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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 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, a clip from an audio file, or a trailer from a video that the customer can try before purchasing the product. The files that you make available for download can be either uploaded to your server, or from a different server.

Downloadable Product

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. To learn more, see: Configuring Download Options.

The following instructions take you through the process of creating a downloadable product with the basic fields. Each required field is marked in the AdminThe password-protected back office of your store where orders, catalog, content, and configurations are managed. 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.

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

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 who purchase a downloadable product 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.