How to sell digital products in OpenCart 2.0.x

When you want to sell a digital product in your store, you have to make some additional configurations of your store and products. This is why, in this blog post I will show you in a few simple steps how to make these configurations in the right way.

First of all, you have to prepare your digital product for selling. By that, I mean that you have to add your product in your store by filling correctly all required fields which will make your item downloadable.

Adding a file

In order to add a file in your OpenCart store, follow these simple steps:

  • Log on into your store’s administration panel.
  • Go to Catalog > Downloads.
  • Click on the Add New button, which is located in the top right corner.
  • This page will appear:

Download Name: you should write a download name in this field, which can be easily accessible later.
Filename: In this field you should upload the file from your computer by using the button Upload.
Mask: This is a security field, which is used to prevent your clients from downloading the file directly. It is recommended the mask to be different than the file name.

  • When you are ready with the form, click on the Save button.

​Edit the product​

After you have successfully added the download, you have to link it with the product and make some additional configurations. In order to do that:

  • Open the administration panel.
  • Go to Catalog > Products.
  • Select the desired product and click on the Edit button.
  • Click on the tab Data and you will see a screen where you have to change the field Requires Shipping to No and Weight to 0.
  • Click on the tab Links and in the Downloads autocomplete field type in the name of the download that you added above.
  • When you are done with this product click Save.

Configure the payment method

If you have completed the steps above, you are almost ready with selling this product as a digital one. You just need to change the payment method configuration to automate the whole process:

  • In the administration panel, go to Extensions > Payments.
  • Click on the Edit button of the payment method that you are using.
  • Change the Order Status field to Complete.

By doing this, every time a client checks out a product in your store, the order status will be automatically changed to Complete, which means that the file will be available for downloading right away.

In conclusion

This tutorial will be useful if you want to sell e-books, tutorials, your personal icons/images, software, plugins, templates, etc. If you have any questions or difficulties in configuring your products, please use the comments section below.

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