Shopify Theme Kit

Theme Kit is a single binary that has no dependencies. Download the application and with a tiny bit of setup you’re off to the theme creation races.

Using Theme Kit will enable you to

  • Upload Themes to Multiple Environments
  • Fast Uploads and Downloads
  • Watch for local changes and upload automatically to Shopify
  • Works on Windows, Linux and macOS


Automatic Installation

If you are on Mac or Linux you can use the following installation script to automatically download and install Theme Kit for you. Please follow the directions outputted to your console to change your bash profile so that you will have access to the theme command

curl -s | sudo python


If you have homebrew installed you can install Theme Kit by running the following commands.

brew tap shopify/shopify
brew install themekit

Manual Installation

Download and unzip the latest release.

OS Architecture  
macOS 64-bit download
Windows 64-bit download
Windows 32-bit download
Linux 64-bit download
Linux 32-bit download

For macOS or Linux run the following commands

cp ~/Downloads/theme /usr/local/bin # install the command onto your path
theme # test output of theme and make sure it is working

For installing on Windows run the following commands

  • Create a folder inside C:\Program Files\ called Theme Kit
  • Copy the extracted program into C:\Program Files\Theme Kit
  • Navigate to Control Panel > System and Security > System. Another way to get there is to Right-Click on My Computer and choose the properties item
  • Look for the button or link called Environment Variables
  • In the second panel look for the item called Path and double-click on it. This should open a window with a text field that is overflowing with content.
  • Move your cursor all the way to the end and add the following: ;C:\Program Files\Theme Kit\
  • Click OK until all the windows are gone.
  • To verify that Theme Kit has been installed, open cmd.exe and type in theme.

Get API Access

To develop themes with Theme Kit, you will need to authorize Theme Kit to access your store. Head to https://[your-store-name] it should look something like this:

Click on the Create private apps button. You will see this screen:

Fill out the information at the top and set the permissions of Theme templates and theme assets to read and write access. Press Save and you will be presented with the next screen. In it you will see your access credentials. Please make note of the password. You will need it later.

Use a new theme.

If you are starting from scratch and want to get a quick start, run the following:

theme bootstrap --password=[your-password] --store=[]

This will create a new theme for your online store from the Timber template. Then it will download all those assets from Shopify and automatically create a config.yml file for you.

Configure an existing theme.

If you already have a theme on Shopify and want to start using it you will need to view it in your browser and grab the theme ID from the URL. It should look like the following:

Then once you have noted your theme ID, run the following commands:

# create configuration
theme configure --password=[your-password] --store=[] --themeid=[your-theme-id]
# download and setup project in the current directory
theme download