Third-party payment gateways

If you're not using Shopify Payments and you want to accept credit cards, you can choose from over 70 ecommerce payment gateways for your Shopify store.


You'll be charged transaction fees each time a customer makes a purchase using a third-party gateway, unless you also activate Shopify Payments.

Shopify supports two different types of payment gateway: direct gateways and external gateways. If you're using a direct gateway, your customers can complete their purchases directly on your online store without having to pay at a third-party checkout. If you're using an external gateway, your customers must complete their purchases on a checkout page that's hosted outside of your online store.


Not sure if your payment gateway is a direct gateway or an external gateway? Check the list of commonly used direct and external gateways.

You can activate or change a payment gateway from the Payments page of your admin.

Activate a payment gateway

To activate a gateway:

  1. From your Shopify admin, click Settings, then click Payments (or press G S P).

  2. In the Accept credit cards section, click Select a credit card gateway, then choose from the drop-down list.

  3. Follow the in-admin setup instructions for that payment gateway.


If you're based in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom, or Australia, then you can use Shopify Payments to accept payment by credit card. It is not available to US territories except Puerto Rico.

Change your payment gateway

To use a different credit card payment gateway:

  1. From your Shopify admin, click Settings, then click Payments (or press G S P).

  2. Find the Accept Payments section, then click Edit, followed by Change gateway.

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  3. If you are using an active payment gateway, disable it now by clicking Disable.

  4. Select another payment gateway from the drop-down menu.

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  5. A panel will appear where you can enter your access details.

  6. Click Activate.

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Add a payment gateway using ActiveMerchant

We're no longer accepting new gateways into Shopify using ActiveMerchant. The GitHub project is still free and available to developers who want to use it with other projects.

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