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Shopify acquires Remix to bolster its storefront design tools

Remix, a startup developing an open source web framework similar to Next.js, has been acquired by Shopify, the companies announced in a joint statement today. The financial terms weren't disclosed, but in a blog post, Remix CEO Michael Jackson said that Remix will receive "long-term backing and support" from Shopify that will allow it to "grow faster" and "sharpen its focus on performance and scalability."

"You’ll be seeing a lot more [of the Remix framework] in the wild, powering some of the largest commercial sites on the web," Jackson said. "In addition, Shopify itself will use Remix across many projects, and you can expect to see more of Shopify’s developer platform include first-class support for Remix over time."

Remix was co-founded by Jackson -- an ex-Twitter engineer -- and Ryan Florence in 2020. The two worked together for years creating open source tools around React, a JavaScript library for building app UIs, before deciding to launch the eponymous Remix framework.

One of Jackson's and Florence's best-known projects is React Router, a library for React, which has been downloaded almost a billion times. Not coincidentally, Shopify originally used React Router to architect Hydrogen, the company's front-end web development framework for building custom Shopify storefronts.

As for Remix, it's a full-stack web framework that's designed to leverage distributed systems and native browser features while abstracting away back-end server tasks. Compatible with public cloud environments, including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Netlify, Vercel and Cloudflare Workers, one of Remix's key features is prefetching -- the framework can prefetch elements of a web page in parallel, including buttons and forms, before a user clicks on a link to minimize page loading.

Prior to the Shopify acquisition, Remix had raised $3 million in seed capital from OSS Capital and angel investors Naval Ravikant, Ram Shriram and Sahil Lavingia.

In a post on the Shopify Engineering blog, Dion Almaer, VP of engineering at Shopify, said that the purchase of Remix will benefit both Shopify developers and merchants by bringing improvements to Hydrogen.

"Remix will continue to be an independent and open-source framework," Almaer said. "Remix will tackle challenges that developers building on Hydrogen have encountered around data loading, routing, and error handling ... Shopify will use Remix across many projects where it makes sense, and you can expect to see more of our developer platform with first-class Remix support over time."

Remix is Shopify's first acquisition since Deliverr, the fulfillment tech provider that the e-commerce giant purchased in May for $2.1 billion. Earlier in the year, Shopify snatched up Dovetail, which helps brands manage influencer marketing campaigns. The company also recently invested in Single, a music and video app used by many businesses on Shopify, following equity pledges in CMS developer Sanity and marketing automation startup Klaviyo.

After a rocky Q2, there are signs that Shopify is beginning to better weather the economic downturn. The company posted smaller-than-expected Q3 losses last week, leading shares to jump as high as 17%.