Testing Shopify Payments

To test your Shopify Payments setup, activate the test mode and use test credit cards to simulate payments.

You can test Shopify Payments only if you've chosen a paid plan.

Test mode isn't supported for merchants in France. Instead, merchants in France can place a test order by using the Shopify Bogus Gateway.

Test mode

Test mode is a feature of Shopify Payments. You can use it to test how your customers pay for their orders, and to test how you and your staff process those orders. While test mode is activated, you can't use real credit cards to pay for orders. Some local payment methods, such as Sofort and iDEAL, aren't available in the checkout when test mode is activated. For these reasons, you shouldn't activate test mode on a store that's in production.

The test mode feature isn't available to test payments with Shopify POS card readers, Shop Pay, or Shop Pay Installments.

After you are finished testing Shopify Payments, deactivate test mode so that your customers can pay for their orders using their real credit cards.

If you're not using Shopify Payments and you want to test the checkout process, then you can place a test order by using the Shopify Bogus Gateway.

Activate test mode for Shopify Payments

Before you can create test orders, you need to activate the test mode for Shopify Payments.


  1. From your Shopify admin, go to Settings > Payments.
  2. In the Shopify Payments section, click Manage.
  3. In the Test mode section, select Enable test mode.
  4. Click Save.

Next steps:

You can create orders and then simulate transactions by using a test credit card number. There are test numbers to create successful transactions, failed transactions, and transactions in different currencies.

Simulate successful transactions

To simulate a successful transaction, use the following information when you are asked for credit card details at checkout:

  • Name on card: Enter at least two words.
  • Expiry date: Enter any date in the future.
  • Security code: Enter any four digits to test American Express, and enter any three digits to test all other cards.
  • Card number: Use any of the following numbers:
Simulate a successful transactions with these card numbers
Card typeTest credit number
American Express378282246310005
Diners Club30569309025904

Simulate failed transactions

If you want to view the credit card error messages that might be displayed to a customer during checkout, then you can use these test credit card numbers to simulate different failed transactions:

  • Use credit card number 4000000000000002 to generate a card declined message.
  • Use credit card number 4242424242424241 to generate an incorrect number message.
  • Use credit card number 4000000000000259 to simulate a disputed transaction.
  • Use an invalid expiry month, for example 13, to generate an invalid expiry month message.
  • Use an expiry year in the past to generate an invalid expiry year message.
  • Use a two-digit security code number to generate an invalid security code message.

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