How to Add a Digital Download Product on Shopify

How to Add a Digital Download Product on Shopify

In this tutorial we're going to show you how to add digital download products to Shopify. 

How to Add a Digital Download Product on Shopify

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Let’s get into it!

Installing An App

The first thing we want to do is go to apps on the left hand side. 

Installing An App

You will then want to click the “Visit the Shopify App Store” button at the top right hand corner of the page. We first have to install an app that allows us to insert the actual digital product in here. 

Visit the Shopify App Store

So we're going to search for digital downloads and this app is made by Shopify. So we want to look for the one that has the black icon and it's going to say by Shopify. Click on that.

digital downloads

Next, click on the “Add app” button. This app is completely free.

Add app

On the next page, scroll down to the bottom and click “Install app.” 

Install app

That's it for that step.

Adding The Product

The next thing we want to do is add the product. So you’ll go back to products by clicking it from the menu on the left. 

Adding The Product

You are then going to click the “Add product” button in the upper right hand corner. 


Add product

In the description, you want to have some sort of description here. We’re just going to retype the title and say who it’s by. 


Next, you want to add some sort of picture for this product. We have created a cover for this example. 


ebook cover

So here we have the e-book cover Training your dog with treats. 

e-book cover

You will then want to scroll down to add the pricing of your product. This item will be ten dollars. You will most likely want to charge tax. 


The next option is the inventory. It is optional but it does have an option to track your quantity. 

track quantity

Let's say, for this e-book, I only want to sell 10 copies just to kind of create that sense of urgency for some people. So we’ll change the quantity available to 10. 


If you don't want to track quantity you can just completely uncheck that. 

track your quantity

You can also track quantity, maybe do some extravagant number, let’s say 900, just to have a large availability there. 


You can also click on “Continue selling when out of stock,” that way you'll never really sell out of this product since it's a digital download. 

Continue selling when out of stock

Just below inventory is Shipping and this is where it's important. You want to uncheck where it says “This is a physical product.” You uncheck that, and that will give you the ability to have that downloadable product. 



You could also create variants for digital products. So if you think about why we were selling this book, maybe we want to create a more deluxe version of this book where it has few extra chapters in it. We can create a variant for them. In this instance, we're just going to leave it like that and click save in the bottom right hand corner. 



Adding The Digital Attachment

Then, right here within the product, we're going to click on “More actions” at the top and then we're going to click on “Add Digital Attachment.” 

More actions

Add Digital Attachment

This is where the actual ebook aspect comes into play. All we've uploaded so far is just the cover photo of that e-book. So we're going to add digital downloads and we can do that because we've already installed the app digital downloads. So this will open up the product and then the title, 10 dollars and there's no file attached yet. Let’s do that now.

Attaching A File

First you’ll click on “Upload File.”  

Upload File

We are going to choose our book, “How to train your dog treats.pdaf”, then click open.

How to train your dog treats.pdaf

It will then upload the file right there and that's basically it. 

upload the file right there

Now that you have your product in here, when your customers are going through the checkout process, they will be able to just download this particular product after they've submitted their payment and after they've checked out of your store. If you go into the settings at the top, you will see that this will also send them an automatic email in order to receive that downloadable product. 


automatic email

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