Select a distribution method

Before you can share your app with merchants, you need to select a distribution method in the Partner Dashboard.

The way you choose to distribute your app depends on its purpose and your audience. You can't change the distribution method after you select it, so make sure that you understand the different capabilities and requirements of each type.

When you create an app through the Partner Dashboard or using Shopify CLI, you can select from the following distribution methods:

  • Public distribution: Select this method to make your app public. You can distribute or sell your app to many merchants through the Shopify App Store using this method.
  • Custom distribution: Select this method if you've built a custom app that you want to distribute to one store or multiple stores on the same Plus organization using a link.

If you have separate apps for development and production in the Partner Dashboard, then you should select the distribution method in the production app.