Add links to your app throughout the Shopify admin

You can make your apps accessible to merchants throughout their Shopify admin by adding links to the ... menu using Application links in your Partners Dashboard. For example:

App admin access

To add Application links into the merchant's Shopify admin:

  1. Log in to your Partners Dashboard.

  2. Click Apps.

  3. Click the name of the app you want to create links for.

  4. Click Edit app settings:

    Edit app settings

  5. Find the Shop admin links section and fill out the form:

    • Link text – the text that will appear to the merchant in ... menu. It should be task-oriented, and not just the name of your app.
    • Link URL – enter the URL where your app is hosted, or a specific URL for this task.
    • Page – select the page where this link should appear to the merchant. Try to place it only where it makes logical sense for the user. That is, we don't recommend adding app links to every page of the Shopify admin.
      Shop admin links
  6. Click Save changes.

To continue adding more Application links, click Add application link and repeat steps 5 and 6.

How it works

Shopify automatically adds a URL parameter to the app link that contains the store URL so your app knows which store or resource that the merchant came from. For example: https://johns-apparel.myshopify.com/admin/orders/?shop=johns-apparel.myshopify.com.

Also, when your app link is on a detail page (like the order detail page) Shopify also adds a URL parameter containing the resource ID. For example: ?id=3295398979&shop=johns-apparel.myshopify.com.

If we did not add these parameters your app wouldn't know which store or resource that the merchant came from.