Downloading themes

You might want to download a theme to your computer for the following reasons:

  • Using an editor on your computer to make changes to the theme.
  • Creating a backup of your theme.
  • Saving the theme for later use if you've reached the limit of 20 themes.

Theme downloads don't include your store's products, collections, navigation menus, pages, blog posts, images, or other files in Content > Files. If you want upload the theme to another store with any of those resources, then you need to export or duplicate the content in the other store. Learn more about duplicating a store.


  1. From your Shopify admin, go to Online Store > Themes.
  2. For the theme that you want to download, click the ... button to open the actions menu, and then click Download theme file.

The theme is sent in a .zip file to the email that's associated with your staff login.

After you download a theme, it's safe to delete it from your Shopify admin. If you want to add the same theme again in the future, then you can upload it.

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