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Connecting Your Shopify Store to Printful in 4 Simple Steps

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Starting an ecommerce store has never been easier. Not only are people buying things online more than ever before, but there are also countless tools to help you grow your online business.  

If you’re looking to sell printed merchandise, one of the best ways to get started is by using print-on-demand dropshipping. That’s what Printful does – we take care of all of the production, packaging, and shipping (with no order minimums). And you’re free to focus on making your business the best it can be!

To use Printful, you’ll need to connect your store to an ecommerce platform. Printful integrates with a bunch of platforms, and Shopify is one of the best, most intuitive options. In fact, thousands of merchants use Shopify every day to power their businesses.

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

  • No upfront costs – you won’t have to worry about investing in costly inventory
  • Automatic order fulfillment – you never have to process an order manually again!
  • Customized branding – we make it look like you sent it out

Now that you know what is Shopify and how you can use it together with Printful, let’s go through the process of connecting the two.

How to set up your Shopify store

How to connect your Shopify store to Printful

Step 1. Create your Printful account (it’s free!)

This is super easy and only takes a few minutes. Just click Sign Up from Printful’s homepage and you’ll be taken here:

All you need is your name, email, and a password and you’re ready for the next step.

Step 2. Install the Printful app on Shopify

Log in to your Shopify account and go to the Apps menu on the left-hand side of the dashboard. Then click Visit the Shopify App Store.

shopify app store dashboard
Source: Shopify

When you’re here, search for Printful. You’ll find our app listed first under Orders and shipping.

shopify printful app search
Source: Shopify

Click on the Printful app.

shopify add printful app
Source: Shopify

Next click Add app and confirm the installation.

shopify install printful app
Source: Shopify

Click Install app and you’re ready for the next part!

Step 3. Connect your store

After you install the app, you’ll be asked to log into both your Shopify and Printful accounts. Just follow the steps and connect the two together.

connect printful and shopify stores

Step 4. Add your products

Go to Printful and under Stores in your Dashboard, go to your store that you just connected. Click Add product; this will take you to Printful’s push generator where you can choose what products to sell.

printful dashboard store

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 sizes, each size will be a different variant.

You’re free to use the clipart and default text generator Printful offers, but if you want to get more creative, you can use your own designs for creating merchandise. While the most popular tool for this is Photoshop, there are plenty of free graphic design alternatives, too.

Once you have an image you want to place on a product, you can just import it by clicking upload file and it’ll appear on the mockup where you can adjust it further, if necessary.

printful mockup generator image upload

Finally, you’ll want to add a product description. Printful products come with a standard product description, but you’re free to change it however you wish.

Use this opportunity to showcase your brand voice and let customers know what kind of experience they’ll have if they purchase your product

Printful also lets you set your own retail price, so you can change your margins depending on what works best for your ecommerce store.

Once you’ve finished adding your products, they’ll be visible in your Shopify store. You can click View in Shopify to see the product.

printful shirt in shopify
Source: Shopify

If you go back to (or just refresh) your store page within Printful dashboard, the product will appear synced.

printful synced shirt

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!

Sit back and enjoy

So give it a try, and set up your Shopify store! You’re free to play around and experiment with products as much as you want. One thing you’ll need to do before you can actually start selling is adding a billing method. After you’ve done that, you’re ready to make your first sale!

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

This article was originally published in April 2014; it has since been updated.

Content Marketer at Printful


  1. Ese Mrabure-Ajufo

    I have synced my Shopify store to Printful, allegedly. I just got my first order and none of my Printful products are showing as being fulfilled by Printful. They are coming up as Being fulfilled at my storefront location. essentially, I would like to understand why I’m being shown that there is zero inventory from Printful?

    1. Edward Zarins

      Hey, please get in touch with our Support team and provide more details. We’ll check it and assist you. You can email us at [email protected] or you can start a chat with us from any page of our website. 🙂

  2. Anne Stroschein

    After importing the products into Shopify, I add the additional information for each variant. Under the inventory area of the variants page, should I be adding anything in the quantity drop down? I select track quantity, and continue selling when out of stock. Wasn’t sure if at least 1 item should be adding to the quantity drop down or if that isn’t needed with Printful’s dropshipping?
    Thanks so much!

    1. Alise Zindiga

      Hey, Anne, for print-on-demand products you should make sure that the “Automatic stock update” is enabled and Shopify tracking inventory disabled. Please feel free to contact our Customer Support via [email protected] or website chat if you need any help with this.

  3. Taylor

    I’ve connected Printful to Shopify and received my first few orders. I sync to quickbooks using the BOLD App and I see the sales receipts have come through properly. What I need to know is how to get the cost of purchase paid for each sale to map into quickbooks and be reflected in COGS. Is this possible or do these need to be entered into QB manually?

    1. Alise Zindiga

      Hey! We haven’t tested Quickbooks in such a way ourselves and, unfortunately, can’t say for sure if there’s a simple solution for that. Currently, we don’t have a direct integration with Quickbooks, but it’s possible to download your invoices in excel format from the Billing section of your Printful dashboard. Perhaps it’s something you can easily upload on Quickbooks then.

  4. Clint

    Once print full is connected to my Shopify website will my customers be able to see that I’m using printful to produce and ship my products, like when buying a shirt from my website will it say “made with printful” or will they not know at all

    1. Alise Zindiga

      Hey, Clint! No, your customers won’t see this anywhere, unless you choose to write it yourself somewhere on your website.

    1. Alise Zindiga

      Hey, Jacek, it’s not possible to push several products at the same time. To achieve the best outcome, we expect our customers to check all their listings before publishing and adjusting the print file according to their needs.

  5. Roman

    I wish to know how many designs should i use to launch my new store? My store is directed towards women t shirts hoodies clothing.I have created and designed about 10 great designs and i dont want to hit women with all at once. Please assist me. Thank you.

    1. Katherine Karklina

      Hi, Roman! That entirely depends on you and your preferences. Some enjoy a larger variety of designs, and some don’t. There’s definitely no specific number of designs required for the store – I’d advise you to trust your gut feeling on how many you need 🙂

  6. Roman

    Hi there. I am planning on launchig m clothing store and i want to know how many designs should i use to launch my store with? please your assistance would be greatly appreciated

    1. Katherine Karklina

      Hi, Roman! There’s no required number of designs that you should use to launch your store. It entirely depends on you and your preferences. You can use only one design for all of your products, or you can add a different design to each product.

  7. Roman B ZADRON

    Hi there Katherine and thank you so much for your response. I was just thinking from a customers perspective to not be too confused on what to buy because if the customer see so many different designs that appeals to them they may not purchase at all. So which is why i wanted you guys opinion on the matter. Once again i thank you for your time and assistance.

  8. Roman

    Hi there. I want to know can I create my printful account and create my store prior to connecting it with shopify? after really getting the understanding then connect it to shopify and still have fourteen more days to get everything right. Your assistance would be highly appreciated.

    1. Katherine Karklina

      Hi, Roman! Sure, you can set those up separately and then connect them whenever you’re ready. Let us know if you need any assistance with setting up your Printful profile!

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