Product variants

This article explains what a product variant is and how to create a product with multiple variants.

Does your product come in different sizes, colors or materials? Instead of creating a new product for each, create product variants.

What is a product variant?

Lets say you have a store that sells t-shirts. You create your original product called "t-shirt" and now you want to advertise the different colors and sizes that your t-shirt comes in.

First, create your product options. A product option describes WHAT the difference is between each variation. You can have a maximum of 3 product options. For our "t-shirt" example, we are going to create two product options: "Size" and "Color".

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Next, create your option values. Option values describe HOW a product is different. For our "t-shirt" example, we will create two option values for Size: small, large. We will also create two option values for Color: red, green.

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Once you Save your product, your product options and option values give you product variants. For our "t-shirt" example, you would end up with the following 4 variants:

  1. t-shirt: small, red
  2. t-shirt: small, green
  3. t-shirt: large, red
  4. t-shirt: large, green
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Add a new product option

1. From your shop admin, go to the Products page.

2. From your list of products, select the product you want to create variants for. This will open the product info page.

3. Scroll down to the section called Inventory & variants.

To create a product variant that requires a new option (e.g. Size, Color, Material), keep reading. To create a variant of an option that already exists for this product, skip to Create a new product variant.

4. Under Inventory & variants, click edit options.

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5. Select Add another option and choose a name for your new option (e.g. Size or Color).

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6. Enter a value for the default.

7. Press the Save changes button.

8. Your new option will appear in your Inventory & variants list.

9. Every variant will now have this new option. To change the value of this option for a specific variant, click the edit link to the right of the variant.

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10. This will open a new panel where you can edit your option values. Replace the existing value with whatever value you want your variant to have.

Reminder

Make sure that the weight of your variant is accurate, if you plan to offer carrier-calculated shipping or use a third-party fulfillment service. Shopify rounds weights to the nearest gram.

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11. Click Save and close.

Reminder

When adding variants to an existing product, each individual new variant must be added manually.


Create a new product variant

If your products have only one option:

  1. Under Inventory & variants, click the Add a variant button. This will open a new panel.

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  2. Enter all the values for your new variant in the boxes provided. Click Add variant.

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  3. Your new variant will appear in your Inventory & variants list.

If your products have multiple options, you can save time using this method:

  1. Under Inventory & variants, select all variants with one option in common (e.g. all your small t-shirts or all the red ones):

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  2. Click Bulk actions, then select Duplicate variants... in the option you selected.

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  3. Enter your new variant and click done.

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Manage product variants

There are a number of time-saving tools that can help you manage your product's variants.

Bulk select actions

You can manually bulk-select variants using the checkboxes beside each variant. The bulk actions select box will appear on the top left side of the table, which includes a number of options:

  • Change price: Sets a new price for all selected variants.
  • Update inventory: Sets a new inventory quantity for all selected variants.
  • Delete variants: Deletes all select variants.
  • Duplicate variants in another...: Duplicates selected variants and sets a given Option on all new variants to a new value. This option will only be enabled if all the selected variants have all of the same option value for a particular option.

Reordering/Reorganizing Variants

Variants can be easily reordered by clicking the “reorder options” link. A new window will appear. In this window, you can drag the variants into the position you want within the table list, by dragging the name on the far right of a particular variant.


In-line variant editing

If you just need to quickly modify inventory or price then you can use the inline editing in the variant list. Click on quantity and you'll be placed into editing mode. Make numerous changes and then click on the product Save button in the top right to save all changes at once.

  1. From your shop admin, go to the Product page.

  2. From your Products page, click on the Product whose variant you would like to edit.

  3. Scroll down to the Inventory & Variants section.

  4. Click on the field that you would like to edit. Every field is editable.

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  5. Click Save.


Delete product variants and options

To delete product variants or options:

  1. From your shop admin, go to the Products page.

  2. From your list of products, select the product you want to delete variants for.

  3. Scroll down to the section called Inventory & variants.

From here, you have two choices – you can delete the option, or you can delete the variant.

Delete entire option

To delete an entire option (e.g. size, color):

  1. Delete any variant that will create a duplicate when you get rid of the option.

  2. Under Inventory & variants, click the "edit options" link.

  3. Once you've deleted any variant that would cause an option value to appear twice, a trash can icon will appear beside the "option". E.g. If you have Small/Red, Small/Green, Large/Red, and Large/Green - delete the two Larges (or smalls) to be able to delete the size option. Click the trash can icon next to the option you want to delete (e.g. color). The option will disappear.

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  4. Click Save changes.

  5. Because you deleted an option for your variants but not the variants themselves, you will be left with duplicates in your variants list. Find the duplicates, and click the checkbox next to them. The Bulk actions menu will pop up above your list of variants.

  6. Click on the Bulk actions menu. From the drop-down, select Delete variants.

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  7. A prompt will appear asking if you're sure you want to delete this variant. Click Delete.

  8. This option and its corresponding variants will no longer appear in your variants list, or on your storefront.

Delete variant

To delete a variant (e.g. small, red):

  1. Click the checkbox next to the variants you wish to delete. The Bulk actions menu will pop up above your list of variants.

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  2. Click on the Bulk actions menu. From the drop-down, select Delete variants.

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  3. A prompt will appear asking if you're sure you want to delete this variant. Click delete.

  4. The deleted variant will no longer appear in your list of variants, or on your storefront.

  5. Repeat for every variant you no longer need.

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