Loading a Cart

There are two methods available for loading a cart—active or inactive—into the current customer’s session: using a form or via a URL.

In both methods, any errors that may occur will be returned in the session error flash data.


If the cart being loaded belongs to a user, the user must be logged in to load it into their session.

# Using a form to load a cart

Loading a cart using a form requires passing a cart number to the commerce/cart/load-cart action.

A working example can be seen in the example templates. Below is a simplified version of that form.

<form method="post">
    <input type="hidden" name="action" value="commerce/cart/load-cart" />
    {{ redirectInput('/shop/cart') }}

    <input type="text" name="number" value="">
    <input type="submit" value="Submit">

# Using a URL to load a cart

This method uses the Commerce load cart action endpoint. There are a couple of way this URL can be retrieved. Commerce provides a setting (Commerce::$loadCartRedirectUrl) that allows you to specify the URL a customer will be redirected to after the cart has been loaded.

# Using Twig

{% set loadCartUrl = actionUrl('commerce/cart/load-cart', { number: cart.number }) %}

# Using PHP

use craft\helpers\UrlHelper;
// ...
$loadCartUrl = UrlHelper('commerce/cart/load-cart', ['number' => $cart->number]);


This method can be useful in an email, allowing customers to retrieve an abandoned cart.