Recurly vs Stripe

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Recurly vs Stripe: What are the differences?

Recurly: Subscription Billing. Zen Simplicity. 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; Stripe: Payments for developers. Stripe makes it easy for developers to accept credit cards on the web.

Recurly and Stripe can be primarily classified as "Payment Services" tools.

Some of the features offered by Recurly are:

  • Subscription Plans
  • Account Dashboard
  • Dunning Management

On the other hand, Stripe provides the following key features:

  • Full-stack payments- You don’t need a merchant account or gateway. Stripe handles everything, including storing cards, subscriptions, and direct payouts to your bank account. Stripe.js lets you build your own payment forms while still avoiding PCI requirements.
  • An API that gets out of your way- It’s so easy, we’ve embedded a bunch of examples right here. Copy some of these requests into your terminal and check out what happens. With wrappers in Ruby, PHP, Python and more, you can get started in minutes.
  • Pricing like it should be- 2.9% + 30 cents per successful charge. No setup fees, no monthly fees, no card storage fees, no hidden costs: you only get charged when you earn money.

"Recurring billing" is the primary reason why developers consider Recurly over the competitors, whereas "Easy setup" was stated as the key factor in picking Stripe.

According to the StackShare community, Stripe has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1622 company stacks & 520 developers stacks; compared to Recurly, which is listed in 39 company stacks and 7 developer stacks.

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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.

What is Stripe?

Stripe makes it easy for developers to accept credit cards on the web.
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    What are some alternatives to Recurly and Stripe?
    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
    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
    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 is a subscription billing platform that lets you bill, manage and understand your SaaS or subscription based eCommerce business easily.
    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’s newest products. It allows you to send payments by text message or by using PayPal’s mobile browser.
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    Decisions about Recurly and Stripe
    Adrien Rey-Jarthon
    Adrien Rey-Jarthon
    Founder at updown.io · | 12 upvotes · 62K views
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    Stripe
    Stripe
    PayPal
    PayPal
    BitPay
    BitPay
    #Bitcoin
    #Payments
    #BitcoinCash

    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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    Ajit Parthan
    Ajit Parthan
    CTO at Shaw Academy · | 2 upvotes · 16K views
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    Stripe
    Stripe
    Chargebee
    Chargebee
    Recurly
    Recurly
    #Paymentgatewayintegration

    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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    Tom Klein
    Tom Klein
    CEO at Gentlent · | 9 upvotes · 107K views
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    Google Analytics
    Google Analytics
    Postman
    Postman
    Stack Overflow
    Stack Overflow
    Google Drive
    Google Drive
    Google Maps
    Google Maps
    CloudFlare
    CloudFlare
    Stripe
    Stripe
    PayPal
    PayPal
    Twilio
    Twilio
    Let's Encrypt
    Let's Encrypt
    TensorFlow
    TensorFlow

    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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    Reviews of Recurly and Stripe
    Review ofStripeStripe

    Stripe has been developed for web users not by banks just moving bank apps to web. Their APIs are easy to use and understandable and they have support for lots of languages.

    They are also incredibly flexible and it's possible to do things with Stripe that other providers don't allow (for example implementing annual billing it's difficult to get authorisation as a start-up - even if it's only $20 a month, that's $240 annually which means there's a year to charge-back - so implement it as a one off payment, which does mean doing annual billing yourself, but there's a year to get it right).

    They also have fantastic start-up deals (if you know the right accelerator or other provider) easy to get transaction fees waived.

    They also have engineers at hand to help you with any issues, who actually know the product.

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    The Meteor Chef
    Review ofRecurlyRecurly

    Overall I've enjoyed working with Recurly, however, their XML only API response produced some headaches/delays in a Node-based (Meteor) project. Conversion of the XML worked, but the way responses were formed wasn't always consistent (e.g. for error handling) resulting in a lot of extra work.

    The product is pretty good, but this XML issue along with improved API documentation would make it great.

    Review ofStripeStripe

    I love Stripe. They were super, super easy to set up — it was less than 5 minutes and I could already put test payments through my app! They take a huge chunk off of small transactions (if you're only charging $3, you only get $2.61), so they kind of make you raise prices on small fees. However, I love not having to worry about security or managing anything, just getting paid!

    How developers use Recurly and Stripe
    Avatar of Volkan Özçelik
    Volkan Özçelik uses StripeStripe

    Integrating Stripe to your app is dead simple.

    It removes all the hassle of integrating with a payment gateway.

    Its API is developer-friendly and intuitive, reliable, and works all the time.

    It’s my payment gateway of choice.

    Avatar of Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
    Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) uses StripeStripe

    Stripe is used as one of our payment-gateways included in our shop-solution. We only use the credit-card features of it and don't accept any bitcoins (yet).

    Avatar of Refractal
    Refractal uses StripeStripe

    Payments? Stripe. There's pretty much no other option that's as easy or pretty to work with out of the box, you just plug it in and watch the fireworks.

    Avatar of AngeloR
    AngeloR uses StripeStripe

    CC handler for our membership system. It was an easy choice for how quickly we were able to implement it, as well as the disputed payment process.

    Avatar of Pathwright
    Pathwright uses StripeStripe

    We started with PayPal initially, but Stripe appeared and made our lives much easier. They are now our primary payment service.

    Avatar of Frontify-0
    Frontify-0 uses RecurlyRecurly

    We use Recurly for recurring subscription management and payments.

    Avatar of Sail Tactics
    Sail Tactics uses RecurlyRecurly

    Recurring subscription payments

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