Crawling the shopify app store for fun and profit

August 20, 2018

Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) is one of the largest e-commerce platforms on the internet. they allow you to setup a storefront with ease and start selling.

when you setup a store on Shopify, you can choose to install third party apps on your store which give you additional functionality that isn't in the core Shopify platform.

to see what kind of apps you can install, there's an app marketplace. me being curious, i thought it might be interesting to crawl the entire app marketplace, and download app and review data. so i did.

data overview

this dataset was collected on Sunday, 19th August 2018

  • total apps: 2,505
  • total reviews: 253,495
  • total developers: 1,405

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data format

{
    "name": "Cool app",
    "url": "https://apps.shopify.com/my-app-name",
    "category_url": "https://apps.shopify.com/categories/tools",
    "description": "App to get your more sales",
    "total_reviews": "100",
    "developer": {
        "name": "Widgets Inc",
        "slug": "developer-1234",
        "email": "support@developer-1234.com",
        "website": "https://developer-1234.com"
    },
    "price": "Free",
    "reviews": [{
        "author_name": "Vintage Com Ng",
        "author_site": "https://vintage-com-ng.myshopify.com",
        "content": "great app, easy to instal and works perfectly ",
        "stars": "5",
        "published_at": "2018-08-17T11:16:57-04:00"
    }]
}

update: after i posted this dataset to /r/datasets, user NationalElephant has done some analysis on the shopify dataset