8 of the Best Free Extensions for Magento

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Magento is an amazing ecommerce software application, perfect for creating an online store.  Plus, there are loads of great extensions for Magento to help take your internet store to the next level.  We found 8 of the best FREE extensions for Magento, designed to help you manage shipping, email templates, newsletter subscriptions, your site’s menu, product images, and more!

Exploded Menu

Does your Magento site have a ton of categories and sub-categories?  Then check out Exploded Menu, a free extension for Magento!  Exploded Menu lets you to replace your website’s single column dropdown menu with a multi-column dropdown (including 2nd and 3rd level menu items).  A multi-column dropdown menu is a great way to organize an ecommerce site with a lot of categories and sub-categories!

Fooman Invoice=Order Number

Love using Magento for your online store but hate how it creates separate invoice, shipment, and creditmemo numbers for one order?  Then start using Fooman Invoice=Order Number, a free extension for Magento.  Instead of keeping separate counts for invoice, shipment, and creditmemo numbers, this extension uses the related order number, making it easier for you to track of all of the numbers related to an order.


A blog can be a great way for an online store to connect with customers, and this Magento extension makes it easy for you to incorporate a blog into your internet shop.  Are you already using the Monk_Blog extension for your store’s blog?  Well, Blog is compatible with Monk_Blog, so this Magento extension can integrate all of the information from your old blog into your new one (make sure you follow the directions closely).

Magento EasyLightbox

Want a free and easy way to improve the appearance and functionality of your Magento site?  Then try Magento EasyLightbox, an extension that displays an image (i.e., your store’s products) as a lightbox.  Magento EasyLightbox takes about 5 minutes to install and configure, and you don’t need any coding experience! This is a great extension for just about type of online shop.

Post Affiliate Pro Connector

An affiliate scheme can be a great way to increase your ecommerce site’s sales, and the Post Affiliate Pro Connector extension instantly integrates Post Affiliate Pro (PAP) into Magento.  This extension for Magento automatically handles click and sale affiliate tracking, tracks affiliate sales using Javascript or PHP API, accepts referrals to any page of your online store, and much more!

Checkout Newsletter

A regular newsletter is a great way of telling your customers about your latest sales, newest products, and special offers.  Checkout Newsletter is a super simple extension for Magento which allows you to add a ‘Sign Up for Newsletter’ checkbox onto your Onepage Checkout Page.  With Checkout Newsletter, your customers can sign up for your company’s newsletter with just a click of there mouse!

IW PayPal Standard Currencies

This Magento extension lets you choose any PayPal supported currency for your online store’s transaction currency and add new PayPal supported currencies to the PayPal Website Payments Standard payment method in your shop’s admin panel.  With the IW PayPal Standard Currencies extension, you can use any base currency for your online shop, allowing your store to have customers almost anywhere in the world.

Royal Mail Domestic and International Shipping

Is your online store based in the UK?  If you sell tangible items to customers in the UK and beyond, then check out the Royal Mail Domestic and International Shipping extension for Magento.  This extension calculates the cost of sending items to a variety of different destinations using a range of various shipping methods.

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  1. On December 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Yunus said:

    I stumbled upon here and will now use “Fooman Invoice=Order Number” on our site

  2. On November 16, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    aman said:

    another most useful extension for magento is

    it is a web based app to create shipping labels out of csv file.

  3. On August 27, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Magento Developer said:

    really nice collection. we must offer this collection to our magento client

    gr8 work

  4. On July 13, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Bala said:

    Is there any free extension for one step checkout, only thing I found for lesser price is http://www.apptha.com/category/extension/Magento/OneStepCheckout

    I would appreciate if anyone can refer free one step checkout..

  5. On March 4, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Jenny G said:

    I’m in the process of switching from Zen to Magento as i realised a lot of the add on functionality and hashed code i had done was standard functionality in Magento! THanks for the list of usfull extras!

  6. On July 4, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Game t-shirts said:

    Nice post, i’m using Magento and its fantastic.
    Best regards
    The gamer

  7. On May 25, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Magento Developers said:

    Very cool post! We love developing Magento sites and it’s great to have a set of recommended extensions! The best part is, they’re free. good work!

  8. On February 25, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Paul said:

    Not free, but definitely great extension M2E Pro – http://m2epro.ess-ua.com

    It allows selling magento products on eBay, synchronize stock level, import eBay orders and customers, etc

  9. On January 6, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Ashish said:

    Thank you for showcasing our free themes in your list. We are in the process of building few more FREE Magento themes to help the community so please stay tuned. In the meantime you can check our blog post for FREE Magento Extensions.

  10. On November 27, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Daniel Nordstrom said:

    Hi Cat,

    Great list—I develop on Magento for my ecommerce clients and it’s always nice to get recommendations of good extensions.

    However, last time I tries the Checkout Newsletter, the checkbox could not be unchecked. Perhaps it has been fixed, perhaps not. Worth mentioning since it can be quite the annoyance.

    Kind regards,
    Daniel Nordstrom
    Nordstrom Interactive

  11. On August 19, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Mage@Immersiveworks said:

    Cat. M,

    Thank you very much for listing IW PayPal Standard Currencies extension as one of the Top 10 of the best free extensions for Magento.


  12. On August 4, 2009 at 8:15 am

    music videos said:

    Thanks for the info- it turns out Microsoft’s bing really is making an impact, it seems to me your blog is getting a lot of search engine traffic from bing- have you found this to be the case?

    • On August 4, 2009 at 10:38 am

      Cat M. said:

      You’re welcome! We are seeing more visitors coming to us via Bing searches, but I think majority of traffic is still coming from Google searches. I’m definitely interested to see if the number of people using Bing grows–thanks for your comment!

  13. On July 24, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Bug Slayer said:

    Wow, I developed the Post Affiliate Pro Connector so I’m thrilled to see it included in your top ten list. The image and URL are wrong though. URL should be http://www.magentocommerce.com/extension/930.

    • On July 24, 2009 at 10:13 pm

      Cat M. said:

      It’s a great extension, so we had to include it on the list. My apologies for the error with the URL and image–I just fixed it. Thanks for letting me know–I really appreciate it!

  14. On July 24, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Ross said:

    Great post, i’m using Magento and these are fantastic add-ons!!

    Most posts like this please.


    • On July 24, 2009 at 6:26 pm

      Cat M. said:

      Glad you liked the post! I’m planning on doing some more posts on Magento, osCommerce, and CubeCart for our ecommerce customers.

      Thanks for your comment!