1. Payment Gateways
  2. Payment gateway integration guide

Read this guide for detailed information on how to integrate Corrily with your payment gateway. In terms of the Price optimization overview diagram, this guide covers steps 7 and 8 (sets up billing to notifies of subscription & charge events). See Pricing page integration guide for help with steps 1 to 5 (views your pricing page to displays calculated price).

Payment gateway overview explains why it’s necessary to integrate Corrily with your payment gateways if you’re doing price experimentation.

The general integration workflow is the same for all payment gateways. When helpful, this guide also provides specific details for the following payment gateways:

  • Stripe
  • Chargebee
  • Recurly
  • Braintree

Payment-gateway-specific sections

Whenever you see a section titled Stripe, Chargebee, Recurly or Braintree, it means that the section contains details for that specific payment gateway. You can skip the sections of the payment gateways that you’re not using. For example, if you’re not using Stripe, you can skip all sections titled Stripe.

Overview

There are 2 key steps in the integration process:

  • Create custom prices in your payment gateway that are correctly associated to your products
  • Notify Corrily of subscription or charge events so that Corrily can improve its pricing optimization (see Payment gateway overview)

Send custom prices to your payment gateway

Many payment gateways were not created with the use case of custom prices in mind. For this reason it may take a bit of customization to get the payment gateway to support a custom price that is correctly associated to a product.

Map smallest-unit currency format to decimal format

Many payment gateways format price in a currency’s smallest unit. Corrily expects all prices to be passed in decimal format. For example, if your payment gateway formats a price as 1234, the value that you need to provide to Corrily might be 12.34. It depends on the currency.

You can avoid this complication by including the integrations argument when you call Corrily’s calculate price endpoint. Corrily’s response will include the price format that your payment gateway expects. For example, if your integrations object is set to ["stripe"], you can access the Stripe-formatted price value at <data>.prices.products.<id>.integrations.stripe.amount, where <data> is the payload from the calculate price response, and <id> is your product ID.

Stripe

There are multiple ways to initiate payments in Stripe. Each of them involves overriding the base amount with a custom price amount and currency provided by Corrily.

What impact does overriding have on the relationship between your Stripe price objects and Stripe products? Overriding base amounts and currencies creates a one-off price object. The one-off price object is still correctly tied to your product. However, it cannot be used in future transactions and you won’t see it in your product’s list of prices on your Stripe dashboard. This means you can experiment with many different price points without ruining your internal Stripe product and price object hierarchy.

The next few sections provide examples of creating custom prices.

Stripe Payment Intent

Python
stripe.PaymentIntent.create(
  amount=response_dict['products']['monthly_plan']['integrations']['stripe']['amount']
  currency=response_dict['products']['monthly_plan']['display']['stripe']['currency']
)

Stripe Subscription

Python
stripe.Subscription.create(
  customer=data['customerId'],
  items=[
    {
      'price': {
        'unit_amount': response_dict['products']['monthly_plan']['integrations']['stripe']['amount']
        'currency': response_dict['products']['monthly_plan']['display']['stripe']['currency'],
        'product': "monthly_plan", # or whatever the matching stripe product ID is
        'recurring': {
          'interval': "month"
        }
      }
    }
  ],
  expand=['latest_invoice.payment_intent'],
)

Stripe Checkout

Python
stripe.checkout.Session.create(
  payment_method_types=['card'],
  line_items=[
   {
    'price_data': {
      'unit_amount': response_dict['products']['monthly_plan']['integrations']['stripe']['amount'],
      'currency': response_dict['products']['monthly_plan']['display']['stripe']['currency'],
      'product_data': {
        'name': 'Stubborn Attachments',
      },
      'recurring': {
        'interval': "month"
      }
    },
    'quantity': 1,
   },
  ],
  mode='payment',
  success_url=YOUR_DOMAIN + '/success.html',
  cancel_url=YOUR_DOMAIN + '/cancel.html',
)

The easiest and recommended way to notify Corrily of subscription and charge events is to grant Corrily automated access to your payment gateway’s webhook events. Email api@corrily.com to get started.

If you’re using Stripe and would like to get your Corrily integration started now, click the Connect with Stripe button to grant Corrily read-only access to your Stripe subscription and charge events.

If for whatever reason you cannot or do not want to grant Corrily automated access, you can manually notify Corrily instead.

Manually notify Corrily of subscription and charge events

Only required when automated access is not an option

If you have granted Corrily automated access to your payment gateway’s webhook events, as explained in the previous section, you can stop here.

“Charge” events is a generic term in this guide

In this guide we use the word “charge” to refer to a non-recurring payment. Different payment gateways use different words for this concept. When reading your payment gateway’s documentation, “charge” may not be the word you’re looking for.

The basic workflow

  • You set up your own webhook server
  • Your webhook server receives subscription and charge events from your payment gateway
  • Your webhook server extracts only the data that Corrily needs and sends it to Corrily via the subscription and charge REST API endpoints

Corrily needs to be notified of subscription AND charge events

Corrily needs to know about charge events because charge events are much closer to realized revenue than subscription events. In other words, charges are more like a realized commitment to pay, whereas subscription events are more like an intent to pay. Getting both signals helps Corrily’s AI models provide more optimal prices for you.

Build a webhook server

See the following docs for more guidance on building a webhook server for your particular payment gateway:

Stripe

Chargebee

Recurly

Braintree

Handle subscription events

Payment gateways emit webhook events over the entire subscription lifecycle. Keeping Corrily up-to-date on important events helps Corrily determine optimal prices for your customers. Examples of important events include:

  • Signing up for a trial
  • Converting to a paying customer
  • Switching to a higher or lower price
  • Canceling a subscription

The following sections detail which events you need to handle, depending on your payment gateway.

Stripe

Chargebee

Recurly

Braintree

Send subscription data to Corrily

Use Corrily’s Create subscription and Update subscription REST API endpoints to send the data from your webhook server to Corrily.

Handle subscription discounts

If you are providing a discount to a user, you should send Corrily the price that the user paid. You should not try to represent the discount with multiple calls to the Corrily API.

Map your payment gateway’s subscription statuses to Corrily’s values

The following tables explain how to map your payment gateways status values to Corrily’s values.

Stripe
Stripe’s valueCorrily’s value
incompletepending
incomplete_expiredpending
trialingtrialing
activeactive
past_dueactive
canceledcanceled
unpaidcanceled
Chargebee
Chargebee’s valueCorrily’s value
futurepending
in_trial trialing
activeactive
non_renewingcanceled
pausedcanceled
canceledcanceled
Recurly
Chargebee’s valueCorrily’s value
futurepending
in_trial trialing
activeactive
expiredcanceled
canceledcanceled

Braintree

Braintree’s valueCorrily’s value
Activeactive
Canceledcanceled
Expiredcanceled
PastDueactive
Pendingpending

Handle charge events

Keeping Corrily up-to-date on important charge events helps Corrily confirm that the price it generated for a visitor was optimal. For example, a new subscription is a slight signal that a price was optimal. When the customer allows their card to be charged for the subscription, that’s further confirmation that the price was optimal.

The following sections detail which charge events you need to handle, depending on your payment gateway.

Stripe

Stripe refers to one-time charge events as invoice events.

Why not use Stripe charges instead?

Stripe invoice events are closer to payments for individual subscriptions than Stripe charges are. In Stripe, charges pay for invoices which may contain payments for more than just a single subscription. If however it’s easier for you to handle charges, you can also look to handle Stripe’s charge.captured, charge.refunded, charge.updated, and charge.succeeded events.

Chargebee

On payment events (which pay for subscriptions) Chargebee sends your webhook server transaction, customer, and subscription objects. The transaction object contains the amount that was paid (or refunded, depending on the transaction type). The transaction object contains the data that needs to be passed to Corrily.

Recurly

Braintree

Send charge data to Corrily

Use Corrily’s Create charge and Update charge REST API endpoints to send the invoice data from your webhook server to Corrily.

Handle charge discounts

If you are providing a discount to a user, you should send Corrily the price that the user paid. You should not try to represent the discount with multiple calls to the Corrily API.

Map your payment gateway’s charge statuses to Corrily’s values

The following tables explain how to map your payment gateways status values to Corrily’s values.

Stripe
Stipe’s valueCorrily’s value
draftpending
openpending
paidsucceeded
uncollectiblefailed
voidfailed
Chargebee
Chargebee’s valueCorrily’s value
in_progresspending
successsucceeded
voidedfailed
failurefailed
timeoutfailed
needs_attentionfailed
Recurly
Recurly’s valueCorrily’s value
pendingpending
processingpending
successsucceeded
chargebacksucceeded
errorfailed
declinedfailed
Braintree
Braintree’s valueCorrily’s value
Braintree::WebhookNotification::Kind::SubscriptionChargedSuccessfullysucceeded
Braintree::WebhookNotification::Kind::SubscriptionChargedUnsuccessfullyfailed