Installing and previewing themes

There are two ways to get themes for your Shopify store - you can download a theme from the Shopify Theme Store, or you can upload a theme from your computer. You must install a theme before you can publish it on your Shopify store.

For paid themes in the Shopify Theme Store, you can preview the theme in your store before buying it. Previewing a theme lets you see how the theme looks before paying for it. You can preview one paid theme at a time. When you preview a paid theme, it replaces any existing previewed theme in your store.

Download a theme from the Shopify Theme Store

To download a theme from the Shopify Theme Store:

  1. Visit the Shopify Theme Store and choose a theme.

    Note

    If you're still in your free trial period, choose a free theme to avoid paying any charges.

  2. If you've chosen a free theme, click Install theme.

  3. If you've chosen a paid theme, click Approve charge to buy the theme.

    Note

    Paid themes are non-refundable. You can preview the theme before buying it.

  4. When you've approved the payment, you need to confirm what you want to do with your new theme:

    About to install theme notice
    • To publish the theme on your online store, click Publish as my shop's theme. Your current published theme will become unpublished.
    • To install the theme in your store without publishing it, click install as an unpublished theme. You can install a maximum of 20 themes in your store.

Upload a theme from your computer

If you have a theme on your computer that you want to install, you can upload it to your Themes page:

  1. Make sure your theme files are compressed into a single .zip file.

  1. Click Upload theme in the top right corner.

    Note

    If the message You can't have more than 20 themes on your store appears, you must export or delete one of your installed themes before you can install another one.

  2. From the Upload theme dialog, click Choose File to select the .zip file that you want to upload.

  3. Click Upload.

    The uploaded theme appears in the Unpublished themes section of your Themes page. You can install a maximum of 20 themes in your store. To publish the theme on your online store, click Publish theme. Your current published theme will become unpublished.

Preview a paid theme in your store

When you preview a theme, you can customize it to see if it works for your store and save your changes. The changes will be saved when you purchase the theme.

  1. Visit the Shopify Theme Store and choose a paid theme.

  2. Click Preview in your store. Your Themes page opens and the theme begins loading.

  3. After the theme has finished loading, click the Preview in your store button.

  4. Do any of the following:

  • Click Customize theme to customize the theme in preview mode.

  • Click Purchase this theme to buy the theme.

  • Click Cancel theme preview to remove the theme from your store.

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