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Step-by-step guide to connecting your store to Shopify

By Julia Gifford - Reading time: 2 minutes

Shopify and Printful

Starting an e-commerce store has never been easier – not only are people starting to buy more (ka-ching!) and getting more used to online shopping, but there are so many tools out there that help you out.

Shopify is one of those platforms that just makes running an online store a breeze. Tones of people are using it, and what we’ve done is created an integration that lets you connect your Shopify store directly to Printful.

By hooking up your Shopify store to Printful, here’s some of what you’ll get:

  • no upfront costs
  • automatic fulfillment of your orders – you never have to process an order manually again!
  • customized branding – we make it look like you sent it out

Here’s a video showing you how to set up your Shopify store:

Here’s a breakdown of the steps to hook up your Shopify store to Printful:

1. Get the app

Log into your Shopify account, in the dashboard go to “apps”. In the search bar search “Printful”, and select “Get App”.

You’ll install the app, and you’ll be taken to the Printful website

2. Create your Printful account

This is super easy, and only takes a few minutes.

3. Install the App

Go back to your Shopify account, under the “Apps” tab, choose to Install the app.

Installing Printful app


4. Connect your store

Go to the Printful website, under Settings -> Apps, click “Connect” under the Shopify logo.

Connect Shopify


You’ll be asked to complete your billing info.

5. Add your products

If you already have your products set up in your store (aka you were fulfilling your products another way, and have simply chosen to use Printful now), then you’re golden. Skip to the next step.

Go back to Shopify, and under the “Products” tab, add your products. You’ll have to add every different variant.

A variant is a certain type of product that can be sold. For example, if you have a t-shirt that’s available in different size, then each size will be a different variant.

6. Sync the products with Printful

Go to Printful and go to Store -> Products. You’ll see all of the products in your Shopify store.

To choose a product to be fulfilled by Printful, select “Choose Product” and add all of the information for that product (product type, size, brand, etc.). Add the printfile, and you’re done!


7. Sit back and enjoy

For every order that’s made in your store, that is also configured in Printful, an automatic order will be made. You don’t have to worry about it!

So give it a try, and set up your Shopify store!

Do you have any more questions we didn’t answer? Let us know in the comments section, and we’l be sure to address them!

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  1. BS

    When you update the variants on Shopify, how do you get the updates through to Printful? The latter seems not to recognize the product has been updated.

  2. Takeshi

    Is there a way to have multiple options of a product (sizes/colors) without setting up separate variants? That amounts to a lot of variants for a typical t-shirt and doesn’t look that great in the Shopify store.

      1. Travis

        Julia…..what was the answer?? I’d like my buyers to be able to select multiple colours also….not sure how to set that up. thanks.

  3. Jacklyn Cuevas

    So, I’m a little lost here. I want to sell t-shirts with a message. Do I have to open a shopify account and buy the t shirts my self with the deign and everything and then link them to printful or can I just choose the products I have and then just people can start ordering? Or do I just tell printful what kind of print I want and I don’t have to order t shirts in advance? I don’t get it

    1. Julia Gifford Post author

      Hi Jacklyn,
      Let me clarify. All you do is upload your design and connect your Shopify to Printful. Every time an order comes in you charge your customer for the order. Then Printful charges you for the price of producing that order. This can all happen automatically, or you can also set it to be manually accepted.

  4. Krystal

    I have a ton of variants for each t-shirt (size and color). Is there a way sync them properly or do a group sync without having to go in a “choose product” for every single variant?

    1. Julia Gifford Post author

      Hi Krystal, yes, now there’s an option to create all of your products, choose all sizes and colors, and publish them directly into you Shopify store. You go to your Stores section and click “add”. Then there will be no syncing involved.

    1. Julia Gifford Post author

      Hi Christina,

      Can you specify? If you’re using Shopify, then Shopify allows you to push your products, for example, to Facebook. You can also have your Printful account connected in parallel to any other of our supported platforms, including Shipstation, which connects to Ebay, Amazon, Etsy, Sqaurespace, and more.

  5. Susana Martins

    When a costumer wants to return a product because he doesnt like the quality or the design how it works?

  6. Gordon

    When you say: “For every order that’s made in your store, that is also configured in Printful, an automatic order will be made.”

    How fast does this happen? When will my Shopify order go to Printful?

    1. Julia Gifford Post author

      Hi Gordon, for Shopify this happens immediately. However some stores have a setting that requires you to “capture” the payment on Shopify, and the order won’t go to Printful until the payment is captured. This setting, however, can be set to automatically capture the payment.

  7. David Carlton

    Hi There,
    I am setting up a shopify store. I do not have any products at this time. Is there a way to put Printful’s products catalog into my shopify store?

    1. Elina Bumbiere

      Hey David!
      We have a built-in product push generator on our Shopify app that allows you to select all the products you want to use and upload your design files. The generator will create, sync and generate mockups for the your products which means no manual set-up for you!
      You can get started by downloading the Printful app on Shopify. Keep in mind that all of our products are not available on the generator yet! We’re adding news ones regularly.

    1. Nora Inveiss

      Hey Chad,

      It’s possible that the set-up process has changed since this blog was published. We’ll take a look and make any necessary changes.

  8. Michael

    I’m searching through Shopify’s Expert page for developers and designers. I’m surprised how many of them are unfamiliar with Printful, specifically for the purpose of selling t-shirts. How can I narrow my search, and find developers who have experience with prihtful and tshirts?

  9. Eber Figueroa

    If I have a store on shopify and I am already selling my own products but I would like to add let’s say a mug from printful can I sell it in my store along side my own products…

    1. Nora Inveiss

      Yes, you can! The one thing you need to be aware of though is that you can’t use the “override shipping settings” feature. That’s because we can’t return the correct shipping rates if your customer’s cart contains both Printful and non-Printful items.

  10. Ryan

    On the spotify app I’m not getting the option to add my shirt label even though the shirt says it has the tearaway labels.

    1. Nora Inveiss

      Do you mean Shopify? πŸ™‚

      On Printful’s end, you would add the product to your store, and then go back and edit to add the inside label logo. So in your Printful Dashboard, to to Stores -> Sync -> Edit, and upload the inside label file.

  11. Mark

    The cost I set for my art work ex $40 you sell for $10. The balance goes into my acct after taxes. If my product set at 40 an hour price of print is 10 does the customer pay 50?

    1. Liva Spandega

      Hey Mark,

      The way it works is that you set your profit on top of our price – these two taken together will form the retail price of your product. So, let’s say, we sell a product for $10. If you set the retail price at $40 in your store, you’ll end up with a $30 profit. If you want your profit to be $40, the retail price that you sell at would have to be $50.

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