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How To Create A Shopify Add to Cart Link

Are you a Shopify store owner trying to create a link that will directly take users to the cart page with the items pre-loading into their carts? Follow along this tutorial to create a Shopify add to cart link.

Side Note: This might be advanced for some Shopify users. You need a knowledge of CSS, HTML, JavaScript, and Liquid.

To create a Shopify add to cart link, you will need to use a cart permalink. Later in this tutorial, we will discuss cart permalinks but before that, let’s see the easiest way to create a Shopify add-to-cart link.

Your add to cart URL will look like this:


1. Replace “www.yoursite.com” with your website.

2. Replace VARIANTID with your product variant ID.

3. “1” should be replaced with the quantity of the product you want to add to the cart.

4. To add multiple products and quantities to the cart:


5. Change the "VARIANTID1" & "VARIANTID2", as well as the quantity of each.

We have tried this method, and it worked. Test to see if it works.

What is a cart permalink?


This section explains another way to use permalink to create Shopify add to cart links. (Source: Permalinks to preload the cart) We suggest you try the first method above first as we had a chance to test it. However, some Shopify store owners have used this second method and saw it worked as well.

Cart permalinks are defined as the pre-built links that allow customers to reach a shopping cart or checkout directly. These permalinks work best for apps that enable shoppers to purchase items from a single merchant in a cart.

Do you want to link directly to the Shopify checkout screen with a specific cart that already consists of items? Or do you want to add a “Buy it now” button in blogs or newsletters?

Then, cart permalinks will be your answer to your question “how to add a Shopify cart link.”

Here’s what a cart permalink looks like:

shopify cart permalink example

Its URL format is:

shopify add to cart link

Appending cart and checkout parameters

You can pre-fill any of the checkout fields. To do that, you’ll simply need to append checkout query parameters in the cart permalink URL. Use the following format when appending checkout parameters:

appending cart url format

The [email] part represents any of the possible checkout fields in the form. The [shipping_address][city], on the other hand, shows how you can use nesting to populate child fields.

List of Checkout Parameters

You can pre-fill the query parameters below.

checkout parameters

How to Discount Variants

It is possible to apply a discount to a permalink directly.

The format below applies to discount:

discounts to cart permalinks

The test part is the string value of a discount code.

Adding one product to your cart with a discount:


Adding two products to your cart with a discount:


The number after the “:” is the quantity selector.

Side Note: You can add notes, cart attributes, and tracking parameters as query parameters as usual. If customer accounts are enabled on your website, and the user is not logged in, first, they will see the login page before reaching the checkout.

How do you find the product variant ID?

1. Go to your Shopify admin, and then to Products > All products

2. Click to a product that has a variant

3. Then, do either of the following:

  • If you have only one location for your store, see the Variants section of the product detail page. Click Edit beside the product variant.
  • If you have multiple locations for your store, click the product variant in the Variants section of the product detail page.

4. See the URL in your browser’s address bar. It should be similar to:

shopify product variant id

The number after variants/ the variant ID number.

How to Add a Shopify Add to Cart Link to a Popup

You can drive more sales by displaying a related product at the checkout page with a discount or no discount. It is even possible to target a specific product. For example, if any customer has product A in their shopping cart, you can display them a popup.

This way, customers who take an interest in the offer can add product B to their shopping cart directly by clicking on a button on the popup.

You can do that by using the Popupsmart popup builder tool. Popupsmart is a no-code popup builder solution for websites. It can integrate with Shopify without any plugin.

Here’s a quick tutorial to build a popup with an add-to-cart button:

1. Create your risk-free Popupsmart account.

2. Set up Popupsmart to your Shopify store. (Takes 5 minutes at most)

3. Log in to your Popupsmart dashboard and click on Create a New Popup.

4. Select a popup template and customize it as you need.

See our product documentation to learn customization, targeting, and integrations.

5. See the popup button settings on the customization menu. Identify the text on your popup button. Click on that text from the left side menu (not on the popup.)

add to cart button setup

6. Choose Action as “Target a URL.”

target a URL

7. Paste the Shopify add to cart link you have created in the “Target Url” box. E.g., <img>https://www.yoursite.com/cart/add?id=VARIANTID&quantity=1</img>

8. Once you are done with customization, click Target.

9. If you want to target shopping carts with specific item/s at checkout, you will need to use HTML targeting. Click on Visitor behavior, then select HTML targeting.

See HTML targeting documentation.

10. If you want to target specific pages on your website, you can use URL Targeting.

11. Enable mobile popup from the Visitor Device by clicking on the mobile icon. (Optional)

enable mobile popup

12. Once you are done, save to publish later or Save & Publish right now.

Here’s an example of how it looks:

shopify add to cart popup

It would work perfect for Shopify upselling and cross selling!

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That’s it! We hope you found this tutorial helpful. Did it work for you? Tell us in the comments below. 🙂