dawn VS starter-theme

Compare dawn vs starter-theme and see what are their differences.


Shopify's first source available reference theme, with Online Store 2.0 features and performance built-in. (by Shopify)


The Shopify Themes Team opinionated starting point for new a Slate project (by Shopify)
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dawn starter-theme
17 1
1,936 448
2.4% 0.9%
8.8 2.5
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Liquid Liquid
GNU General Public License v3.0 or later MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of dawn. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-04-21.
  • Set Up a Modern Shopify Online Store 2.0 Workflow with Shopify CLI
    3 projects | dev.to | 21 Apr 2022
    Once you are in the store admin, click Online Store. Here you should see Dawn as the Current theme. Dawn is now the default theme for OS 2.0 stores, and is actually open source!
  • Vanilla JS real life application examples
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/node | 19 Apr 2022
  • Awesome Shopify Resources for 2022
    5 projects | dev.to | 14 Feb 2022
    1. Dawn
  • What's Going On With Dawn and Online Store 2.0?
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/shopify | 9 Aug 2021
    As an existing merchant, you need to download Dawn from GitHub . To download the zip, click on the Code button and download it as a zip OR head over Dawn Releases Page and download the Source Code (zip) file. Then, upload it to your store from Admin
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/shopify | 9 Aug 2021
    As far as Dawn, you can go to GitHub repo, https://github.com/Shopify/dawn, and download. This downloads as a zip file. You can then go to your Shopify dashboard down to sales channel and online store. Under themes you should have an option for unpublished themes and the option to add a new theme. Upload the zip file and you'll be able to use Dawn on your store.
  • Shopify OS 2.0 - Quick, demystifying, digestible rundown...
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/shopify | 9 Jul 2021
    Another aspect is speed. Dawn is the current official Online Store 2.0 theme open sourced by Shopify for developers to begin exploring and building on. With this theme, Shopify have made it fast. And we mean fast. Scoring a consistent 98/99 on Google Page Speed Insights / Lighthouse, it paves the way for faster commerce. Remember, if you plan on developing themes based off Dawn for commercial gain, you must go through the Shopify Theme Store.
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/shopify | 9 Jul 2021
    You can see for yourself and even add/fix it if you want 😊 https://github.com/Shopify/dawn


Posts with mentions or reviews of starter-theme. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-04-21.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing dawn and starter-theme you can also consider the following projects:

shopify-theme-lab - Shopify theme development environment using Liquid, Vue and Tailwind CSS. Built on top of Shopify CLI 🧪

HULL - 💀 Headless Shopify Starter – powered by Next.js + Sanity.io