Learn How to Build, Launch and Run a Shopify App by Ian Grabill

Learn How to Build, Launch and Run a Shopify App

Join me as I walk you through what it takes to start and operate a Shopify App business.  


If you are looking for a way to make money online, the Shopify App store is a fantastic place to start.

In Q4 of 2019, Shopify reported that they had more than 1 Million merchants on their platform. Those merchants need to install Shopify apps to help them run their businesses. As Shopify continues to grow, the demand for apps grows as well. There is no better time to start building for the Shopify ecosystem. 

This extensive course will cover all aspects of Shopify App development. Everything from the Shopify Partner and Developer ecosystem, how to build a custom app and ultimately launching it to millions of merchants. 

I can't wait to see what you build with this new knowledge!

Who Should Take This Course?


If you want to build a SaaS business on a platform that  is home to over 1 million customers, then this course is perfect for you. 

No-Code Entrepreneurs

Even if you don't know how to code, this course stays away from overly technical details and will show you what is possible. 

Freelancers & Agencies

Want to learn about a new service opportunity. I regularly build Shopify Apps for clients. Learn how I do it in this course. 

Business Acquirers

Looking to buy a SaaS business with recurring revenue. Learn what goes into maintaining and growing a Shopify App business. 


Ian has a great way of breaking things down. He makes processes simple, which is great considering what seems like so many moving parts of a Shopify app.
Andrew Walters

Learn Skills Valued at $5000+

This is not a made up number. I charge clients a minimum of five to ten thousand dollars when building custom Shopify Apps. Whether you want to build your own or build for someone else, as a student you will get it all and can do the same. 

About Your Instructor

Hi, my name is Ian and I've been a software developer for over 10 years now. I've done extensive work in the Shopify ecosystem including building multiple Shopify apps, managing high end Shopify Plus stores and consulting for businesses all over the U.S.  When I am not consulting, I am building my own software businesses and sharing my learnings along the way. 
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Course Content

Module 1 - Introduction
About Your Instructor
4 mins
How To Take This Course
3 mins
Module 2 - Inside Look At The Shopify Ecosystem
Inside Look At The Shopify Ecosystem
3 mins
Shopify App Marketplace Walkthrough
6 mins
Module 3 - Being A Shopify Partner
Being A Shopify Partner
3 mins
Partner Dashboard Walkthrough
10 mins
Shopify Partner Signup Form
Module 4 - What And How Of Apps
2 mins
Types of Apps
6 mins
Auth and Permissions
6 mins
App Extensions
6 mins
4 mins
Bonus - Billing
3 mins
Module 5 - Why Build An App?
Coming Soon
Module 6 - Building a Shopify App
4 mins
Part 1 - Building App Framework
11 mins
Part 2 - App Environment
8 mins
Part 3 - Running The App
6 mins
Bonus - Webhook Integration
9 mins
Module 7 - Designing A Shopify App
Designing A Shopify App
6 mins
Module 8 - Submitting And Launching
Submitting And Launching
6 mins
App Submission Walkthrough
13 mins
My Submission Checklist
App Submission Feedback Example
121 KB
Shopify App Requirements
Module 9 - Post Launch Operations
Post Launch Operations
11 mins
Daily, Weekly, Monthly Operations
3 mins
Module 10: Marketing / Growing Your App
Marketing Channels
8 mins
Module 11 - What's Next?
What's Next
2 mins
Module 12: Bonus Content
Coming Soon: App Ideation Strategy
Coming Soon: Hiring Developers
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Who is this course for?

This is a course for anyone interested in learning about another way to make money on the internet. 

Whether you want to build your own Shopify app, start a consultancy to build apps for others or even acquire an existing Shopify App business, this course will be beneficial for you. 

If this course looks interesting and you aren't sure if it's for you, send me an email or DM on twitter and I will let you know what I think. 

When Will This Course Be Available?

The course will launch on July 20th, 2020.

What Will I Learn To Build?

Together, we will go over what it takes to build and launch an embedded Shopify app. I will make a sample app that I will use to demo the possibilities. 

What programming language will you use in the course?

I will be using Ruby on Rails. This is the same language that Shopify is built on.

I don't know Ruby on Rails, will this course be helpful?

The short answer: Yes.

You don't need to know Ruby/Rails to benefit from this course. I will be giving you a high level look at the technology used, but will not be diving deep in to the tech. 

What Apps Have You Built?

Aside from 10+ years as a software developer, I have been working in the Shopify ecosystem for over 4 years. I have built multiple Shopify apps, both public and private. The private ones I can't share but you can check out my personal app Quick Draft Orders.