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Stripe Python Library

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The Stripe Python library provides convenient access to the Stripe API from applications written in the Python language. It includes a pre-defined set of classes for API resources that initialize themselves dynamically from API responses which makes it compatible with a wide range of versions of the Stripe API.


See the Python API docs.


You don't need this source code unless you want to modify the package. If you just want to use the package, just run:

pip install --upgrade stripe

Install from source with:

python install


  • Python 2.7+ or Python 3.4+ (PyPy supported)


The library needs to be configured with your account's secret key which is available in your Stripe Dashboard. Set stripe.api_key to its value:

import stripe
stripe.api_key = "sk_test_..."

# list customers
customers = stripe.Customer.list()

# print the first customer's email

# retrieve specific Customer
customer = stripe.Customer.retrieve("cus_123456789")

# print that customer's email

Handling exceptions

Unsuccessful requests raise exceptions. The class of the exception will reflect the sort of error that occurred. Please see the Api Reference for a description of the error classes you should handle, and for information on how to inspect these errors.

Per-request Configuration

Configure individual requests with keyword arguments. For example, you can make requests with a specific Stripe Version or as a connected account:

import stripe

# list customers

# retrieve single customer

Configuring a Client

The library can be configured to use urlfetch, requests, pycurl, or urllib2 with stripe.default_http_client:

client = stripe.http_client.UrlFetchClient()
client = stripe.http_client.RequestsClient()
client = stripe.http_client.PycurlClient()
client = stripe.http_client.Urllib2Client()
stripe.default_http_client = client

Without a configured client, by default the library will attempt to load libraries in the order above (i.e. urlfetch is preferred with urllib2 used as a last resort). We usually recommend that people use requests.

Configuring a Proxy

A proxy can be configured with stripe.proxy:

stripe.proxy = ""

Configuring Automatic Retries

You can enable automatic retries on requests that fail due to a transient problem by configuring the maximum number of retries:

stripe.max_network_retries = 2

Various errors can trigger a retry, like a connection error or a timeout, and also certain API responses like HTTP status 409 Conflict.

Idempotency keys are automatically generated and added to requests, when not given, to guarantee that retries are safe.


The library can be configured to emit logging that will give you better insight into what it's doing. The info logging level is usually most appropriate for production use, but debug is also available for more verbosity.

There are a few options for enabling it:

  1. Set the environment variable STRIPE_LOG to the value debug or info

    $ export STRIPE_LOG=debug
  2. Set stripe.log:

    import stripe
    stripe.log = 'debug'
  3. Enable it through Python's logging module:

    import logging

Writing a Plugin

If you're writing a plugin that uses the library, we'd appreciate it if you identified using stripe.set_app_info():

stripe.set_app_info("MyAwesomePlugin", version="1.2.34", url="")

This information is passed along when the library makes calls to the Stripe API.

Request latency telemetry

By default, the library sends request latency telemetry to Stripe. These numbers help Stripe improve the overall latency of its API for all users.

You can disable this behavior if you prefer:

stripe.enable_telemetry = False


The test suite depends on stripe-mock, so make sure to fetch and run it from a background terminal (stripe-mock's README also contains instructions for installing via Homebrew and other methods):

go get -u

Run the following command to set up the development virtualenv:


Run all tests on all supported Python versions:

make test

Run all tests for a specific Python version (modify -e according to your Python target):

TOX_ARGS="-e py37" make test

Run all tests in a single file:

TOX_ARGS="-e py37 -- tests/api_resources/abstract/" make test

Run a single test suite:

TOX_ARGS="-e py37 -- tests/api_resources/abstract/" make test

Run a single test:

TOX_ARGS="-e py37 -- tests/api_resources/abstract/" make test

Run the linter with:

make lint

The library uses Black for code formatting. Code must be formatted with Black before PRs are submitted, otherwise CI will fail. Run the formatter with:

make fmt
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