What is Braintree?

Braintree replaces traditional payment gateways and merchant accounts. From one touch payments, to mobile SDKs and international sales, we provide everything you need to start accepting payments today.
Braintree is a tool in the Payment Services category of a tech stack.

Who uses Braintree?

282 companies reportedly use Braintree in their tech stacks, including Uber, Airbnb, and Accenture.

270 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Braintree.

Braintree Integrations

Salesforce Commerce Cloud, Chargebee, Stitch, Vue Storefront, and Airbyte are some of the popular tools that integrate with Braintree. Here's a list of all 31 tools that integrate with Braintree.
Pros of Braintree
Well-designed api
Developer friendly
Easy setup
Excellent documentation
Great support
Can use paypal and debit card
Test it without obligation, great SDK/API and prices
Great API, awesome docs
Decisions about Braintree

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Braintree in their tech stack.

Tim Little
Software Consultant at timlittletech · | 7 upvotes · 102.7K views
Needs advice

Hi there, I am trying to figure out if it's worth creating a Braintree account to do subscription billing in my Shopify store. The goal is to have as little custom code as possible for the store but be able to do subscription billing services, we already have a PayPal business account, but from the looks of it, we can't use PayWhirl directly with Paypal.

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Needs advice

Dear StackShare Community,

I am seeking inspiration on creating a billing & subscription stack and came across this wonderful website and community.

From what I understood so far, I need something like Stripe or Braintree to collect payments without dealing with PCI compliance or setting up merchant accounts, etc... Additionally, services like Chargebee, Recurly, Chargify, etc. are said to make life easier when dealing with recurring billing.

Stated below, I've tried to give you some context on what I want to achieve. I am very curious about your ideas and how you'd configure an optimal stack.

Project context (very high level):

  • Loyalty program for local merchants (stores, restaurants,...).

  • Customers support their community and merchants by shopping local.

  • Merchants grant points to customers based on a customer's value spent in a store, restaurant, etc.

  • Customers can redeem their points at any participating merchant.

Billing / Subscription scenarios to be considered:

(affecting merchants only)

One-time setup fee

  • What: Merchant pays a setup fee by signing up for the service

  • Where: Order placed on the website

Monthly retainer fee

  • What: Merchant pays a monthly recurring retainer for the service.

  • Where: Order placed on the website

Manually initiated payment

  • What: Merchant initiates a payment to top up his virtual points wallet. E.g. pays 100 USD to top up 100000 points which then can be used by the merchant for granting points to customers.

  • Why: Points issued to members need to be paid for by the merchant. We first considered billing the merchants post-ante, e.g. monthly based on the points they've granted to their customers in the last 30 days, but this seems too risky: If they can't / won't pay we'd still have to pay out points to the customers (technically to the merchants where the customers redeem their points). Thus, the pragmatic idea to reduce risk by having the merchants to pre-pay for their points by topping up their balance.

  • Where: Web application (with the merchant logged in)

  • Nice to have: Opt-in for automatically initiated top-ups if a merchant's balance falls below a certain amount.


  • What: After every transaction (setup, retainer, top-up,...), we need to automatically issue and send (E-Mail) an invoice to the merchant.

  • Nice to have: Customer portal with all their invoices.

Other potentially relevant parameters

  • Currency: Only Euro

  • Country: Only Germany (so far)

  • Tax: Only one tax rate

  • Payment for setup & retainer: Credit Card; ideally SEPA Direct Debit (but that still causes headache due to the SEPA regulatory and risk of chargebacks still after weeks), PayPal?

  • Payment for top-up: Same as above plus any other that makes sense (Klarna, Sofort, PayPal...)

Again, thank you very much for sharing your ideas and thoughts! I'd highly appreciate any input :-)

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Braintree's Features

  • Simple pricing with no minimums- Pay only for what you use, with no minimum monthly volume, at the simple US pricing rate of 2.9% + $.30 per transaction.
  • An API developers love- Integrate your app with our API over a cup of coffee.
  • We support your business model- Subscriptions or one-off, mobile or web, local or global, our platform adapts.
  • High-volume pricing plans- Custom pricing for companies processing millions of transactions.
  • Grow across borders- Accept payments in more than 130 currencies worldwide.
  • Incredibly scalable- Unparalleled capacity and availability, plus advanced features like dynamic card descriptors and webhooks.
  • Support- We set the standard for real, knowledgeable, human client support. Try it, and see for yourself.
  • Cash Flow- Get most of your money in just two business days and all of it in four - an important consideration for businesses of all sizes.
  • Portability- No vendor lock-in. In the unlikely event you decide to leave us for another service, you can take your data with you.
  • Going Mobile- We’re the leader in mobile payments with $1bn in annual volume and mobile-specific client libraries.
  • Going Global- We’re available to companies in the US, Canada, Australia, UK and Europe...with more to follow.

Braintree Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Braintree?
Stripe makes it easy for developers to accept credit cards on the web.
PayPal is an online payments and money transfer service that allows you to send money via email, phone, text message or Skype. They offer products to both individuals and businesses alike, including online vendors, auction sites and corporate users. PayPal connects effortlessly to bank accounts and credit cards. PayPal Mobile is one of PayPal’s newest products. It allows you to send payments by text message or by using PayPal’s mobile browser.
A payments technology company that provides a single global platform to accept payments anywhere in the world. Businesses can process payments across online, mobile and in-store (POS) with over 250 payment methods and 187 currencies.
It is an e-commerce credit card payment system management company. Customers process online payments, streamline online fraud management, and simplify payment security.
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