Deploying your Shopify app on DigitalOcean can seem daunting, but with the right steps, it’s a breeze. This guide will walk you through deploying your Shopify app using DigitalOcean’s powerful cloud platform.

Step 1: Prepare Your Shopify App

Before you begin, make sure your Shopify app includes a Dockerfile. This file is essential for DigitalOcean to understand how to deploy and run your app. Dockerfile should like something like this

FROM node:18-alpine

COPY web .
RUN npm install
RUN cd frontend && npm install && npm run build
CMD ["npm", "run", "serve"]

Step 2: Creating Your DigitalOcean App

Create a new application on DigitalOcean and connect it to your Shopify app’s GitHub repository. DigitalOcean automatically detects the Dockerfile and uses it for the deployment process.

Step 3: Configuring Your Environment

You’ll need to set four environment variables in your DigitalOcean app settings:

HOST (to be set after your server is up and running)

Step 4: Deploying the App

Once your environment variables are set, deploy your app through DigitalOcean. The platform will build and run your app based on the Dockerfile.

Step 5: Setting the HOST Environment Variable

After deployment, you’ll be given a URL for your app. Update the HOST environment variable in your DigitalOcean app settings with this URL.

Step 6: Finalizing Your Shopify Integration

At first, your app’s URL will show “No shop provided”. You’ll need to point your Shopify store to this URL to install and integrate the app.


Deploying your Shopify app on DigitalOcean simplifies the process, ensuring that your app is scalable and robust. Remember to regularly update and monitor your app for optimal performance.