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Stripe is the #1 alternative to PayPal and for good reason. It’s an easy-to-setup and completely integrated payment solution for your AppThemes business website.

Unlike PayPal, there are no confusing off-site redirects so the customer checkout experience is seamless. You also own your customer and credit card data so it’s portable and flexible (e.g. you can export it and/or manually initiate charges or credits from within Stripe).

There are no setup, monthly, or hidden fees. You’ll pay only when a transaction is made. Stripe also provides real-time reporting and other payment management features which are far more superior to PayPal. Transfers arrive in your bank account on a 2-day rolling basis. You can also opt to receive transfers weekly or monthly.

Still not convinced? Keep reading for additional benefits and features…


  • SCA compliant
  • Complete theme integration. Customers don’t even know they’re using Stripe.
  • Support recurring payments so you can build your own subscription models within Stripe (theme must support recurring payments).
  • Option to use the Stripe Checkout modal window for a more simplistic checkout experience.
  • Accept payments from Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB, and Diners Club cards.
  • Stripe handles the processing, transmission, and storage of credit card data so you don’t need to worry about PCI compliance.
  • Your customer’s personal information and credit cards are forever saved in Stripe so even if you change themes later, the data is portable.
  • Completely customizable via the wp-admin options page. Include the billing address fields, change the button text, add your own logo, etc.
  • Supports mobile devices and auto complete features for apps like 1Password to pre-fill securely stored credit card data.
  • Validates credit card field inputs and displays the actual credit card brand image once it’s been recognized for a more professional look.
  • Has it’s own API (via WordPress native actions and filters) so 3rd party developers can extend the plugin into their own products.
  • Escrow functionality for Hirebee. View escrow setup documentation.


  • Active Stripe account – It’s easy to sign up. Make sure your country is supported first. See their country support page and confirm before you purchase this plugin.
  • AppThemes product with payments support (all our themes excluding legacy Quality Control and Ideas).
  • Stripe is available in limited currencies. Check their supported currency page to verify your currency is accepted.
  • An SSL certificate for your website (unless you are in test mode). This means https must work correctly. See our FAQ tab for more information.
  • PHP 5.3.3+
  • mbstring, curl, json PHP extensions must be enabled

Note: Images above show the plugin being used with Vantage (not included).

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What themes does this plugin work with?

It will work with all of our themes (excludes legacy themes Quality Control and Ideas).

How much does Stripe charge per transaction?

2.9% + 0.30¢ per successful transaction. This may change in the future so visit their pricing page for the most up-to-date information.

Do I need an SSL certificate?

Yes. In order to transmit credit card information, you need a secure connection. This means you must purchase and install an SSL certificate on your website.

For more details, see the Stripe HTTPS and SSL documentation. Contact your web host provider for information on how to buy and install the SSL certificate. Prices start from $30 per year. They should be able to handle all the technical details for you without charge.

What countries does Stripe support?

Currently it supports only major countries but continues to add more. See which countries are supported and/or sign up to be notified when your country is added.

Which currencies does Stripe support?

Stripe supports many different currencies both for making charges and for transferring to your associated bank accounts, depending on where your business is based. View the list of supported currencies.

Does this plugin support Stripe Checkout?

Yes. So what is Stripe Checkout? It’s a modal window that is displayed on checkout instead of the integrated payment form. Some customers prefer this as it’s simpler to use.

Does this plugin support Stripe Connect?

No, not at this time.

Does this plugin support Bitcoin transactions?

No, not at this time but we plan on adding support in version 2.0.0.

What version of the Stripe API does this plugin support?

As of version 1.3.0, it supports Stripe API version 2017-01-27. You can see the Stripe API change log to understand what has changed since the previous versions. This API version is set via the plugin so the new features will already be supported.

You can also login to your Stripe Dashboard API Keys page and click the “upgrade API button”. Just make sure the version matches 2016-03-07 otherwise the plugin may not work correctly.

I’m a developer. Does this plugin have it’s own API?

Welcome, friend! Yes it certainly does. We use the native WordPress action and filter hooks which allow you to make all sorts of changes. You can trigger workflows after a successful transaction, pass in additional customer metadata to Stripe, insert additional fields on the checkout form, and more!

What fields are passed into Stripe?

Besides the obvious required ones (credit card number and expiration date), we include the following (as of v1.2.0): email address, ip address, first/last name, WordPress username, and WordPress ID. We also include the billing address fields if you opted to have those as well.

Why can’t upgrade to version 1.2.0 with the AppThemes Updater plugin?

If you were a customer prior to version 1.2.0, you’ll need to manually download the plugin from your customer dashboard. This is because the plugin’s folder name was changed due to a conflict with a totally unrelated Stripe plugin on

Please deactivate and then delete your existing Stripe plugin. Then upload and activate version 1.2.0+. The .zip file you upload is still named but it unzips into appthemes-stripe on your server.


Before you can start using Stripe, you’ll need the following items:

  • An existing or new Stripe account.
  • A valid SSL certificate on your web server. Contact your host provider for info on how to buy and install the SSL certificate.

Note: You can actually complete the install guide below and test your site without a valid SSL certificate.

Getting Started

Log in to your Stripe account and in the top right corner, click on “Your account” => “Account settings”.

In the popup window, click on the “API Keys” icon. There you will see your unique API keys which are required for this plugin. Open a new browser window and load up your website.

Upload the plugin via the WordPress admin page.

Once activated, you need to configure the plugin settings.

Scroll to the bottom and enter the API keys from the Stripe website in your other browser window. Tick the “Test Mode” checkbox and then save.

Now go back and complete the general options. Below is our recommended setup for testing.

Before you can begin using Stripe, you need to enable it as a payment method. Go to “Payments” => “Settings” => “Installed Gateways” and tick the “Stripe” checkbox.

Let’s test!

Since your Stripe plugin is in test mode, we recommend performing a test transaction. Of course, your main site should be in maintenance mode or not available to the public during this time so visitors don’t get stuck checking out.

Once you purchase a new ad, business listing, coupon, job listing, etc make sure to select the “Credit Card” option when checking out. That will take you to the Stripe payment page. In this case, we’re using the ClassiPress theme.

From there, enter one of the following ‘testing’ credit card numbers. Use any future expiration date, fake cardholder name, and CVC.

  • Visa: 4242 4242 4242 4242
  • Mastercard: 5555 5555 5555 4444
  • American Express: 3782 822463 10005
  • Discover: 6011 1111 1111 1117

Note: For a full list of test cards and other parameters to test against, see the Stripe testing page.

You should get a successful transaction and see it recorded in both the Stripe dashboard and under your “Payments” => “Orders”. If you also click on the “Customers” sidebar link, you’ll see the new customer created with all relevant details.

Your AppThemes website order history screen.

Wrapping it up

Now that you’ve made a successful test transaction, you’re ready for the big leagues. Go back to the Stripe plugin general options page and uncheck the “Test Mode” checkbox under the “API Keys” section. You’ll also need to tick the “Secure Checkout” checkbox assuming you already purchased and setup your SSL (https) certificate.

Then go back and try another transaction but don’t actually pay for it. Just make sure everything works correctly.

Also, disable any maintenance mode plugins your site was using (if any).

You should then go back to Stripe and enter your bank account and other personal information in their system. That way, you’ll get paid. 🙂

To view any real transactions within Stripe, you’ll need to change to “live mode”. Slide the switch in the top left corner from within the Stripe dashboard.

That should be it!

Good luck with your sales! If you have any questions, please ask our support team in the Stripe forum.


Customer didn’t get created? Transaction didn’t go through?
Visit your Stripe dashboard and view the log section. Click on each log entry to see the details. That should give you more information.

If you still can’t figure it out, make sure to copy that info and include it with a new forum thread (see support tab above for link) so we can better debug things.

Note: If you are not using an AppThemes theme, this plugin will not work.

Please visit the dedicated support forum.

Version 3.0.0 – 2020-12-30


  • Upgraded Stripe API to the new version.
  • Checkout process is SCA compliant now.
  • Upgraded Stripe php lib version to 7.67.0

Version 2.1.0 – 2019-10-04


  • Upgraded Stripe API to the version 2019-08-14
  • Upgraded Stripe PHP lib version to 7.0.2
  • Allow verifying Zip code as well as Address using option “Street Number Verification”


  • Fixed issue with the incorrect Customer ID.
  • Card decline message not appearing.


Version 2.0.1 – 2018-10-16


  • Added Spanish translation.


Version 2.0.0 – 08/15/2018


  • Implemented Stripe Connect (escrow) feature.
  • Updated Stripe API and SDK to the latest versions.


Version 1.3.3 – 11/23/2017


  • Bug when using several cards by a single customer.


Version 1.3.2 – 07/07/2017


  • Modal window option not working
  • Ensure order processed only once

Version 1.3.1 – 02/21/2017


  • Fixed PHP undefined variable notice in appthemes_stripe_customer_args filter. Should fix unable to create customer error some customers had issues with.

Version 1.3.0 – 02/10/2017


  • Resolved a TLS 1.2 error since Stripe no longer supports API requests made with TLS 1.0


  • Reworked how .mo language files are loaded. Check wp-content/languages/ locations. Should be triggered on init.
  • Add appthemes_stripe_before_form_fields & appthemes_stripe_after_form_fields hooks so devs can add content to form (e.g. images, messages, etc)
  • Setup Composer to better manage the Stripe php lib and updates
  • Setup Grunt.js to automate certain tasks
  • Added SASS support to better maintain stylesheets
  • Upgraded Stripe API to the latest version (2017-01-27)
  • Upgraded Stripe php lib from 3.17.0 to 4.4.0 (which also resolved the TLS bug)

Version 1.2.0 – 08/10/2016


  • Fixed the generic field styles so it’s better integrated with each theme
  • Moved left out Stripe error text strings so they can now be translated
  • Added better exception/error handling for the customer experience
  • No longer duplicates credit cards stored on the customer record if same card was used for separate purchases
  • Now updates credit card name and expiration date if the same card was used for separate purchases
  • Billing address fields now saved on the customer card stored in Stripe
  • Renamed plugin folder from `stripe` to `appthemes-stripe` to avoid update conflicts with another Stripe plugin
  • Added a “you are in test mode” message on the front-end to remind site owners to uncheck it before going live


  • Added description text field to display above payment form
  • Added button text field for changing the Stripe button text
  • Added image url text field for Stripe checkout modal option
  • Added address fields option for Stripe checkout modal option
  • Added data-locale=”auto” to display local language for Stripe checkout modal option
  • Added filter (appthemes_stripe_form) to use a different payment form
  • Changed the style of the payment form to support Foundation framework
  • Moved .pot language file into languages dir and load using plugins_loaded hook
  • Added settings, docs, and support links to the plugin page
  • Added admin notices if plugin is in test mode and/or missing API keys
  • Moved environment checks to register_activation_hook() instead of init
  • Moved js and css into new assets folder. Renamed form.js to stripe.js
  • Changed credit card input fields from ‘text’ to ‘tel’ to better support mobile devices
  • Added auto-complete browser support to credit card number and date fields
  • Rewrote js so it’s much more efficient and handles errors more gracefully
  • Added jquery.payment lib for better field validation and error processing
  • Upgraded Stripe API to the latest version (2016-07-06)
  • Upgraded Stripe php lib from 1.17.2 to 3.13.0
  • Removed the CVC and zip code check options since Stripe controls them via their admin panel
  • Adding new customers to Stripe now includes their WordPress ID, name, and IP Address stored as metadata
  • Added new filter appthemes_stripe_customer_args to customize the fields added to Stripe for new customers
  • Added new action appthemes_stripe_add_customer so you can trigger other tasks (e.g. store extra info in db) after customer is created
  • Stripe checkout modal window now uses custom integration which means a better user experience (uses theme button vs Stripe default)
  • Credit card image dynamically appears in the card number field when correct number is entered

Version 1.1.6 – 05/05/2016

  • Forced to use SSL redirect only with enabled option “Secure Connection”

Version 1.1.5 – 02/11/2016

  • Use is_ssl() to detect if a page is SSL. Fixes edge case false negatives

Version 1.1.4 – 12/31/2015

  • Fixed call to undefined method in stripe-modal-form.php

Version 1.1.3 – 12/29/2015

  • Fixed “Fatal error: Call to undefined method APP_Order_Receipt::add_log()””
  • Fix bug where users that made purchases while in test mode had errors when the gateway went to live mode.
  • Added documentation to all Stripe Gateway methods.
  • Updated gateway to fall in line with Stripe API changes.

Version 1.1.2 – 06/03/2015

  • Fixed mistranslated string in POT file
  • Fixed bug with non-set API key during recurring processing

Version 1.1.1 – 11/19/2014

  • Fixed bug where form did not submit via POST.

Version 1.1.0 – 11/14/2014

  • Recurring Payments is now supported.
  • Option added to allow enabling of Stripe Checkout support.

Version 1.0.2 – 02/15/2013

  • API Keys are now trimmed of whitespace before use.
  • Payment form is now displayed below errors.
  • Added more client side error checking to avoid loosing form data to a server-side submit
  • Add Name/CVC/Address checking to add additional security. These can be enabled through the Stripe settings.

Version 1.0.1 – 11/10/2012

  • Plugin now errors and disables itself if the theme does not support AppThemes Payments
  • Translation files are now loaded correctly
  • Errors related to unsupported currencies now work correctly
  • Errors related to invalid card numbers now work correctly

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 Comments (162)

  • peter_a123

    Does this work with Debit Cards in the UK? I seem to be able to process Visa Credit cards but not Visa Debit.

  • staff

    @peter_a123, we’ve responded to your support question in the forum thread you also posted, thanks 🙂

  • john


    Does the plugin work with euro? Im based in ireland & stripe is available here


    • staff

      @john, as mentioned in the product description: “Stripe is currently available in the United States and Canada only”, so it appears it’s not set up to work with euro at this stage. Thanks.

  • mano04

    This plugin accepts payments by credit cards Brazilians?

  • handyandy

    Stripe has been available in the UK for a while now – any news on an update to include and support UK payments for this excellent payment gateway?

    In addition, recurrng payments would be a great feature to add (along with latest API update).

    Thanks for your time.

  • tristan_0123

    I want to integrate this to my vantage site which the new update does support recurring payments. I want this plugin to skip the hassle of signing up for Paypal. Will the billing recur now because of the new vantage update or will it still not?

    • meloniq

      Current version of Stripe payment gateway do not support recurring payments. Recurring payments support is planned for next release of plugin, although release date not yet set.

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  • jamesweb

    been waiting to use this on Vantage, any news on recurring billing and also euro payments? obviously support in UK and Ireland has been around a good while now for stripe so just wondering when this is likely to come for this plugin?

  • john

    Ok I tested this plugin but a couple of issues:

    When I submit the secure payment form after entering credit card details the page just refreshes. No error messages or thank you for payment page. I never got any notification email yet the order went through. I was logged in as admin though if this explains it?

    Also I have “force ssl” enabled yet after payment I clicked on the homepage & it was using https:// and I got a security error. How can I just use ssl for the credit card payment page?


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  • Yumiko

    Just to update these comments, John I see you have posted in the forums where all products are supported and this issue has been resolved. If you continue to have problems please do post in the forums and our team will be happy to assist. Thanks.

  • johnegg

    Thanks yumiko, however the issues mentioned above where not resolved though. Ill use the forum from now on.

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  • rwsgroup

    does it work with HireBee?

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  • jamesweb

    Does it work in Ireland? Stripe has been available in Ireland for some time now so I want to make sure its Irish based?

  • johnegg

    Hi James, as a Kerryman I can confirm it does (kinda) work! 🙂

    Its very basic & will require some css/html restyling but it seems to work so far.


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    • jamesweb

      Cheers John, as a cork man il trust you 😉 The reviews here seem to reflect what you are saying about the styling and basic nature of it. For once it works and people can checkout il give it a shot! cheers man

  • johnegg

    Ha! Ah sure your only over the road. Cool, yeah its best we got at this stage but at least its possible to accept payments.

  • laura1003

    any plans for an update anytime soon? I have posted in the forum with no answer in about a week. this plugin keeps updating itself to the other unrelated stripe plugin (that doesn’t work with vanage). it stays installed properly for about an hour then switches to the other stripe plugin. I have uninstalled and reinstalled but nothing works.

  • Brandon

    Hey guys! It’s almost mid-October, when can we expect recurring payments to work with this plugin? Thanks!

  • utahseopros

    Hey Appthemes 🙂 I really need the recurring payment functionality working as you advertise it to be by Mid-October this year. Can we get an update on this one. We need to launch by November 1st and I need this functionality in place.

    • staff

      @utahseopros, the plugin is just about ready. We had a setback so it’s taking a little longer than planned. We hope to have it ready by the end of the week or next week. Thanks for your patience.

  • silverscreen

    I’m considering buying it and wondering if the Guys that are using it in Ireland would recommend it and whether it would still require some css/html restyling.

    And also has the recurring payment functionality been resolved.


  • blue61em

    What are the requirements for the Stripe plug-in? Does it require an SSL certificate?

    • Tyler Carter

      To use this Stripe plugin you must have a AppThemes Payments-supported product (most of our currently available themes), as well as an active Stripe account.

      In order to be fully PCI compliant, the payment page must be served over https which requires an SSL certificate.

  • staff

    Everyone, we’ve just released Stripe 1.1 which now includes recurring and modal window checkout support. See the release notes tab and new screenshots!

  • sonu

    I think Stripe not works in India ,When you are going to launch payment gateway for India?

  • tradeamillion

    what are the credit card info that stripe store in DB?

  • goitied

    Awesome Plug- in! Escrow system support?

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