Author - Ashley Schroder

Hi! I'm Ashley Schroder, the head software engineer at World Wide Access, a company that exports New Zealand products to the world.

I'm an active member of the Magento community, contributing open source extensions to Magento Connect and sharing my Magento experiences through my blog, You can find helpful tips and advice there on a wide range of Magento development issues.

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  1. Latest Magento Development projects, and Magento spotting |

    […] wrote up a little article over at to help you spot Magento stores in the wild. I thought it’d be a good opportunity to promote MageBase – it’s a growing […]

  2. Toni Anicic
    June 7, 2010 at 6:53 pm /

    If the store takes longer than 5 seconds to respond to a request, then it’s probably running Mageno – just kidding we love you Magento!

    Awesome πŸ˜€

    The first sign of Magento I recognize is usually the product page and Magento’s default image slider. Other than that, there are some awesome ideas in this article!

  3. calista web:solutions
    June 8, 2010 at 8:58 pm /

    Interesting article.

    I have two more clues:
    The /admin URL can be changed by setup. So many people try to obscure the admin-path. But if you look at you will mostly see the page for the Magento Connect-Manager and then you will see the correct link back to admin.

    There is also an add-on for firefox called Wappalyzer, which tries to detect a magento-store. It also detects wordpress, drupal, jquery and so on.

  4. Richard
    June 8, 2010 at 9:59 pm /

    I think the biggest sign that it is magento is the use of prototype (most time + jquery). That long js is a big fat sign.

  5. Mukesh
    June 21, 2010 at 11:31 pm /

    The best one I feel is .. getting the image source.. in magento, images are under media folder. πŸ™‚

  6. Nikul
    September 13, 2010 at 6:41 pm /


    One more clue:
    You will find below code in view source for magento store…



  7. Nikul
    September 13, 2010 at 6:42 pm /

    continue in above post…

    var BLANK_URL = ‘’;
    var BLANK_IMG = ‘’;

  8. Andrew Horton
    October 3, 2010 at 6:58 pm /

    Hi MageBase guy,
    Please remove my last comment due to code formatting issues.

    I just wrote a Magento plugin for WhatWeb which is the best software to identify web technologies.

    You can see the rules I used to identify Magneto here:

  9. Kristof
    October 4, 2010 at 10:17 am /

    Hi Andrew,
    thanks for posting a link to your plugin. I had a quick glance at the rules you have included. I would be very surprised if rules 1,2 and 4 were triggered – meaning that someone is running with the default settings and theme. Boxes.css has been renamed to styles.css on newer versions. And one more general problem with checking for text is that Magento has been translated into lots of different languages so your rule set matches mostly on stores in English.

    Great work on the tool – very handy.

  10. nathan
    December 5, 2010 at 2:34 pm /

    Hi what platform are they using?

    The CMS platform they are using is very good.

  11. Andrew Horton
    December 5, 2010 at 6:01 pm /

    Hi Nathan,

    The website, is using the Plone platform. Plone is written in Python and is popular with governments partly because of it’s excellent reputation for security.

    I know it’s running Plone because I viewed the source code of the website and the HTML meta tag specified the page generator as Plone. WhatWeb also reports the website as using Plone.

  12. nathan
    December 5, 2010 at 11:22 pm /

    HI andrew:

    Awesome this is very useful info.. I’m planning to use it instead of joomla.. it’s really really good & fast, speed is the key..

    many thanks

  13. mike
    July 15, 2011 at 5:01 pm /

    I have built and am currently running ~13 magento stores. its pretty easy to tell.. I just show source and look for the theme url, and look where the image urls are pointing. similar to wordpress where everything is /WP-********..

  14. Nick
    August 4, 2011 at 4:40 pm /

    I use a nice little plugin for firefox called wappallizer and it shows all the technology that is used in a website unobtrusively in the address bar eg: apache analytics jquery and wordpress pretty handy some times

  15. Preston
    October 14, 2011 at 8:55 am /

    You can also navigate to and see the message:

    FAILED ERROR: Magento is already installed.

    Of course not true on all sites, but it works sometimes.

  16. Maryana
    August 3, 2012 at 12:54 am /

    If you care about your Magento store this service is for you! Check your Magento store for errors free! More info here:

  17. Roland
    November 1, 2012 at 10:46 am /

    This article was very informative. I took all these clues and created a little application that checks them all automatically: I put it on

    Please let me know what you think.


    1. Dan
      January 18, 2013 at 12:40 pm /

      Hello Roland,

      I am starting a business for which I really need a tool like your Magento detector. Can we chat about how you may be willing to expnd on what you have developed or let another dev do it?
      Please contact me here:


    2. Roland
      January 28, 2014 at 7:48 am /

      Hi All,

      eBay Inc., the parent company of Magento, asked me not to use the domain name anymore since it infringes and/or dilutes the Magento trademark. Therefore I am now hosting the tool here The domain name will expire on 10/29/2014.

      If you would like to continue using the tool after that date please bookmark the new URL.


  18. srinivas vasu
    November 15, 2012 at 6:46 am /

    Every Magento site has a link to Magento Connect from it’s root and the address is simply /downloader/. The
    resulting page is as conclusive as it gets.

    ex: http://your domain/downloader/

    you get login form

    1. madhavi
      May 15, 2014 at 1:33 am /

      its really works.

  19. elfling
    November 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm /

    I’m not sure I can honestly say that there are any benefits to finding if a store is Magento driven.

    All it does is open up a market for people to pester you about your Magento store with modules, training and make it nice and easy to test sites for security vulnerabilities if running an out of date version etc.

    Time to start changing js, urls and other wonderful things to avoid all this.

  20. Harry
    August 7, 2013 at 12:36 am /

    How about the 404 page?

    “Have no fear, help is near! There are many ways you can get back on track with Magento Demo Store.”

    Most people never change that!

  21. nocturn
    August 28, 2014 at 8:05 am /

    may I know what platform use

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  23. u77
    April 12, 2015 at 1:35 pm /

    Can someone have any idea which platform is using? or ? thanks

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    April 14, 2015 at 9:25 pm /

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  25. Andy
    May 5, 2015 at 12:16 am /

    Hi – I have recently had some work done on my website and the web guy says he has upgraded my website from 1.3 to 1.9 version but I need to check this has been completed – how can you tell what version of Magento is running.A basic check of the back end admin just tells me that it is running on 1.3 but not sure this will change when the site is upgraded to 1.9 anyway.
    P.S Im not a web developer and have only basic knowledge of such matters.



  26. Roland Oberdorfer
    May 5, 2015 at 1:21 am /

    Hi Andy,

    Simply log into the admin screen and scroll down. You should see the Magento version in the footer of the admin screen.


  27. Pratik Shah
    October 4, 2016 at 10:58 pm /

    HI !

    This is one of nice tutorial which have a pertinent code work flow you have mentioned here every line in more logical way, which are really understandable .
    I like it very much.



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