Third-party credit card gateways

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

Note

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

Shopify supports two different types of credit card gateways: 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.

Tip

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 credit card gateway

To activate a credit card gateway:

  1. In the Accept credit cards section, click Add a provider:

    Add cc provider

    Note

    If you already have a gateway enabled, then click Change provider instead.

  2. In the Change provider dialog, select Third party credit card provider:

    Select third party provider

  3. Select the gateway you want to use from the drop-down menu, and then click Continue.

  4. Enter your account credentials for the gateway you selected.

  5. Click Activate.

Note

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 credit card gateway

To use a different credit card gateway:

  1. Click Change provider:

    Change existing cc provider

  2. In the Change provider dialog, select Third party credit card provider:

    Select third party provider
  3. Select the gateway you want to use from the drop-down, then click Continue.

  4. Fill out your account credentials for the gateway you selected.

  5. Click Activate.

The payment gateway you selected will now be active on your store.

Add a payment gateway using ActiveMerchant

We're no longer accepting new payment 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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