.zip file. In this file the site has already been built and can be run without additional compilation. It does not includes all the source code.

Unpack follow zip to local disk to path 'c:\vc-platform-master'. In result you should get 'c:\vc-platform-master\VirtoCommerce.Platform.Web' folder which contains platform precompiled code.

Configure SQL Server

SQL Server Authentication mode must be enabled.
Configure SQL Server 

Create the new login named virto with password virto. The password policy enforcement should be switched off for a simple password like this.


Give the CREATE ANY DATABASE permission to user virto. This will allow you to create a database automatically when Commerce Manager starts. For new databases created with this permission the user will have the db_owner role while access will be denied for any other database.


Open the C:\vc-platform-master\VirtoCommerce.Platform.Web\web.config file and make sure the VirtoCommerce connection string has correct parameters for your configuration, particularly Data Source (SQL Server address), Initial Catalog (database name), User ID (user name) and Password.

Configure IIS

Open IIS Manager and add new application to Default Web Site with alias admin and physical path to C:\vc-platform-master\VirtoCommerce.Platform.Web. Select application pool which uses .NET CLR Version 4.0 and Integrated pipeline mode. Create new web application for Virto Commerce 2 Manager

Inside the admin application add a new virtual directory with alias Assets and physical path to VirtoCommerce.Platform.Web\App_Data\Assets. If there is no Assets directory inside App_Data, create it. Create a virtual directory for Virto Commerce 2 assets

Your web site structure should be similar to the one shown below: Virto Commerce 2 Manager website structure

Configure file system

Open properties for the folder where you have extracted precompiled version or source code (vc-platform-master by default) and give permission Read & execute to Users group if this permission is not inherited from the parent folder.
Set permissions for Virto Commerce 2 Manager application folder

Open properties for C:\vc-platform-master\VirtoCommerce.Platform.Web\App_Data folder and give permission Modify to IIS_IUSRS user group. Set permissions for Virto Commerce 2 Manager App_Data folder

Open properties for C:\vc-platform-master\VirtoCommerce.Platform.Web\Modules (create this folder if not exsist) folder and give permission Modify to IIS_IUSRS user group as shown above.

Start Commerce Manager

Open the **http://localhost/admin** URL in browser. A sign in page should open: Virto Commerce 2 Manager login screen

The default administrator account login is admin and the password is store.

Next steps (optional)

The VC platform is up and running. What's next? Here are some ideas to try.

Install modules in VC Manager app

Install some modules as described in Modules management tutorial.

Manual module installation from source code

Do you prefer the installation in developer way? Great, follow these steps for each module:

  • Download the latest module source code from GitHub repository **https://github.com/VirtoCommerce/vc-module-module_name** by clicking the Download ZIP button.
  • Extract it to platform's Modules directory. You also can extract it to any directory and link it to the Modules directory using mklink /d command.
  • Open and compile module solution.
  • Restart IIS.
  • Open Manager app.
  • The new module will be installed automatically.
  • Check its status in Configuration > Modules > Installed.

Create your own module

Why not to create your own module? Follow the steps described in Developing a custom solution tutorial.

How platform loads modules

Virto Commerce 2 loading modules scheme

Download and build platfrom from source code

Download the latest source code from GitHub repository https://github.com/VirtoCommerce/vc-platform by clicking the Download ZIP button.Extract all files.

Open VirtoCommerce.Platform.sln solution.In Solution Explorer window right-click on solution and select Manage NuGet Packages for Solution. In the opened window click the Restore button. Restore NuGet packages for solutionBuild the solution.

After that you can proceed a platform configuration from step Configure SQL Server if necessary.