When Chargify originally announced support for customers to pay with PayPal, it was limited to the Chargify-hosted Public Signup and Self-Service pages. If you are using Braintree Blue as your gateway, you can check a box, and your customers will have the option to either pay with a credit card or with PayPal. Recently, the ability to accept PayPal with Chargify Direct was added. Let’s see how it works.
You’ll need these things before we begin:
- A Chargify account. Sign up for a free Developer account if you don’t already have one.
- A Braintree Blue Sandbox account for testing. Sign up here if you don’t already have one.
- A reasonable comfort level with developing web applications in your language/framework of choice.
- A basic understanding of Chargify Direct. Read this introduction and take a look at the Ruby Sinatra example app.
To create new subscriptions that are paid with PayPal using Chargify Direct, you will need to design your own signup form and include the Braintree widget. The widget is what displays the blue PayPal button and the pop-up that your customers will use to authenticate and then authorize the recurring transactions.
Here’s what the PayPal flow looks like on a Public Signup Page:
I found these articles helpful when I was creating my example application:
In addition to the usual name, address and email fields, the page needs these additional things:
Note that you can optionally set the locale if you would like the PayPal popup to appear in a certain language.
Note that the client token needs to be generated. This is explained in the Braintree articles linked above.
Place this where you want the PayPal button to appear. Note that the
id of the
<div> needs to match what you configured as the
container in the
And then add the (hidden) fields to your signup form.
Make sure that the fields are named exactly
signup[payment_profile][payment_type] and that the latter has a value of
paypal_account, like this:
id of the field for the nonce needs to match the value for the
paymentMethodNonceInputField in the
When the form submits, all of the form fields including the hidden ones will be sent to Chargify and used to create the new subscription.
The customer navigates to your page, fills out the form, authenticates with PayPal, authorizes the payment, and submits the form (direct to Chargify). Chargify processes it, creates a subscription, and redirects the customer back to your website.
There is a second endpoint in Chargify Direct called
card_update. Despite the name, it also works for updating PayPal type payment profiles if you include the PayPal widget and the form fields as above.
I hope that helps you get started accepting PayPal with Chargify Direct! If you need more help and you have a paid account with Chargify, you can open a support ticket with them. Otherwise, if you’re on the free Developer plan, the best place to ask is on Stack Overflow.