Last updated on 2 November 2022
Adding digital products to Shopify is much easier than you think. It can be quite overwhelming if You haven’t done this before, so I’m going to make it as easy as possible!
Shopify’s system doesn’t have an in-built method for selling digital products. You need to install a free app from their app store. There are a few options but most of them are not easy to use and have many limitations, but we have a solution that works for everyone.
Go to Shopify’s app store and install Downloadable Digital Assets for free and begin uploading your digital products. Simply attach those digital products to your relevant Shopify products, and now you’re done and ready to start selling.
Adding digital products to Shopify
It’s super simple to add digital products. If you want to watch a video tutorial, scroll to the bottom and take a look.
We’re going to talk about a specific app that’s staff picked by Shopify. It gives you up to 2GB on the free plan and opens up many opportunities for you to grow when your store grows.
Step 1 – Go to the Shopify dashboard
Once you have logged into Shopify, you can follow the next steps below.
2. Go to ‘Apps and sales channels’
3. Click on ‘Customize your store’
Step 2 – Search for ‘Digital Assets’ & click ‘Add app’
Or you can click this link – Downloadable Digital Assets and install it. This will install the free plan which has more features and upgrade options than Shopify’s version.
Step 3 – Upload your digital files
- Go to the “Assets” page
- Click the “Upload new assets” button
- Upload your digital files
Step 4 – Attach your digital files to your products
- Click on your uploaded asset
- Go to the search box and find products to attach them to
- Repeat the process for all assets
Another method to attach assets to products
You can also attach files to your products from the “Product” page.
- Go to “Products”
- Then click on a product
- Use the search box to attach assets to this product
Step 5 – Customize your settings to suit your brand
There are so many options to customize your store. Take a look through the settings and make sure it is all set up as you want. Here are a few you can take a look at:
- Using your own email for digital product delivery using SendGrid or SMTP
- PDF Stamping
- Display download links in the customers’ accounts and checkout summary page
- Set release dates on digital products
- Sell personalised digital products
- Connect an S3-compatible server
- API Access
- Updating files & notifying customers
- Customise email templates to improve branding
- Add & sell external URLs as assets such as Dropbox links etc.
- Expire orders at a specific time or instantly
- Stats page
- Fraud protection – halt downloads if they’re high-risk fraudulent
- Restrict customers’ downloads to a number of IP addresses
- More storage & bandwidth allowance
It’s truly as simple as that to add digital products to Shopify. Once your digital files are attached to the relevant products, the app will automatically send download emails to your customers once they purchase.
The app will also automatically fulfil all digital products in an order, leaving all physical products unfulfilled.
This means it completely automates your digital products, while you can still control and manually fulfil your physical products (if you are selling both physical and digital).
Selling large digital files? Go check our guide on the best route to sell large digital files on Shopify.
Assuming you have already got products in your Shopify store, you can follow this tutorial to find out exactly how to set up your digital products on Shopify.
Are digital products compatible with Shopify?
Yes, digital products are sellable on Shopify. It’s really easy to set up. All you need to do is sign up to Shopify, create your product, install the “Downloadable Digital Assets” app from the Shopify app store, and then upload your assets and attach them to your Shopify product.
Can selling digital products be profitable?
Yes, digital products are immensely profitable, especially when selling on Shopify. Shopify does not take large commissions, and you keep most of the profit. Digital products have high profit margins due to no shipping or physical labour required.
Do I need a license to sell digital products on Shopify?
No, you do not need a license to sell digital products as long as you are the product owner or have been approved to sell them. Digital products are widely compatible and sellable by anyone. Of course, this depends on the type of digital product you are selling. If you are selling dangerous digital goods or illegal digital goods, you will have problems with legal matters.