So you’ve just downloaded a Shopify theme package in a ZIP file? And clueless due to facing this error?
zip does not contain a valid theme: missing template layout/theme.liquid
Let’s break down this issue to see how we can fix the missing template. Sometimes, the “issue” doesn’t really exist in the first place 😉
Double-check your downloaded zip file’s content
Intuitively, you don’t always click on the archive and see what’s contained inside, right?
But in this case, this simple action will help! So please use the unarchiving software on your computer to look into what’s inside the ZIP file.
Many a time, a single zip file actually holds additional resources for the Shopify theme such as demo data and documentation. That said, the only theme package that you need to upload in this case is just the zip file with the name “a.zip.”
However, let’s investigate a bit more to be sure that you’re about to upload the right theme zip file.
Make sure to upload the right file: theme-name.zip
Now please unzip the a.zip into a folder and find out more.
Basically, a Shopify theme zip file should include these folders:
So the layout folder should include a theme liquid file so that the issue won’t occur again.
Now open the layout folder, if you see a theme.liquid file, then you’re good to go. Just zip them back and upload the zip file to your Shopify store.
When uploaded successfully, navigate to the theme item > Actions > Edit code and you reach this liquid file. This is the base of the theme, which hosts repeated theme sections such as headers and footers.
While the templates directory can include many .liquid files and they are all different from theme to theme, the layout directory must not miss the theme.liquid file. As it’s where all templates are rendered from.
One of the great things about using Shopify is the vibrant theme, product page customization, and app ecosystem. There are many Shopify themes to improve your store’s general look and feel. Just keep in mind to unzip your theme file to make sure it’s not missing theme.liquid.
In order to improve other aspects of Shopify product variants, don’t forget to check out these worthwhile apps:
- Vario – Variation Swatches: automatically show variant images swatches and customize them to meet your needs.
- EXPO ‑ Extra Product Options: add more than 100 product variant options using an advanced upload file field, input text field, date picker, and so many more!
So try those apps on and explore your own way — with these features, you’ll be able to easily locate your crucial theme functions and customizations.
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