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Downloadable Product

A downloadable product can be anything that you can deliver as a file, such as an eBook, music, video, software application, or an update. You can offer an album for sale, and sell each song individually. You can also use a downloadable product to deliver an electronic version of your product catalog.

Because the actual download doesn’t become available until after the purchase, you can provide samples, such as an excerpt from a book or a clip from an audio file, that the customer can try from the product page.

Download with Sample

Downloadable products can be configured to require that the customer log in to an account to receive the link, or can be sent by email and shared with others. The status of the order before the download becomes available, default values, and other delivery options are set in the configuration.

The files for download can be either uploaded to your server, or linked to on a different server on the Internet.

Downloadable product file names can include letters and numbers. You can to use either a dash or underscore character to represent a space between words. Any invalid characters in the file name are replaced with an underscore.

Creating a Downloadable Product

The following instructions take you through the process of creating a downloadable product with the basic fields. Each required field is marked in the Admin with a red asterisk (*). After you complete the required settings and save the product, you can add images and complete the remaining product information as needed.

Things to Remember

  • Downloadable products can be uploaded to the server, or linked to from another server on the Internet.

    You can determine the number of times a customer can download a product.

    Customers purchasing downloadable products can be required to log in before going through checkout.

    The delivery of a downloadable product can be made when the order is in either a “Pending” or “Invoiced” state.