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Oscar

Domain-driven e-commerce for Django

Oscar is an e-commerce framework for building domain-driven applications. It has flexibility baked into its core so that complicated requirements can be elegantly captured. You can tame a spaghetti domain without writing spaghetti code.

Oscar is maintained by Tangent Snowball, who are experts in building complex transactional sites for both B2C and B2B markets. Years of e-commerce hard-earned experience informs Oscar’s design.

Oscar is “domain-driven” in the sense that the core business objects can be customised to suit the domain at hand. In this way, your application can accurately capture the subtleties of its domain, making feature development and maintenance much easier.

Features:

  • Any product type can be handled including downloadable products, subscriptions, child products (e.g., a T-shirt in different sizes and colours).
  • Customisable products, such as T-shirts with personalised messages.
  • Large catalogue support - Oscar is used in production by sites with more than 20 million products.
  • Multiple fulfillment partners for the same product.
  • A range of merchandising blocks for promoting products throughout your site.
  • Sophisticated offers that support virtually any kind of offer you can think of - multi-buys, bundles, buy X get 50% off Y etc
  • Vouchers (built on top of the offers framework)
  • Comprehensive dashboard that replaces the Django admin completely
  • Support for complex order processing such split payment orders, multi-batch shipping, order status pipelines.
  • Extension libraries available for many payment gateways, including PayPal, GoCardless, DataCash and more.

Oscar is a good choice if your domain has non-trivial business logic. Oscar’s flexibility means it’s straightforward to implement business rules that would be difficult to apply in other frameworks.

Example requirements that Oscar projects already handle:

  • Paying for an order with multiple payment sources (e.g., using a bankcard, voucher, gift card and points account).
  • Complex access control rules governing who can view and order what.
  • Supporting a hierarchy of customers, sales reps and sales directors - each being able to “masquerade” as their subordinates.
  • Multi-lingual products and categories.
  • Digital products.
  • Dynamically priced products (eg where the price is provided by an external service).

Oscar is used in production in several applications to sell everything from beer mats to iPads. The source is on GitHub - contributions are always welcome.

The Oscar open-source project

Learn about the ideas behind Oscar and how you can contribute.