Shopify's Multi-Currency Guide

Shopify's "Sell in multiple currencies with Shopify Payments" (in short: Multi-Currency) is a long-awaited feature introduced by Shopify in August 2019. It's only available for stores using Shopify Payments. Merchants from 16 countries use this feature to let their customers shop and checkout in 133 local currencies.

There are a few things you need to know about Shopify's Multi-Currency:

  • only Shopify Plus stores get an automatic conversion to local currencies based on geo-location. This is a feature "democratized" by Vitals and made available to all Shopify stores;
  • Vitals Currency Converter was the first app that was integrated with Shopify's Multi-Currency.

Stores not using Shopify Multi-Currency.

The currency conversion is handled by our app and uses the exchange rate provided by the same service Shopify is using for getting real-time rate updates: openexchangerates.org. As we control the currency conversion, we can always control the rounding rules, which you can customize in the app.

Stores using Shopify Multi-Currency

The Multi-Currency feature is only supported when the checkout is being done through Shopify Payments - the currency will not be converted if you are placing the order through a different payment gateway or a third-party app like PayPal. Read more about this.

Selling in multiple currencies is only supported by Shopify Payments. Orders placed using PayPal, or other third-party payment providers are processed in your store currency

Here's a brief side-by-side comparison:

Feature Without Shopify's Multi-Currency With Shopify's Multi-Currency
local currency enabled in Shopify Payments
local currency not enabled
Currency conversion is handled by our app Shopify our app
You can customize rounding rules in our app Shopify our app
Adding the currency name possible, in our app not yet possible possible in our app
Currency displayed on the storefront local currency local currency local currency
Currency displayed in checkout store's default currency local currency store's default currency
Customers are charged in store's default currency local currency if they pay via Shopify Payments* store's default currency
span.money HTML elements required, appears on all the pages except checkout not required, doesn't appear on the storefront required, appears on all the pages except checkout

* If payment is made via PayPal or a different payment gateway, customers are charged in the store's default currency.

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