Stripe Android SDK


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Stripe-android makes it easy to collect credit card information without having sensitive details touch your server.

These Stripe Android bindings can be used to generate tokens in your Android application. If you are building an Android application that charges a credit card, you should use stripe-android to make sure you don't pass credit card information to your server (and, so, are PCI compliant).


Android Studio (or Gradle)

No need to clone the repository or download any files -- just add this line to your app's build.gradle inside the dependencies section:

compile 'com.stripe:stripe-android:3.0.1'

Note: We recommend that you don't use compile 'com.stripe:stripe-android:+, as future versions of the SDK may not maintain full backwards compatibility. When such a change occurs, a major version number change will accompany it.


Note - as Google has stopped supporting Eclipse for Android Development, we will no longer be actively testing the project's compatibility within Eclipse. You may still clone and include the library as you would any other Android library project.


If you're planning on optimizing your app with ProGuard, make sure that you exclude the Stripe bindings. You can do this by adding the following to your app's proguard.cfg file:

-keep class com.stripe.** { *; }


Using the CardInputWidget

You can add a widget to your apps that easily handles the UI states for collecting card data.

First, add the CardInputWidget to your layout.


Note: the minimum width for this widget is 320dp. The widget also requires an ID to ensure proper layout on rotation, so if you don't do this, we assign one for you when the object is instantiated.

Once this widget is in your layout, you can read the Card object simply by asking the widget. You'll be given a null object if the card data is invalid according to our client-side checks.

Card cardToSave = mCardInputWidget.getCard();
if (cardToSave == null) {
    mErrorDialogHandler.showError("Invalid Card Data");

Once you have a non-null Card object, you can call createToken.


A publishable key is required to identify your website when communicating with Stripe. Remember to replace the test key with your live key in production.

You can get all your keys from your account page. This tutorial explains this flow in more detail.

new Stripe(context, "YOUR_PUBLISHABLE_KEY");


new Stripe(context).setDefaultPublishableKey("YOUR_PUBLISHABLE_KEY");


createToken converts sensitive card data to a single-use token which you can safely pass to your server to charge the user. The tutorial explains this flow in more detail.

    new Card("4242424242424242", 12, 2013, "123"),

The first argument to createToken is a Card object. A Card contains the following fields:

  • number: card number as a string without any separators, e.g. '4242424242424242'.
  • expMonth: integer representing the card's expiration month, e.g. 12.
  • expYear: integer representing the card's expiration year, e.g. 2013.

The following field is optional but recommended to help prevent fraud:

  • cvc: card security code as a string, e.g. '123'.

The following fields are entirely optional — they cannot result in a token creation failing:

  • name: cardholder name.
  • addressLine1: billing address line 1.
  • addressLine2: billing address line 2.
  • addressCity: billing address city.
  • addressState: billing address state.
  • addressZip: billing zip as a string, e.g. '94301'.
  • addressCountry: billing address country.

The second argument tokenCallback is a callback you provide to handle responses from Stripe. It should send the token to your server for processing onSuccess, and notify the user onError.

Here's a sample implementation of the token callback:

    new TokenCallback() {
        public void onSuccess(Token token) {
            // Send token to your own web service
        public void onError(Exception error) {

createToken is an asynchronous call – it returns immediately and invokes the callback on the UI thread when it receives a response from Stripe's servers.


The createTokenSynchronous method allows you to handle threading on your own, using any IO framework you choose. In particular, you can now create a token using RxJava or an IntentService. Note: do not call this method on the main thread or your app will crash!

RxJava Example

Observable<Token> tokenObservable =
            new Callable<Token>() {
                public Token call() throws Exception {
                    // When executed, this method will conduct i/o on whatever thread it is run on
                    return stripe.createTokenSynchronous(cardToCharge);

            new Action0() {
                public void call() {
                    // Show a progress dialog if you prefer
            new Action0() {
                public void call() {
                    // Close the progress dialog if you opened one
            new Action1<Token>() {
                public void call(Token token) {
                    // Send token to your own web service
            new Action1<Throwable>() {
                public void call(Throwable throwable) {
                    // Tell the user about the error

IntentService Example

You can invoke the following from your code (where cardToSave is some Card object that you have created.)

Intent tokenServiceIntent = TokenIntentService.createTokenIntent(

Your IntentService can then perform the following in its onHandleIntent method.

protected void onHandleIntent(Intent intent) {
    String errorMessage = null;
    Token token = null;
    if (intent != null) {
        String cardNumber = intent.getStringExtra(EXTRA_CARD_NUMBER);
        Integer month = (Integer) intent.getExtras().get(EXTRA_MONTH);
        Integer year = (Integer) intent.getExtras().get(EXTRA_YEAR);
        String cvc = intent.getStringExtra(EXTRA_CVC);
        String publishableKey = intent.getStringExtra(EXTRA_PUBLISHABLE_KEY);
        Card card = new Card(cardNumber, month, year, cvc);
        Stripe stripe = new Stripe();
        try {
            token = stripe.createTokenSynchronous(card, publishableKey);
        } catch (StripeException stripeEx) {
            errorMessage = stripeEx.getLocalizedMessage();
    Intent localIntent = new Intent(TOKEN_ACTION);
    if (token != null) {
        // extract whatever information you want from your Token object
        localIntent.putExtra(STRIPE_CARD_LAST_FOUR, token.getCard().getLast4());
        localIntent.putExtra(STRIPE_CARD_TOKEN_ID, token.getId());
    if (errorMessage != null) {
        localIntent.putExtra(STRIPE_ERROR_MESSAGE, errorMessage);
    // Broadcasts the Intent to receivers in this app.

Registering a local BroadcastReceiver in your activity then allows you to handle the results.

private class TokenBroadcastReceiver extends BroadcastReceiver {

    private TokenBroadcastReceiver() { }

    public void onReceive(Context context, Intent intent) {
        if (intent == null) {
        if (intent.hasExtra(TokenIntentService.STRIPE_ERROR_MESSAGE)) {
            // handle your error!
        if (intent.hasExtra(TokenIntentService.STRIPE_CARD_TOKEN_ID) &&
                intent.hasExtra(TokenIntentService.STRIPE_CARD_LAST_FOUR)) {
                    // handle your resulting token here

Client-side validation helpers

The Card object allows you to validate user input before you send the information to Stripe.


Checks that the number is formatted correctly and passes the Luhn check.


Checks whether or not the expiration date represents an actual month in the future.


Checks whether or not the supplied number could be a valid verification code.


Convenience method to validate card number, expiry date and CVC.

Retrieving information about a token

The bindings for retrieving information about a token has been removed from the Android SDK because only older Stripe accounts (from early 2014) can perform this operation with a public key. If you still need this functionality, make sure to use the last version of the Android bindings that contained this functionality by setting your version in the build.gradle file as follows.

    // Using older bindings to have access to requestToken
    compile 'com.stripe:stripe-android:1.1.1'

Building the example project

  1. Clone the git repository.
  2. Be sure you've installed the Android SDK with API Level 17 and android-support-v4. This is only a requirement for development. Our bindings require the API Level 7 as a minimum at runtime which would work on almost any modern version of Android.
  3. Import the project.
    • For Android Studio, choose Import Project... from the "Welcome to Android Studio" screen. Select the build.gradle file at the top of the stripe-android repository.
    • For Eclipse, import the example and stripe folders into, by using Import -> General -> Existing Projects into Workspace, and browsing to the stripe-android folder.
  4. Build and run the project on your device or in the Android emulator.

The example application ships with a sample publishable key, but if you want to test with your own Stripe account, you can replace the value of PUBLISHABLE_KEY in DependencyHandler with your test key.

Three different ways of creating tokens are shown, with all the Stripe-specific logic needed for each separated into the three controllers, AsyncTaskTokenController, RxTokenController, and IntentServiceTokenController.