Script Editor App's published Line-Item script does not execute on the new Cart object mutations.

Script Editor App's published Line-Item script does not execute on the new Cart object mutations.

Shopify Partner
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Why did I post?

I believe there's a bug in the interaction between the Storefront API's new Cart object and Shopify's Script Editor scripts. The bug is that Line-Item scripts do not execute on Cart related mutations.


I can copy & paste GraphQL queries & responses all day. But the gist of it is, using the latest `v.2021-10` GraphQL endpoint, the published Shopify Script Editor Line-Item scripts properly execute on the `checkoutLineItemsAdd` mutation but does not execute whatsoever on the `cartLinesAdd` mutation. This statement of behavior is true for all the other mutations of those objects.


My Script Editor App's published Line-Item script is fully functional. It is, take my word for it. It's easy to write a simple script to verify this, do it.

I've tested with various Line-Item scripts and they all work perfectly against Storefront API Checkout object mutations and not at all on the Storefront API's Cart object mutations.

Let's talk academics

I assume Shopify created the new Cart object to lighten the processing and database load related to the heavier Checkout object. There's a lot of customer `line_item` activity that never makes it to checkout so why should we burden the checkout infrastructure unnecessarily, right? So, once a customer gets their Cart items locked-in as desired, they then get promoted to Checkout items (eventually). But what if customers change their mind last minute and still want to change some checkout line_items, right? Well that's why keeping both implementations makes sense. So I get that the CartLine object is not a replacement for the CheckoutLineItem object. As a result, there are two places to edit `line_items` that are or will eventually be Checkout related `line_items`. We all understand.

Does this make sense?

If I stretch my imagination, I can grasp at why Shopify Script Editor Line-Item scripts wouldn't be executed on Cart object mutations because:

"A Cart represents the merchandise that a buyer intends to purchase"

And maybe "intends" there means it operates more like a semi-functional Cart; a casual wish-list?

But I still can't really understand why it would make sense to not enact my cart `line_item` modifications executed by the Script Editor on that Cart object. For the customer, this is a very disorienting & misleading experience. Imagine the customer not experiencing the Script Editor `line_item` modifications while browsing the website and using the Cart... and then all of a sudden a rush of `line_item` changes unexpectedly appear when their `line_items` are promoted from Cart to Checkout.

As a result of this current behavior, whether it be a bug or not, I'm forced to continue using the Checkout object site-wide and ignore the new Cart object completely. That means the benefits Shopify intended to realize will not be realized. I don't think this is the intended effect Shopify was moving towards when they conceived of the Cart object concept.

So, what's the plan here, Shopify?

Does this mean one of:

  • it's a bug and that bug will be addressed.
  • I should continue using the Checkout object for all my customer's cart related needs. (ignoring the new Cart object the team worked hard to implement)


Reply 1 (1)

Shopify Partner
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Scripts apply in the Liquid cart in Shopify themes so it makes no sense that in the storefront api they do not.


It would be great that Shopify clarifies this

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