Update Zest theme

A guide to update Zest theme

Each Zest theme purchase includes all future versions of that theme. Regular releases for new versions provide bug fixes, added features, platform requirements, or other improvements.

The most up-to-date version of the theme is available on Shopify Theme Store.

The Color schemes feature is available from Zest version 7.0.0 and above.

If your current theme version is older, make sure you migrate data for this feature following this article: How to migrate your Zest theme to version 7.0.0 🌟

All code customizations in your theme are not transferred to the new theme version by default.

You need to duplicate and move the code to the new version yourself.

Update the theme automatically

In your Shopify admin, open the Themes page of your Online Store.

When a theme update is available, a notification will appear in your theme library.

Click on the notification to read more details.

Then, select Add to theme library to add the updated version to your theme library, or select View release notes to read the new release details.

I can't see the update notice, what should I do?

If you do not see such auto-notification for any new version, the reason could be that you have made some code modifications that unfortunately conflict with the notification system.

In this case, you can re-install your theme and update it manually.

It's worth noting that all customization and third-party app snippets will not be kept in the new updated version. Please check the customization code and move it to the new updated version accordingly.

For app integration, we suggest you contact the app providers to assist you with re-installing the apps.

Create a backup of your current theme

Duplicate your work before attempting any theme update.

If you encounter any errors, you can use the duplicated (backup) version to restore to the original function and styling.


  1. In your Shopify admin > Online store, click Actions.

  2. Select Duplicate.

  3. Rename the copied file.

Upload the latest Zest theme version

Check and download the latest version of Zest from Shopify Theme Store.

Once you have the theme file ready, you can upload it to your Shopify store.


  1. From your Shopify dashboard, go to Online Store.

  2. In the Theme library, select Add theme > Upload zip file.

  3. In the Upload theme modal, click Add file and select the file you want to upload.

  4. Click Upload file.

Move the theme settings and your pages


  1. Locate your old theme > select Actions > Edit code.

  2. Copy the content of the following files from the current theme and paste them into the same folders in the new version. These files include:

    • All edited JSON files in the Templates folder

    • The settings_data.json file in the Config folder.

  3. Re-implement your code modification works (if any).

Files with the green dot are the files you have made changes to.

For custom templates, you'll need to create the JSON template in the new theme files since they won't exist there by default. More details here from Shopify on creating new templates in the theme.

Re-install apps

Any apps that add code to your theme's files will need to be re-installed. This can be an automatic or manual process depending on the app, so confirm with the app's developer whether removing and adding the app is enough to connect with the new version.

Find the app documentation in the App Store to follow the installation instructions.

If you're unfamiliar with this process, you can go to Apps > click View details to find the support email for that Shopify app.

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