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Alternatives to Recurly

Stripe, Chargify, Stripe Billing, Zuora, and Chargebee are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Recurly.
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What is Recurly and what are its top alternatives?

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.

Top Alternatives to Recurly

  • Stripe

    Stripe

    Stripe makes it easy for developers to accept credit cards on the web.

  • Chargify

    Chargify

    Chargify simplifies recurring billing for Web 2.0 and SaaS companies. Build innovative web applications without worrying how to bill your customers. ...

  • Stripe Billing

    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鈥攁nd view detailed financial reports. ...

  • Zuora

    Zuora

    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

    Chargebee

    Chargebee is a subscription billing platform that lets you bill, manage and understand your SaaS or subscription based eCommerce business easily. ...

  • ReCharge

    ReCharge

    It is the shopify subscription solution for online businesses. It makes it easy to transform one-time products into subscription options. It was built with the goal of making payments easy for customers. This was primarily by looking for ways for customers to reorder products ...

  • Braintree

    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. ...

  • PayPal

    PayPal

    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鈥檚 newest products. It allows you to send payments by text message or by using PayPal鈥檚 mobile browser. ...

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Stripe logo

Stripe

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Payments for developers
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PROS OF STRIPE
  • 299
    Easy setup
  • 291
    Developer friendly
  • 248
    Well-designed api
  • 191
    Great documentation
  • 171
    Clear pricing
  • 75
    Secure
  • 74
    Reliable
  • 63
    Full integration with webhooks
  • 43
    Amazing api
  • 38
    Great customer support
  • 11
    Easy
  • 6
    Credit cards never hit your server - no pci worries
  • 4
    No merchant account/gateway required
  • 2
    Support for SCA (Strong Customer Authentication)
  • 2
    BitCoin
  • 2
    Great app
  • 2
    Fast UI
  • 2
    Easy to integrate
  • 2
    Recurring billing
  • 1
    Beautiful
  • 1
    Checkout.js
  • 1
    Great UI
  • 1
    So easy to use
  • 1
    Payments without own backend (using Stripe Products)
CONS OF STRIPE
  • 3
    Connect
  • 2
    They keep 25% of the income for 60 days
  • 1
    Does NOT have a currency conversion option like Paypal
  • 1
    CANNOT withdraw USD to a Canadian Bank Account

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Adrien Rey-Jarthon
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To accept payments on updown.io, we first added support for Stripe which is by far the most popular payment gateway for startups and for a good reason. Their service is of awesome quality: the UI is gorgeous, the integration is easy, the documentation is great, the API is super stable and well thought. I can't recommend it enough.

We then added support for PayPal which is pretty popular for people who have money on it and don't know where to spend it (it can make it feel like you're spending less when it comes from PayPal wallet), or for people who prefer not to enter a credit card on a new website. This was pretty well received and we're currently receiving about 25% of our purchases from PayPal. The documentation and integration is much more painful than with Stripe IMO, I can't recommend them for that, but not having it is basically dodging potential sales.

Finally we more recently added support of BitPay for #Bitcoin and BitcoinCash payments, which was a pretty easy process but not worth the time in the end due to the low usage and the always changing conditions of the network: the transaction fees got huge after price raise and bitcoin because unusable for small payments, they then introduced support for BCH and a newer Bitcoin protocol for lower fees, but then you need a special wallet to pay and in the end it's too cumbersome, even for bitcoin users, to pay with it. I think unless you expect a bit number of payments using cryptocurrencies it's not worth implementing this solution, and better to accept them manually.

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Tom Klein

Google Analytics is a great tool to analyze your traffic. To debug our software and ask questions, we love to use Postman and Stack Overflow. Google Drive helps our team to share documents. We're able to build our great products through the APIs by Google Maps, CloudFlare, Stripe, PayPal, Twilio, Let's Encrypt, and TensorFlow.

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Chargify logo

Chargify

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Easily Manage Your Recurring Revenue Business
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      related Chargify posts

      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.

      Invoicing

      • 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 :-)

      See more
      Stripe Billing logo

      Stripe Billing

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      A set of tools for billing and subscriptions
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          Tim Nolet

          Stripe Stripe Billing Vue.js

          When I started building a SaaS from scratch, I adopted the Stripe Billing product for managing plans and subscriptions. At that moment (roughly a year ago) I did not fully realise that this was a new addition to the Stripe product line.

          One year down the road, I can write this decision and support it with technical details on how I implemented Stripe Billing and integrated it with the Checkly backend.

          Key takeaways are:

          • Keep coupling minimal. I hardcode our pricing and plans into the pricing page.

          • Choose good ID's and a good structure to segment product and pricing. This enables grandfathering customers and adding ad hoc new products.

          • Use one or two webhooks to keep things in sync. We use just one webhook.

          See all details with code examples in the linked blog post.

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          Zuora logo

          Zuora

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          Billing, Commerce & Finance to Power your Subscription Business
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          PROS OF ZUORA
          • 1
            Recurring billing
          • 1
            Well documented API
          • 1
            Reliable
          • 1
            Extensive Documentation
          CONS OF ZUORA
          • 1
            Pricing

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          Chargebee

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          Lets you bill, manage and understand your SaaS or subscription based eCommerce business easily.
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              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.

              Invoicing

              • 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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              Ajit Parthan

              Running a subscription service with just direct calls to Stripe or similar payment gateways is possible but also needs dedicated person(s) for decent amount of development and maintenance.

              Plus features like updating card details, invoice history - all these can be built. Again, more dev work and resources.

              Use of subscription platform like Chargebee or Recurly is definitely a great help here.

              Chargebee offered a simple pay-as-you-go transparent pricing and almost trivial signup process.

              #Paymentgatewayintegration

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              ReCharge logo

              ReCharge

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              A solution for e-commerce stores for recurring billing and subscriptions
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                  Braintree logo

                  Braintree

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                  Accept payments in your app or website today
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                  PROS OF BRAINTREE
                  • 24
                    Well-designed api
                  • 19
                    Developer friendly
                  • 17
                    Easy setup
                  • 14
                    Reliable
                  • 6
                    Excellent documentation
                  • 4
                    Great support
                  • 3
                    Can use paypal and debit card
                  • 2
                    Test it without obligation, great SDK/API and prices
                  • 1
                    Great API, awesome docs
                  CONS OF BRAINTREE
                  • 1
                    Lacking documentation for mobile integrations

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                  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.

                  Invoicing

                  • 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 :-)

                  See more
                  Tim Little
                  Software Consultant at timlittletech | 5 upvotes 路 6.7K views

                  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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                  PayPal logo

                  PayPal

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                  PROS OF PAYPAL
                  • 194
                    Most known service
                  • 134
                    Consumers know it
                  • 111
                    It's available for many countries
                  • 67
                    Easy
                  • 54
                    Best way to get paid outside US
                  • 34
                    Most widely used payment processor
                  • 24
                    Express Checkout
                  • 15
                    Consumers trust it
                  • 14
                    Flexible and secure
                  • 6
                    Digital Goods for Express Checkout
                  • 0
                    PayPal
                  CONS OF PAYPAL
                  • 1
                    Not well written recurring payment api
                  • 1
                    Less countries supported
                  • 1
                    Harder to get started with

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                  Adrien Rey-Jarthon
                  Shared insights
                  on
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                  To accept payments on updown.io, we first added support for Stripe which is by far the most popular payment gateway for startups and for a good reason. Their service is of awesome quality: the UI is gorgeous, the integration is easy, the documentation is great, the API is super stable and well thought. I can't recommend it enough.

                  We then added support for PayPal which is pretty popular for people who have money on it and don't know where to spend it (it can make it feel like you're spending less when it comes from PayPal wallet), or for people who prefer not to enter a credit card on a new website. This was pretty well received and we're currently receiving about 25% of our purchases from PayPal. The documentation and integration is much more painful than with Stripe IMO, I can't recommend them for that, but not having it is basically dodging potential sales.

                  Finally we more recently added support of BitPay for #Bitcoin and BitcoinCash payments, which was a pretty easy process but not worth the time in the end due to the low usage and the always changing conditions of the network: the transaction fees got huge after price raise and bitcoin because unusable for small payments, they then introduced support for BCH and a newer Bitcoin protocol for lower fees, but then you need a special wallet to pay and in the end it's too cumbersome, even for bitcoin users, to pay with it. I think unless you expect a bit number of payments using cryptocurrencies it's not worth implementing this solution, and better to accept them manually.

                  See more
                  Tom Klein

                  Google Analytics is a great tool to analyze your traffic. To debug our software and ask questions, we love to use Postman and Stack Overflow. Google Drive helps our team to share documents. We're able to build our great products through the APIs by Google Maps, CloudFlare, Stripe, PayPal, Twilio, Let's Encrypt, and TensorFlow.

                  See more