Subscriptions or Recurring Billing App for django
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Django Subscription

Django-subscription is an application for handling PayPal-based pay
subscriptions. Module does not handle explicit permissions; instead,
subscribed user are automatically added to predefined groups using
`django.contrib.auth' application. It needs django-paypal application
available at [] for handling

Table of Contents
1 Installation
2 Settings
3 Models
    3.1 Subscription
        3.1.1 methods
    3.2 UserSubscription
        3.2.1 methods
    3.3 Transaction
4 Signals
6 URLs
7 Templates
8 Subscription change
9 Example code
10 Bugs and omissions
    10.1 Plans
11 License

1 Installation
  Copy or symlink `subscription/' directory on Python path (`'
  script for automated installation will be supplied later on). Module
  contents are available in the `subscription' module.

  In order to use application, add `subscription' to INSTALLED_APPS in
  Django project `' file.

2 Settings
  should be set to a dictionary with default PayPal button settings,
  as described in django-paypal documentation. At least the `business'
  key should be set to your PayPal business e-mail.

  `SUBSCRIPTION_PAYPAL_FORM' can be set to a form class pathname as
  string to use custom PayPal payment button class.  Default is
  'paypal.standard.forms.PayPalPaymentsForm'.  To use PayPal encrypted
  buttons or shared secrets, specify needed django-paypal settings and
  set an appropriate class here.

  `SUBSCRIPTION_GRACE_PERIOD' is an integer and it specifies number of
  days after individual subscription expiry on which account is
  actually treated as expired.  Default is 2 days.  Intent of this
  setting is that recurring payments take place e.g. monthly, so
  either on last day of subscription period, or even on first day
  after it; this way we avoind unintentionally locking out user

3 Models
  Two models defined by the application are available in the
  `subscription.models' module.

3.1 Subscription
   Main model used by the application is `Subscription'.  It
   represents a single subscription available for users.  Subscription
   has following fields:
   - `name' - short name
   - `description' - longer description
   - `price' - subscription price
   - `recurrence_period' - PayPal subscription recurrence period (used
     only if `recurrence_unit' is not `None')
   - `recurrence_unit' - in what units is recurrence period expressed:
     - D for days
     - W for weeks
     - M for months
     - Y for years
     - None (NULL) for one-time (non-recurring) payment
   - `group' - one to one relation to
     `django.contrib.auth.models.Group'.  Subscription is identified
     by the group.

3.1.1 methods
    - `price_per_day()' - returns estimate subscription price per day,
      as a float.  This value is used to give user that upgrades
      subscription a rebate for unused part of month.  Value is only
      an estimate: average length of month (30.4368 days) and year
      (365.2425 days) are used.
    - `get_pricing_display()' - return pretty pricing info for display
      as a string.

3.2 UserSubscription
   This model instances define a user's subscription.  Model has
   following fields:
   - `user' - one-to-one relation to `auth.User' model, primary key;
   - `subscription' - foreign key relation to `Subscription' model,
     specifies kind of subscription `user' is subscribed to;
   - `expires' - expiry date (if null, subscription never expires)
   - `active' - boolean, True if subscription is active
   - `cancelled' - boolean, True if subscription was cancelled

   Fields `active' and `cancelled' are used for implementing the
   subscription change flow (see later).  Every UserSubscription
   starts with both `active' and `cancelled' set to `False'.  When
   PayPal subscription is confirmed, `active' is set to True.  When
   any other PayPal subscription for the same user is confirmed,
   `active' is set to `False' (because `active' is set to `True' for
   this other subscription, in other UserSubscription instance).  When
   subscription is cancelled at PayPal, `cancelled' is set to `True'.
   When UserSubscription is cancelled and not active, it is deleted.
   When UserSubscription has expired and is cancelled, it is deleted.
   Transition graph of these state bits can be found in
   [file:docs/] (GraphViz source in

   Class field `grace_timedelta' is provided (read-only) and contains
   effective value of `SUBSCRIPTION_GRACE_PERIOD' setting as
   `datetime.timedelta' object.

3.2.1 methods
    - `user_is_group_member()' - returns true if `user' is member of
    - `expired()' - returns true if there is more than
      `SUBSCRIPTION_GRACE_PERIOD' days after `expires' date;
    - `valid()' - returns true if:
      + `expired()' is false and `user_is_group_member()' is false, or
      + `expired()' is true and `user_is_group_member()' is true;
    - `unsubscribe()' - remove `' from `user''s groups
    - `subscribe()' - add `' to `user''s groups
      (called automatically on PayPal one-time payment and
      subscription start);
    - `fix()' - if not `valid()', call `unsubscribe()' or `subscribe()';
    - `extend(timedelta=None)' - extend `expires' field by provided
      `datetime.timedelta', or by `subscription''s recurrence period
      (called automatically on PayPal subscription payments);
    - `try_change(subscription)' - sends `change_check' signal to test
      whether change from `self.subscription' to Subscription object
      supplied in `subscription' parameter is possible.  Returns list
      of reasons why upgrade is denied; if list is empty, upgrade is

    Convenience function `subscription.models.unsubscribe_expired()'
    is also provided.  It loops over all expired `UserSubscription'
    instances and calls `unsubscribe()' method.  It is intended to be
    called automatically from cron, django-cron, or on some event.
    Alternatively, `fix()' can be called on events related to
    user, e.g. on user login.

3.3 Transaction
   `Transaction' model is mostly read-only and is used to view
   subscription-related events in the admin panel. It has following
   - `timestamp' - date and time of event
   - `subscription' - foreign key of `Subscription' model that event
     was related to
   - `user' - foreign key of `django.contrib.auth.models.User' model
     that event was related to
   - `ipn' - foreign key of `paypal.standard.ipn.models.PayPalIPN'
     model identifying payment callback related to event
   - `event' - type of event, one of:
     - new usersubscription
     - one-time payment
     - subscription payment
     - unexpected payment
     - payment flagged
     - deactivated
     - activated
     - unexpected subscription
     - remove subscription
     - cancel subscription
     - unexpected cancel
     - modify subscription
     - subscription expired
     The "unexpected" events are ones that could not be related to any
     specific user/subscription pair.
   - `amount' - amount (`mc_gross') of `ipn'
   - `comment' - site admin's comment, only field intended to be
   In admin panel's `Transaction' object list, fields `subscription',
   `user', `ipn' are links to related modes instance's admin forms.

4 Signals
  On subscription-related events, the application sends signals that
  project code can connect to and do some site-specific things (e.g.
  send a nice e-mail to user).  Signals are available in
  `subscription.signals' package.  All signals have `Subscription'
  instance (or, in extreme cases with `event' signal, `None') as
  sender, and have arguments `ipn'
  (`paypal.standard.ipn.models.PayPalIPN' model instance), `user'
  (`django.contrib.auth.models.User' instance), `subscription'
  (`Subscription' instance or None, same as sender),
  `usersubscription' (`UserSubscription' instance).  Signals are:
  - `signed_up' - user signed up for one-time payment,
  - `subscribed' - user subscribed
  - `unsubscribed' - user unsubscribed from PayPal (`usersubscription'
    is a deleted object if `' is True)
  - `paid' - payment received from a subscription
  - `event' - other strange event, does not receive `usersubscription'
    argument (there is no meaningful `UserSubscription' object) and
    receives additional `event' argument, which may be
    - `unexpected_payment'
    - `flagged'
    - `unexpected_subscription'
    - `unexpected_cancel'
   - `subscription_modify'

  Signal `change_check' is a hook for verification of subscription
  change.  Sender is `UserSubscription' object with user's current
  subscription, additional parameter `subscription' provides
  subscription to change to.  If subscription change is possible,
  listener should return `None', otherwise it should return a string
  describing reason that will be displayed to user.

  Views are available in `subscription.views' module
  - `subscription_list' lists available subscription using
    `subscription/subscription_list.html' template
  - `subscription_detail' presents details of the selected
    subscription (login is required for this view) along with PayPal
    button for subscription or upgrade.

6 URLs
  Module `subscription.urls' configures default urls for module.  This
  - root URL displays `subscription_list' view
  - /id/ (numeric ID) displays `subscription_detail' view for
    Subscription with ID /id/
  - `paypal/' is PayPal IPN URL
  - `done/' displays `subscription/subscription_done.html' template
    and is where successful PayPal transactions for initial
    subscription are redirected
  - `change-done/' displays
    `subscription/subscription_change_done.html' template and is
    where successful PayPal transactions for subscription change are
  - `cancel/' displays `subscription/subscription_cancel.html'
    template and is where cancelled PayPal transactions are redirected

7 Templates
  Templates `subscription/subscription_done.html' and
  `subscription/subscription_cancel.html' receive no context.

  Template `subscription/subscription_change_dane.html' receives
  `cancel_url' parameter, which is URL to PayPal list of transactions
  with site's merchant account, making it easier to cancel the old

  Template `subscription/subscription_list.html' receives
  `object_list' variable which is a list of `Subscription' objects.

  Template `subscription/subscription_detail.html' receives:
  - `object' variable which is a `Subscription' object,
  - `usersubscription' variable, which is current user's active
    `UserSubscription' instance (may be used to tell apart initial
    subscription from subscription change/upgrade, or to display
    current subscription's expiry date),
  - `change_denied_reasons', which is a list of reasons that
    subscription change/upgrade is denied; if false (empty list or
    `None' if user is not subscribed), change or signup is allowed,
  - `form' variable which is a PayPal form for the `object', if
    `change_denied_reasons' is false,
  - `cancel_url', which is URL to PayPal list of transactions with
    site's merchant account, making it easier to cancel the old

8 Subscription change
  Most complex flow in this app is when user wants to change (upgrade)
  current subscription.  For subscriptions we are using PayPal
  standard subscriptions API.  This means, we get three kinds of
  asynchronous IPN notifications:
  - subscr_signup when user signs up for new subscription,
  - subscr_payment on every single payment,
  - subscr_cancel when user or merchant cancels subscription (or
    subscr_eot when time-limited subscription runs out; we treat
    subscr_eot exactly as subscr_cancel).
  When user signs up, we get subscr_signup and subscr_payment for
  first payment, in random order.  There is no support for changing
  running subscription, so user needs to sign up for new subscription
  and cancel old one.

  Events for subscriptions are handled this way:
  - subscr_payment finds UserSubscription object for User and
    Subscription ID specified in the IPN.  If UserSubscription is not
    found, new one is created, which becomes inactive.  Found or new
    UserSubscription object is extended for the next billing period.
  - subscr_signup finds UserSubscription object for User and
    Subscription ID specified in the IPN.  If UserSubscription is not
    found, new one is created.  Found or created UserSubscription is
    set to active, User is added to subscription's group; if user has
    another UserSubscription, they are made inactive and user is
    removed from these Subscription groups.  In effect, on signup the
    new subscription becomes user's only active one, and its group
    only subscription-related group to which user belongs.
  - subscr_cancel finds relevant UserSubscription object.  If it is
    inactive (which means subscription change), removes user from its
    subscription's group, and deletes the UserSubscription.  If it is
    active, does nothing, so user can use up rest of current billing

  So, signup flow is:
  - user clicks in PayPal subscribe button displayed on subscription
    detail page and subscribes at PayPal,
  - subscr_payment extends the UserSubscription,
  - subscr_signup makes the UserSubscription active and uncancelled
    and adds user to group,
  - whichever of those got called first, creates the UserSubscription.

  Cancel flow is:
  - user cancels subscription at PayPal,
  - UserSubscription is active, so it is marked cancelled, kept and
    stays valid until expiry.

  Subscription change flow is:
  - If user is allowed to change subscription, subscription detail page
    displays PayPal subscribe button,
  - user clicks subscribe button and signs up for new subscription at
  - landing page after PayPal transaction displays link to PayPal
    transaction list which user can use to cancel old subscription at
  - user cancels old subscription at PayPal;
  - whichever of subscr_payment or subscr_signup gets called first,
    creates new, inactive, uncancelled UserSubscription instance,
  - subscr_payment extends new UserSubscription instance for next
    billing period,
  - subscr_signup deactivates all active UserSubscriptions and removes
    user from group; then, activates and uncancels new
    UserSubscription and adds user to its subscription's group,
  - subscr_cancel (which gets called after previous two, because user
    needs some time to click through the PayPal forms) finds inactive
    UserSubscription, ensures that user is really not member of group,
    and deletes the UserSubscription object.

  If user makes a mistake and cancels new subscription instead of the
  old one, new subscription goes through "Cancel flow" above, does not
  get deleted, so user has chance to fix things at PayPal.  Project
  should add `signals.unsubscribed' handler that would detect such
  situation (if `usersubscription' parameter is active, and user has
  inactive UserSubscription objects, cancel was probably a mistake)
  and notify user of his mistake.

9 Example code
  Example usage and templates are available as `django-saas-kit'
  project at []

10 Bugs and omissions
  - There is no `' script for automated installation.
  - No support for PayPal PDT; PDT has only presentational value (IPN
    needs to be received anyway, and PDT should be used only to
    display transaction details to user on after transaction landing
    page), so support for it has been intentionally omitted.

10.1 Plans
  - Single payments for subscription, including possibility of
    pay-as-you-go scheme

11 License
  This project is licensed on terms of GPL (GPL-LICENSE.txt) licenses.