Shopify application generator for Rails 3


This plugin makes it easy to get a Rails 3 app up and running with the Shopify API.

The generator creates a basic login controller for authenticating with your shop and a controller called “home” which displays basic information about your products, orders and articles.

Note: It's recommended to use this on a new Rails project, so that the generator won't overwrite/delete some of your files.


# Add the gem shopify_app to your Gemfile
$ echo "gem 'shopify_app'" >> Gemfile
$ bundle install


$ rails generate shopify_app your_app_api_key your_app_secret

If you don't have an API key yet, create a Shopify Partner account at and create an app. You can also create test shops once you're logged in as a partner.

When you create your app in the Shopify Partner Account, set the return URL to http://localhost:3000/login/finalize

You can also create a private application that only works for your shop by visiting


$ rails generate shopify_app edffbb1bb793e2750686e6f4647a384a fed5bb18hde3e2750686e6f4647a781a

This will create a LoginController and a HomeController with their own views.

After running the generator

First, start your application:

$ rails server

Now visit localhost:3000 and install your application in a Shopify store.

After your application has been given read or read/write API permission by the shop, you're ready to start experimenting with the Shopify API.

Questions or problems? <= Read up on the possible API calls! <= Talk to new friends! <= Edit the docs!