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.

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

Windows Installation

Automatic Powershell Install

Run the following commands in Powershell as Administrator.

(New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString("") | powershell -command -


  • Create a folder inside C:\Program Files\ called Theme Kit
  • Download themekit (below) and 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.

Manual Installation

Download the latest release executable.

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

Get API Access

You will need to set up an API key to add to our configuration and create a connection between your store and Theme Kit. The API key allows Theme Kit to talk to and access your store, as well as its theme files.

To do so, log into the Shopify store, and create a private app. In the Shopify Admin, go to Apps and click on Manage private apps. From there, click Create a new private app, to create your private app. Fill out the information at the top and set the permissions of Theme templates and theme assets to have Read and write access. Press Save and you will be presented with the next screen. In it you will see your access credentials. Please copy 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.

To connect an existing theme, you need the theme’s ID number. The easiest way to get your theme’s ID number is to go to the Theme Editor click on Edit HTML/CSS and copy the theme ID number from the URL — it will be last several digits after

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