Placing a test order

By placing a test order, you can make sure that your checkout process and settings for order processing, inventory, shipping, and taxes are all correct.

You won't be charged for a test order. Any order that has been canceled and refunded is not paid out or subject to transaction fees. You should place at least one test order during your store setup, or whenever you make changes to your payment settings.

There are two ways to place a test order:

  • Use Shopify's Bogus Gateway to simulate a transaction
  • Use a real payment provider, and then immediately cancel and refund the order.

Place a test order by simulating a transaction

To use Shopify's Bogus Gateway to place a test order:

  1. If you have a credit card payment provider enabled, then deactivate it before continuing. Click Edit, then Deactivate, and then confirm your deactivation:

    Deactivate provider button

  2. You should now see the Accept credit cards section. In that section, click Add a provider.

  3. Select Third party credit card provider, and open the Provider drop-down menu.

  4. Under Other, choose (for testing) Bogus Gateway:

    Gateway dropdown

  5. Click Continue, and then click Activate.

  6. 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:

Name on card Enter Bogus Gateway
Credit card number

Enter each of these in turn to simulate different types of transaction:

  • Enter 1 to simulate a successful transaction
  • Enter 2 to simulate a failed transaction
  • Enter 3 to simulate an Exception (this generates a message indicating that an error has occurred with the provider.)
CVV Enter any 3-digit number (for example, 111.)
Expiry Date Enter any date in the future.
  1. After you're done testing, click Change provider on the Payments page in your Shopify admin to reset your payment provider.

Place a test order with a real transaction

To use a real payment provider to place a test order:

  1. Make sure that you've set up the payment provider that you want to test.

  2. Make a purchase from your store as a customer would, and complete checkout using genuine credit card details.

  3. If you're using a third-party payment provider, then log in to your payment provider to make sure that the funds were processed.

  4. Cancel and refund the order as soon as possible to refund yourself and avoid paying any transaction fees.

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