21st May 2021

SALEOR – Overview of leading open source e-commerce platform


Written By, Sanket Jethava

Introduction to PWA e-commerce platform

PWA Introduction

Saleor is one of the leading Open-source PWA storefronts.
Progressive Web Apps are in the list of trending web applications.

PWA are the advanced level of web applications as they work regardless of the network connection as they get launched in their own standalone experience.

Platform-specific applications are known for being incredibly rich and reliable. They’re ever-present, on home screens, docks, and taskbars.

Why is Saleor one of the leading Open-source e-commerce platforms?

Saleor is a headless GraphQL e-commerce platform which helps business owners and development teams to put together products faster in a shorter period of time.

It provides us with all the modules we need to run an e-commerce store in a faster way.

And saleor is faster than any other e-commerce platform as it uses GraphQL for database interaction to fetch the data and post the data on the database server.

So, it’s become faster than REST Framework to get and post the data on the server.

Features of Saleor e-commerce platform

PWA: End users can shop offline for shopping experiences, it could improve sales.

GraphQL API: Fetching the data from any web or mobile client using the latest technology.

Headless commerce: Build mobile apps, customize storefronts and externalize tasks.

UX and UI: Designed for a user experience that rivals even the most popular commercial platforms.

Dashboard: Administrators have total control of users, processes, products and also staff members.

Orders: A complete system for orders, dispatch and refunds.

Cart: Advanced payment and tax options, with full control over discounts and promotions and sales.

Payments: Flexible API architecture allows integration of any payment method. Comes with Braintree support.

Geo-adaptive: Automatic localized pricing. Over 20 local languages. Localized checkout experience by country.

SEO: Packed with features that get stores to a wider audience.

Cloud: Optimized for deployments using Docker.

Analytics: Server-side Google Analytics to report e-commerce metrics without affecting privacy.

Structure of Saleor

Saleor is a rapidly-increasing open source e-commerce medium that has served high-volume companies from brushwood like publishing and garb since 2012.

Based on Python and Django, the latest major update introduces a modular front end powered by a GraphQL API and written with React and TypeScript.
Checkout saleor’s open-source repository on Git link of Saleor.


Saleor is basically divided in three main parts:

  1. Saleor Core
  2. Saleor Admin Dashboard
  3. Saleor Storefront

Let’s have a quick overview of the above three parts.

storefront image

1. Saleor Core:

Saleor core is built on Django with GraphQL as the backend of the whole e-commerce platform.

In the initial stage if you are new with GraphQL then please refer first to GraphQL. Quick reference to the graphql detailed blog – Explore GraphQL

Saleor core does the database interaction with PostgresQL through the GraphQL query.
As using GraphQL is quite easy to do the connectivity and fire the query to get and post the data in the database.

2. Saleor Admin Dashboard:

Admin can add products, edit product information and add/remove products. Admin can add users, edit user information, and can remove users.

Admin can ship orders to users based on orders placed by sending confirmation mail. Along with that also able to view all category information, create new categories, add new collections, and view existing collection details.

In addition to functionality, the admin is able to add vouchers and view voucher details, add product types and view already created product types, and much more.

For more details you can refer to the official document of Saleor Admin Dashboard.

3. Saleor Storefront:

Saleor storefront is built on react. It gives a good and attractive design of e-commerce platforms for users and visitors.

In this storefront users and visitors are able to interact with UI and purchase the product, add to cart the products, and have the full functionality which is needed to have it in e-commerce sites.

Saleor storefront gives us a completely open-source platform for e-commerce web applications with PWA. As well there are much more functionalities that are offered by the saleor storefront, you can also refer to the official document of Saleor for more details.


Saleor might be a little bit complex at the very first time.

But if you’ll do the practice and go with deep research on it at that time you’ll find that it is the best open source and powerful platform with great addons to build a user friendly environment.

For more details you can review the github and documentation of saleor. We hope you have found this blog fruitful.

Written By,

Python Developer at Yudiz Solutions Pvt. Ltd