Card readers

A credit card reader or terminal is a device that you can use to accept credit and debit card payments by tapping, inserting, or swiping cards, or by manually entering card information. Card readers are typically small card-swipe devices that plug into your Shopify POS device. An external reader is usually a separate, standalone piece of hardware.

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Accepted card types

Shopify's supported card readers accept payment from all major types of credit card, as well as Debit Mastercard and Visa Debit cards.

In Canada, the Swipe card readers can't accept payment from debit cards that are Interac only (for example, Interac cards that aren't Debit Mastercard or Visa Debit).

If you use an external card reader, then you need to check with your payment processor which card types your terminal accepts.

Choose a card reader

Supported card readers are integrated with Shopify POS, so you can take a payment from Shopify POS, and then the details for the transaction appears in Shopify in the order's Timeline. To use a supported card reader, your store needs to be in a supported country and use a compatible payment provider.

You can also use an unsupported external card reader. You can find an external terminal provider anywhere in the world, and because the payment is processed outside of Shopify, you don't have to set up a specific payment provider in your Shopify admin.

The disadvantages of an external terminal are that you need an account with your terminal provider, and that Shopify shows the payment status of an order but not any transaction details.

Supported card readers for Shopify POS
Card reader Model number Availability Payment processor
Tap & Chip Reader S1801 Canada, United States Shopify Payments
Chip & Swipe Reader N/A United States Shopify Payments
WisePad 3 terminal N/A Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy,Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom Shopify Payments
Chipper 2X BT N/A United States Shopify Payments
Swipe (audio-jack) card reader N/A Canada Shopify Payments or a POS-supported payment provider
External card terminal N/A Anywhere Payment is processed by your terminal provider outside of Shopify.

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