Building a Shopify App

Shopify’s API provides an almost unlimited set of possibilities for interfacing the Shopify platform with third-party software.

There are two ways you can make money building apps for Shopify stores:

  1. Create a custom app for a client: Use the Shopify API to build and sell an app that adds features and functionality to a client’s Shopify store.
  2. Build an app and sell it in the Shopify App Store: You’ll earn 80% of each app sale.

Get started:
Dive into making your first Shopify app with our getting started guides and videos. We’ll walk you through the process of getting an API key, creating a test shop and playing around with the API.

Publish your app:
Just hit “submit” in your Partner account. After your app is approved, you may even get a featured spot at the top of the Shopify App Store.

Make money:
Shopify’s Billing API makes it easy to bill customers with recurring monthly charges or one-time purchases.

Why it’s worth it:

  • Shopify’s Apps generate $345K collectively per month
  • Our Top 5 apps earn an average of $215K annually
  • 78,000 shops have a Shopify App installed
  • 230K visitors come to the App Store per month

Here are some of our top apps:

  • Yotpo Product Reviews: Helps shops generate and share product reviews. An uber-successful free app with premium features.
  • Product Discount: Easily create sales that you can manually control or schedule in advance. This app now offers a one-time purchase price.
  • Stitch Labs: This multi-channel solution gives merchants a custom inventory management suite with add-ons to manage shipping and accounting. Shopify is their biggest source of customers.
  • Social Login – Allows customers to log into merchants shops using their existing social identities from Facebook, Shopify or Google+.

Find out more:

Ready to put what you’ve learned into action?

Create a new development store to try it out. Get started.