Subscriptions

Create subscriptions to bill customers at regular intervals

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You can use our flexible APIs to create a subscription to fit your business needs. Learn about the features you can use to plan your subscription model and customize this integration, for example:

How it works

You can configure Subscriptions with a PayPal account or credit or debit card. You can also host the subscription experience on the merchant site.

Subscriber flow with a PayPal account

Buyer consent flow with a PayPal account

  1. Buyer clicks Subscribe.
  2. Buyer logs in to PayPal.
  3. Buyer agrees to the subscription terms and subscribes.
  4. Buyer is redirected to the merchant page.

Subscriber flow with no PayPal account

There are two ways for a buyer to sign up for a subscription without using a PayPal account:

  • Guest user flow using a debit or credit card
  • Direct card flow

Guest user flow using a debit or credit card

Buyer consent flow with no PayPal account

  1. Buyer clicks Create and Subscribe.
  2. Buyer enters card details, agrees to the subscription terms and subscribes either as a guest or by creating a PayPal account.
  3. Buyer is redirected to the merchant page.

Note: Guest subscription using a credit or debit card is supported only in US and CA at this time.

Direct card flow

  1. Merchant hosts the experience to collect card details.
  2. Buyer enters card details and subscribes.
  3. Buyer sees confirmation on merchant page.

Note: To become eligible to accept direct card payments for subscriptions, complete onboarding. Direct card payments are available only for non-3DS cards and for merchants in the US and AU at this time.

Eligibility

Subscriptions is available in multiple countries.

Integration methods

Method Description
Subscriptions REST API Customize Subscriptions to fit into your product UI.
PayPal Business account dashboard Recommended if you don't need to integrate Subscriptions into your product UI.