Last updated on 31 January 2023
If you have a Shopify store, then you’re on the right track. Or even if you are looking to set one up and are just investigating if you can sell PDFs using Shopify. The good news is that you can sell pretty much anything on Shopify, from digital to physical products.
Shopify’s app store is vast, with over 8000 apps on there. That means you have an endless amount of integrations and support for many types of stores.
This method I am showing you today is if you want to sell upload and sell PDF files on your Shopify store.
Is it possible to sell PDFs on Shopify?
The short answer is yes, you can sell PDFs on Shopify. You will need to install a Shopify-approved app called Downloadable Digital Assets from the app store.
Shopify does have its own version, but it’s super buggy, got many limitations, and has no upgrade options for when you scale your store.
Can I upload a PDF to Shopify?
Yes, you can also upload a PDF to Shopify.
For hosting on web pages only
You can directly upload to your Shopify account by going to your Shopify dashboard > “Settings” > “Files” > and clicking the “Upload file” button. Using this method, you cannot deliver the PDF to a customer after they have ordered. It’s strictly just for hosting the PDF on web pages this way. You are also limited to 20MB maximum upload.
To sell to your customers
If you want to upload a PDF to Shopify with the goal of selling it and no size limits, you will need to install the Downloadable Digital Assets Shopify app and upload your PDF. Then attach it to your Shopify products, and this will allow your PDF to be sent directly to your customer after they have purchased.
What makes the PDF Shopify app great for uploading & selling PDFs?
This is crucial. This could make or break a business. How painful is it when you just can’t get an answer from the company? Especially when you are running a 24/7 business selling goods on Shopify.
It’s crucial to have quick support with Shopify apps because stores never sleep.
Plenty of guides will help a lot. People can easily get confused or stuck, so an app with plenty of help and tutorials will be perfect, so you never get stuck.
Fast download speeds
Download speeds are important. The sole purpose of your digital product app is to deliver digital downloads. If your customer struggles to get the downloads, then you need to upgrade to a better app.
Fortunately, Downloadable Digital Assets uses top-grade servers to deliver the fastest possible speeds.
If the Shopify app you are using is constantly down, then it’s time to move on. You can’t risk your store being down at any point if you sell all day, every day.
Of course, most tech will have the odd bit of downtime; even Shopify has downtime. But minimizing this as much as possible will be a dream.
This is one of the most important steps when selling PDFs. You need your customers to understand that you are running a business, and they are not allowed to share digital products with others for free.
The Downloadable Digital Assets app has methods in place to prevent and make it difficult for customers to share digital products.
Read our digital download protection guide for more tips and tricks.
How to upload a PDF to Shopify & deliver it to customers
I am assuming that you already have got a Shopify store and have products set up on your Shopify “Products” page. If you haven’t, then you will need to do this first. You can sign up for a free trial of Shopify here.
This is because the Shopify products need to be imported into the digital assets app. The app works alongside your Shopify store as an add-on.
Step 1 – Install Downloadable Digital Assets from the app store
If you currently use a different Shopify app, then you can easily migrate over by checking our migration guide. If you’re new, continue below.
- Click the “Get app” button
- Follow Shopify’s steps to install and approve the app
- Choose the free version or get a trial of a paid plan
Step 2 – Upload your PDFs to the Shopify app
- Go to the Downloadable Digital Assets app from your Shopify dashboard by clicking “Apps” > and then click the app
- Go to the “Assets” page
- Click the “Upload new assets” button
- Upload your PDF files
Step 3 – Attach the PDFs to your Shopify products
Assuming you already have products set up in your Shopify store, all we need to do is attach the uploaded PDFs to your Shopify products.
We don’t need to go creating products again. All of your Shopify products are automatically imported from your Shopify product list directly into the Downloadable Digital Assets app.
Once a file is uploaded, simply click on the blue link for the PDF, then search for the product that you want to attach to the PDF to. See the video below:
Step 4 – Customise your settings
Now you are set and ready to sell! This means that your digital products will be sent to your customers if they purchase any of the products with digital files attached to them.
Now, all you need to do is customise your settings and add protection features.
You can do a wide range of things, from customising email templates, setting IP address limitations, using your own email address to send the downloads, customer account downloads and much more.
Now you understand how easy it is to upload PDFs to Shopify and sell them to your customers. This is the easiest solution in the Shopify ecosystem.
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