Have you ever tried to find a Shopify store's theme?

It seems challenging, right?

In this article, we will discuss how you can find a Shopify store's theme and find out if it's a custom one. At last, we will give some tips on how you can pick the right Shopify theme for your store!

Keep on reading to learn more!

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How do you find which theme a Shopify store is using?

You can use various methods to find the theme of a Shopify store.

You can use the following:

  • An online Shopify theme detector tool
  • A Chrome extension
  • A manual process

Let's take a look at each one in more detail:

1. Use an online Shopify theme detector tool

The easiest solution for finding what Shopify theme a website is using is an online Shopify theme detector tool.

A Shopify theme detector is a tool that helps find out what Shopify theme a website is using. This includes the theme name, and sometimes its price, plugin, and more.

Some examples are Shopify Theme Detector, WhatStoreTheme, Gochyu, and Avada.

Avada shopify theme detector

These tools are free in most cases, and the process is also simple.

Here is how to use these tools to find the theme of a Shopify store:

  1. Open any online Shopify theme detector tool.
  2. Copy the homepage link of the Shopify store.
  3. Paste the link to the online tool. 
  4. Press the 'Check' button.
detecting tool example

2. Using a Chrome extension to find the theme of a Shopify store

If you're looking for a certain feature, chances are there are Chrome extensions that meet your needs. (There are even extensions for product research!)

The same is true for finding a Shopify theme. For example, you can use Shopify Theme Detector or Koala Inspector:

Shopify theme detector

Both of them are straightforward to use:

Rothy's extension example

3. Finding a Shopify store's theme manually

The first process to finding out what Shopify theme a website is using is the manual approach.

The manual process includes two ways:

  • Finding the theme
  • Find the theme code

Let's go over them more in-depth now:

Find the theme

First, go to the Shopify store whose theme you like We landed on the Heraldic Jewelry page

Heraldic jewelry homepage

Click the right button of the mouse, then select view page source. Or, use Ctrl + U to open the page source directly.

Then, use Ctrl + F to bring the search box and type Shopify.theme. A number of results under this name will show up:

Heraldic jewelry shopify theme detect

As for our search results, you can see that code line number 133 has a slight detail.

It includes the name 'New Brooklyn w\/Consultation Form'. That's the name of the theme Heraldic Jewelry is using. 

Brooklyn theme on shopify

Find the code

Every Shopify theme has a unique code known as theme id. 

On this page source, use Ctrl + F and type theme_store_id, and a series of numbers will pop up.

If you Google 'Shopify theme number', you will be taken to the page of the Shopify theme. Here is a list of Shopify theme names and IDs. 

Getting back to our example:

Heraldic jewelry theme store id

You can see the number 730 is showing, which is the Brooklyn theme. 

Note: The Shopify theme-finding process is similar in Chrome, Firefox, and Edge.

The process to detect a Shopify theme on the MAC

Here is how Apple users can find the theme a Shopify store uses. 

Go to your preferred Shopify store. Right-click on the mouse and select view page source.

Or, use the keyboard shortcut Command + Option + u.

You will see a tab with the HTML code open. Press Command + f and then type Shopify.theme. You will see some results; select the one with the name.

If you are looking for the Shopify theme id, then after Command + f, search theme_store_id. You will land on the exact spot. 

The process to detect a Shopify theme on Windows

Here's how Windows users can find a Shopify theme. 

Go to your preferred Shopify store. 

Use Ctrl+U to open the page source

Then, hit Ctrl+F to bring out the search box. Once the box pops up, type Shopify.theme. You will be led to the section of the theme name:

Windows shopify theme detector
Example store: Staples

If you want to search for the theme id, type theme_store_id, and you will be guided to that exact spot:

Search the theme store id

How do you identify a custom Shopify theme?

Sometimes when you search for the theme in the Shopify store, you can't find the exact one.

Why is that? 

That is because that shop is probably using a custom theme that isn't findable. 

To determine if a Shopify store uses a custom theme, search for its theme ID from the page source. If it returns no id number, it is using a custom theme.

There are two ways to identify a Shopify custom theme.

1. Using an online tool

Some smart online tools show if the theme is a custom one. WhatStoreTheme is one of those.

What store theme homepage

Let us show you an example with Tentree

Using what store theme online

2. Searching manually

Go to the page source, and search for the theme_store_id. You will see the word ‘null’ in front of the theme id, which is the sign of a custom ID:

Tentree theme store id

As you can see, we checked Tentree’s page source. It is showing null, but it was supposed to show an ID number, meaning the website uses a custom theme. 

Why should you detect what Shopify theme a site is using?

A theme represents a brand's personality. Detecting a Shopify store's theme will benefit you in a few ways. 

Find the right shopify theme

Shopify offers hundreds of themes, both free and paid versions, under different categories.

Anyone can use any theme they prefer, which can be confusing as to which one to pick. So, you can check the themes of other Shopify stores to get inspired!

If you see any successful competitors and wondering what theme they're using? Then you can always check it using one of the methods in this article. 

How do you pick the right Shopify theme? (7 tips)

After creating your Shopify store, you can visit the Shopify theme store for free or paid themes: 

Shopify ecommerce website templates

But finding the right theme might be challenging for you as there is no one theme that is best for everyone.

So, we listed seven tips to help you find the right theme for your Shopify store.

Let's look at them:

1. Look for a theme related to your niche

Shopify has themes designed for various categories, such as industry-based themes, themes based on products, or themes for one-product stores.

For example, a website in the beauty niche should use a theme that looks relaxed and refreshing.

Shopify theme categories filter

Before selecting a theme, take note of the colors, elements, and styles to see if it fits your brand.

2. Search for the features you need

There are many features to look at while browsing themes, such as:

  • Wide layout 
  • Product filtering 
  • Cart drawer
  • Quick buy 
  • Video player
  • FAQ page 
  • Blog section
  • Checkout page
  • Social integration

Finding each theme and checking out its features is a long process. You can browse the themes to find the features you are looking for. 

For any theme on the Shopify theme store, you can see the 'This theme is great for' section. If your purpose matches any of the criteria mentioned, you can choose that theme:

This theme is great for
Source: Pursuit

All the features a theme offers might not be shown on the description page.

So, after you have chosen a theme, check the theme preview page or view the demo store.

3. Make sure the theme is mobile-friendly and responsive

Almost all the themes are compatible with multiple devices. But some themes are more advanced than others. 

We can take the add to cart button as an example.

Users might see it alongside the product images on a desktop, but browsing from a phone might require them to scroll down. In that case, look for themes where the mobile view isn't long. 

Remember that people choose to buy where there is less hassle. If your pages involve a smooth purchasing experience on the desktop and less scrolling on the mobile, they will love it. 

Charts showing increasing amount of time spent on mobile versus desktop

4. Use a fast-loading theme

Are you thinking of having a theme with flashy design elements?

These may look nice but will weigh the website down.

The result? 

Your shop takes a long time to load; shoppers get distracted, wait for 3 seconds, and then leave. You're left with an increased bounce rate. 

A fast-loading theme has a simple design, which helps potential buyers to navigate the store and motivate them to take action.

Shopify fast loading theme example

5. Support from the developers

After installing a theme, you may face certain technical troubles. In these cases, it's great to have support from developers available.

So, before finalizing a theme, check whether the theme developers offer extended support. 

If you are using a Shopify theme, you will get direct theme support for both free and premium themes:

Support from the developers

6. Check the theme reviews

Reviews are great for checking the experiences of people who've already used a product or service:

Check theme reviews
Source: Motion

You can learn about the pros and cons of the theme and might find some informative details.

7. Keep your budget in mind

Free Shopify themes have almost every feature you need, making them a reasonable choice for beginners.

However, if you need a nicer design or more features, you can upgrade to a premium Shopify theme, allowing you more control over your store.

The pricing will vary between $150 to $350, based on the developer and features. So, if you are willing to pay extra, you can consider a premium theme.

Note: If you want more information about choosing the right theme for your Shopify store, check out our article here.


Before we go to the conclusion, we have created a quick summary of this article for you, so you can easily remember it:

  • You can also use a Google Chrome extension or online Shopify theme detector tools.
  • You can use online theme checkers like What Store Theme to find a theme. It will even tell you if the Shopify theme is a custom one.
  • To manually find what theme a Shopify store uses, you must look up the theme name or theme ID. 
  • If there is no theme ID available; rather, you get the word 'null'; it is a custom theme.


So, there you have it- all ways to see what theme a Shopify store uses. 

Remember, every store is unique, even though they are using the same theme. 

You will need more changes as your store grows to ensure smooth store management and customer experience.

We hope our article helps you find the right theme for your Shopify store. 

Good luck!


Want to learn more about Shopify?

Ready to move your Shopify store to the next level? Check out the articles below:

Plus, don’t forget to check out our in-depth how to start a Shopify store guide here.

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