Unable to create THEME VIA API

New Member
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Hi guys, 

I am trying to create a theme using the REST API using the formatted payload found in the docs however, unable to create the theme with a ZIP File. I have many stores so i'm using the public app to publish it to all the stores. The following error i am getting back via Laravel(Php).  I ensured the method is POST and the end point is /admin/themes.json. I have tried using different REST Clients and still getting no joy. 



[errors] => stdClass Object
[src] => Array
[0] => execution expired




The following payload is provided. 



  "theme": {
    "name": "mytheme",
    "src": "https://40d77ea1.ngrok.io/repos/theme.zip",
    "role": "main"

If i don't provide a src path the the theme is created however, it will just be a blank theme with no files. 



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Shopify Staff
Shopify Staff
1134 82 213

Hey there, 


Do you have a test store that you could use to test uploading the theme after hosting it elsewhere (somewhere public, maybe Dropbox)? I have a sneaking suspicion that having the file hosted locally is the culprit here, but the only way to know for sure would be to try hosting your file elsewhere.


Let me know how it goes! 

Josh | Shopify 
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Shopify Partner
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Hey there,

I'm facing the same problem.

Have you found out what was the issue?

Shopify Partner
50 1 13

Hi @Josh,

Same problem for me. I stored the zip file in public hosting. When I paste the URL of the zip file into the browser, the browser downloaded my zip file easily. It seems there is a problem IF the app's status is "DRAFT". But I need to work on my app in the development store before releasing the app. Do you have any idea about this problem?

David Kean
CoFounder at Boostheme team