About subscriptions

Subscriptions enable customers to purchase products on a recurring basis. For example, customers can do the following:

  • Pay-per-delivery subscription: Pay for products for each delivery. New orders are created at regular intervals. This option is also known as "Subscribe and save".
  • Pre-paid subscription: Make a single payment upfront and receive products on a regular cadence until the order is fulfilled.

Subscription apps enable developers and merchants to build subscription experiences directly into Shopify's ecosystem. This guide describes what a subscription is, subscription APIs, migration to subscription APIs, and limitations for subscription apps.