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Getting started with Stripe Elements and Stripe Billing to charge a customer for a monthly subscription.
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Set up subscriptions with Stripe Billing

This sample shows how to create a customer and subscribe them to a plan with Stripe Billing. You can find step by step directions in the Set up a Subscription guide.

You can also see a hosted version of the demo in test mode or fork it on Preview of recipe


  • Collect card details 💳
  • Save a card to a customer
  • Subscribe a customer to a plan 💰

How to run locally

This sample includes 6 server implementations in our most popular languages. Follow the steps below to run locally.

1. Clone and configure the sample

The Stripe CLI is the fastest way to clone and configure a sample to run locally.

Using the Stripe CLI

If you haven't already installed the CLI, follow the installation steps in the project README. The CLI is useful for cloning samples and locally testing webhooks and Stripe integrations.

In your terminal shell, run the Stripe CLI command to clone the sample:

stripe samples create set-up-subscriptions

The CLI will walk you through picking your integration type, server and client languages, and configuring your .env config file with your Stripe API keys.

Installing and cloning manually

If you do not want to use the Stripe CLI, you can manually clone and configure the sample:

git clone

Copy the .env.example file into a file named .env in the folder of the server you want to use. For example:

cp .env.example server/node/.env

You will need a Stripe account in order to run the demo. Once you set up your account, go to the Stripe developer dashboard to find your API keys.


STATIC_DIR tells the server where the client files are located and does not need to be modified unless you move the server files.

2. Create Products and Plans on Stripe

This sample requires a Plan ID to create the subscription. Products and Plans are objects on Stripe that you use to model a subscription.

You can create Products and Plans in the Dashboard or with the API. Create a Plan to run this sample and add it to your .env.

3. Follow the server instructions on how to run:

Pick the server language you want and follow the instructions in the server folder README on how to run.

cd server/node # there's a README in this folder with instructions
npm install
npm start


Q: Why did you pick these frameworks?

A: We chose the most minimal framework to convey the key Stripe calls and concepts you need to understand. These demos are meant as an educational tool that helps you roadmap how to integrate Stripe within your own system independent of the framework.

Q: Can you show me how to build X?

A: We are always looking for new recipe ideas, please email with your suggestion!



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