Integrate with the Invoicing API
The Dashboard is the most common way to create invoices. If you’d like to automate invoice creation, you can integrate with the API. Build a full, working Invoicing integration using our sample integration.
You don’t need to integrate with the Payments API to integrate with the Invoicing API.
Set up Stripe
Use our official libraries for access to the Stripe API:
Create a product
To create a product, enter its name:
Create a price
Prices define how much and how often to charge for products. This includes how much the product costs, what currency to use, and the billing interval (when the price is for a subscription). Like products, if you only have a few prices, it’s preferable to manage them in the Dashboard. Use the unit amount to express prices in the lowest unit of the currency—in this case, cents (10 USD is 1,000 cents, so the unit amount is 1000).
As an alternative, if you don’t need to create a price for your product, you can use the amount parameter during invoice item creation.
To create a price and assign it to the product, pass the product ID, unit amount, and currency. In the following example, the price for the “Gold Special” product is 10 USD:
Create a customer
The Customer object represents the customer purchasing your product. It’s required for creating an invoice. To create a customer with a
description, add the following code replacing the values with your own:
After you create the customer, store the customer
id in your database so that you can use it later. The next step, for example, uses the customer ID to create an invoice.
Create an invoice
Set the collection_method attribute to
send_invoice. For Stripe to mark an invoice as past due, you must add the days_until_due parameter. When you send an invoice, Stripe emails the invoice to the customer with payment instructions.
Then, create an invoice item by passing in the customer
price, and invoice ID
The maximum number of invoice items is 250.
If you set
false, you can continue to modify the invoice until you finalize it. To finalize a draft invoice, use the Dashboard, send it to the customer, or pay it. You can also use the Finalize API:
Send an invoice
Send the invoice to the email address associated with the customer. As soon as the an invoice is sent, Stripe finalizes it. Many jurisdictions consider finalized invoices a legal document making certain fields unalterable. If you send invoices that have already been paid, there’s no reference to the payment in the email.
When you send invoices that have already been paid, the email doesn’t reference the payment. Stripe sends invoices to the email address associated with the customer.