Payment Gateways

With Craft Commerce, payments gateways are provided by Craft CMS plugins.

To create a payment gateway you must install the appropriate plugin, navigate to Commerce → Settings → Gateways, and set up the appropriate gateway. For more detailed instructions, see each plugin’s file.

Payment gateways generally fit in one of two categories:

  • External or offsite gateways.
  • Merchant-hosted or onsite gateways.

Merchant-hosted gateways collect the customer’s credit card details directly on your site, but have much stricter requirements such as an SSL certificate for your server. You will also be subject to much more rigorous security requirements under the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard). These security requirements are your responsibility, but some gateways allow payment card tokenization.

# First-Party Gateway Plugins

Plugin Gateways Remarks 3D Secure Support
craftcms/commerce-stripe Stripe Uses Stripe SDK; only first-party gateway to support subscriptions Yes
craftcms/commerce-paypal PayPal Pro; PayPal REST; PayPal Express PayPal REST supports storing payment information Only PayPal Express
craftcms/commerce-sagepay SagePay Direct; SagePay Server SagePay Direct requires setting up webhooks Yes
craftcms/commerce-multisafepay MultiSafePay REST Does not support authorize charges Yes
craftcms/commerce-worldpay Worldpay JSON - No
craftcms/commerce-eway eWAY Rapid Supports storing payment information Yes
craftcms/commerce-mollie Mollie Does not support authorize charges Yes

# Dummy Gateway

After installation, Craft Commerce will install some demo products and a basic config along with a Dummy payment gateway for testing.

This dummy gateway driver is only for testing with placeholder credit card numbers. A valid card number ending in an even digit will get a successful response. If the last digit is an odd number, the driver will return a generic failure response:

4242424242424242 ✓ Success
4444333322221111 ✗ Failure

# Manual Gateway

The manual payment gateway is a special gateway that does not communicate with any third party.

You should use the manual payment gateway to accept checks or bank deposits: it simply authorizes all payments allowing the order to proceed. Once the payment is received, the payment can be manually marked as captured in the control panel.

# Other gateway specifics

Before using a plugin-provided gateway, consult the plugin’s readme for specifics pertaining to the gateway.

# Adding additional gateways

Additional payment gateways can be added to Commerce with relatively little work. The first-party gateway plugins, with the exception of Stripe, use the Omnipay payment library and can be used as point of reference when creating your own.

# Storing config outside of the database

If you do not wish to store your payment gateway config information in the database (which could include secret API keys), you can override the values of a payment method’s setting via the commerce-gateways.php config file. Use the payment gateway’s handle as the key to the config for that payment method.


The gateway must be set up in the control panel in order to reference its handle in the config file.

return [
  'myStripeGateway' => [
    'apiKey' => getenv('STRIPE_API_KEY'),

# Payment sources

Craft Commerce supports storing payment sources for select gateways. Storing a payment source allows for a more streamlined shopping experience for your customers.

The following first-party provided gateways support payment sources:

  • Stripe
  • PayPal REST
  • eWAY Rapid

# 3D Secure payments

3D Secure payments add another authentication step for payments. If a payment has been completed using 3D Secure authentication, the liability for fraudulent charges is shifted from the merchant to the card issuer. Support for this feature depends on the gateway used and its settings.

# Partial refunds

All first-party provided gateways support partial refunds as of Commerce 2.0.