Placing a test order
By placing a test order, you can make sure that your checkout process and settings for order processing, inventory, shipping, email notifications, and taxes are all correct.
You aren't charged for a test order. You should place at least one test order during your store setup, or whenever you make changes to your payment settings.
You can place a test order by simulating a transaction through Shopify's Bogus Gateway, or if you're using Shopify Payments, then you can test your configuration by using Shopify Payments test mode.
You can also use a real payment provider, and then immediately cancel and refund the order. You might be subject to fees from the payment processor that you use.
You can test a payment gateway only if you've chosen a paid plan.
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Place a test order by simulating a transaction
To simulate a transaction on your online checkout, you can set up Shopify's Bogus Gateway. Bogus Gateway is a payment provider that any store can use to create test orders. When Bogus Gateway is active, every order that you create is a test order. The test purchase amount needs to be greater than the equivalent of 1 USD in any currency.
To create an order, you need to enter test payment information at checkout. You can simulate different types of transactions, depending on what information you enter.
- If you have a credit card payment provider enabled, then deactivate it before continuing. Click Manage > Deactivate (this button also shows the name of your payment provider, for example Deactivate Shopify Payments), then confirm your deactivation.
- Do one of the following:
- If you have Shopify Payments enabled:
- In the Shopify payments section, click Manage.
- At the bottom of the page, click Switch to a third-party provider, and then click Switch to a third-party provider again to confirm.
- If you don't have Shopify Payments enabled, then in the Shopify payments section, click See all other providers.
- If Shopify Payments isn't available in your country, then in the Payment providers section, click Choose a provider.
- If you have Shopify Payments enabled:
- Select (for testing) Bogus Gateway from the list.
- Click Activate (for testing) Bogus Gateway.
- Click Save.
- Go to your online store and place an order as a customer would. At checkout, enter the following credit card details instead of genuine numbers:
|Details to enter
|Name on card
|Credit card number
Enter each of these in turn to simulate different types of transaction:
|Enter any 3-digit number (for example,
|Enter any date in the future.
After you're done testing, click Manage next to (for testing) Bogus Gateway in your Shopify admin.
Click Deactivate (for testing) Bogus Gateway to remove this gateway from your checkout.
Place a test order with a real transaction
You can place a test order using a real payment provider, and then immediately cancel and refund the order. You might be subject to fees from the payment processor you use. Some payment processor fees and credit card third-party transaction fees aren't returned to you when you issue a refund.
If you're using a development store, then you can't test using real transactions. For more information, refer to Testing orders in development stores.
- Make sure that you've set up the payment provider that you want to test.
- Make a purchase from your store as a customer would, and complete checkout using genuine credit card details.
- If you're using a third-party payment provider, then log in to your payment provider and make sure that the funds were processed.
- Cancel and refund the order as soon as possible to refund yourself. Any third-party transaction fees that have been charged aren't refunded.
Test order checklist
When testing your order flow, you should test as many scenarios as possible to ensure that your shipping settings, notifications, and fulfillment flows work as expected.
Creating a test order
Consider the following scenarios when you create a test order:
After your test order is placed
After an order is placed, check the following parts of the order: