Magento is a leading platform for e-commerce. Even though it is full of great features out of the box, you can extend its functionality even more. This tutorial shows you how to install an extension on Magento platform.
This tutorial assumes you are using Magento 1.9 Community version. The flow for later versions may be a little different.
What you’ll need
Before you begin this guide you’ll need the following:
- Access to your Magento Admin area
- Magento Connect Account
Step 1 — Finding the Extension you want to Install
Magento Connect is a great place to look for an extension or a theme. You will need to create an account on Magento Connect
before installing any extensions.
You can use the search field to look for an extension. In this example, we will be installing the Lightbox extension. Once you found a plugin, simply click on its name:
Step 2 — Getting the Extension Key
In the extension’s page, click Install Now:
A message requiring you to log in or register may appear:
After you have logged in, you will see the following screen:
- For Megento versions 1.5 and up, select Magento Connect 2.0 (step 1)
- Agree with the extension license agreement (step 2)
Click on Get Extension Key to get the key and copy it:
Step 3 — Installing the Extension in Magento Admin Area
In your Magento Admin Area navigate to System –> Magento Connect –> Magento Connect Manager:
In the Install New Extension section, paste the key you have copied earlier and click Install. Proceed with the installation when another tab pops up:
You will see that installation was successful:
The installed extension appeared in System –> Configuration:
You have learned how to install an extension in Magento. The same installation principle applies to Magento themes and other add-ons.