Each Pixel Union Shopify theme purchase includes all future versions of that theme. Regular releases for new versions provide bug fixes, added features, platform requirements, or other improvements.
First, explore what updating a theme involves, then use the Theme Updater App to update. Alternatively, consider our recommendations for updating themes without the Theme Updater App.
What does updating a theme involve?
Updating a theme is basically moving content (added images, copy, etc.) and customizations (settings, modifications, etc.) to an improved version of the theme. This is a manual process involving two separate theme files: the original theme with content and the latest version without content.
Why isn't this automatic?
This process is standard for Shopify platform themes. Fortunately, more features and flexibility have been added to the platform over time and merchants generally require fewer theme file modifications to achieve specialized setups. Using platform or official theme features instead of theme file modifications
Use Theme Updater to update your theme
The Free plan includes:
- Register your theme
- Obtain the latest version of your theme
- Get notified whenever a new version of your theme is available
The Pro plan adds to the Free by providing transfer features for content, customizations, and settings configurations. This plan also adds a file comparison feature to show you changes in the code side-by-side.
Transfer as many theme file customizations to the latest version as possible
- Identify code conflicts that prevented transfer and offer code comparisons for easy adjustments
Automatically include new or updated language files
Using the app
Which theme versions are compatible with the Theme Updater?
Registering your Shopify theme
Migrating content and settings
The app will install the latest theme as an unpublished (Draft) theme on the Themes page of your Online Store, carrying over as much content as possible from the previous theme.
Obtaining a default copy of the latest version
No plan is needed if you're only after the latest version in its default state.
Installing a default copy of the latest theme version
Files that have been modified will be flagged by the app, so take a screenshot image or write down the files it identifies. These files will need to be modified again in the updated version.
For strategies on updating with customizations, check out How do I update a modified theme to the latest version?