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What is Recurly?

Recurly is the leading pay-as-you-go recurring billing service because setup is easy, integrations are quick, and our service grows with the needs of your business.
Recurly is a tool in the Payment Services category of a tech stack.

Who uses Recurly?

56 companies reportedly use Recurly in their tech stacks, including LinkedIn, Twitch, and Asana.

61 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Recurly.

Recurly Integrations

Mailchimp, PayPal, Salesforce Sales Cloud, KISSmetrics, and Stitch are some of the popular tools that integrate with Recurly. Here's a list of all 27 tools that integrate with Recurly.
Pros of Recurly
Recurring billing
Works with multiple gateways
Supports Value Added Tax
Great support & easy to use
Decisions about Recurly

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

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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Recurly's Features

  • Subscription Plans
  • Account Dashboard
  • Dunning Management
  • Automated Communications
  • Trial Periods + Setup Fees
  • Add-Ons
  • Coupons + Discounts
  • Multiple Subscriptions
  • Virtual Terminal
  • One-Time Transactions
  • Value Added Tax (V.A.T.)
  • Metered Billing
  • Intelligent Payment Routing
  • MailChimp Integration
  • Multi-Currency Support
  • Salesforce Integration
  • Import Customers
  • Javascript Checkout Forms
  • Hosted Payment Pages
  • Push Notifications
  • API Capabilities
  • Gateway Support

Recurly Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Recurly?
Stripe makes it easy for developers to accept credit cards on the web.
Chargify simplifies recurring billing for Web 2.0 and SaaS companies. Build innovative web applications without worrying how to bill your customers.
Stripe Billing
A set of billing and subscription tools for developers and business people. Developers can use out-of-the-box functionality to get started quickly or use the composable API building blocks to design fully customized subscription logic and pricing models. Business people can create and manage subscriptions and invoices—and view detailed financial reports.
Zuora gives you the enterprise-class, cloud-based tools you need to launch and scale any subscription service, quickly and affordably. Design your pricing and packaging, start taking quotes and placing orders, automate your billing and payments, and keep tabs on your financials.
Chargebee is a subscription billing platform that lets you bill, manage and understand your SaaS or subscription based eCommerce business easily.
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