Volcano is an API-first billing solution that is capable of interfacing with a variety of payment gateways. Volcano offers both a robust, RESTful API as well as a fully-featured front-end control panel.
Volcano is meant to be a flexible, gateway-agnostic billing system. The system can be setup with one or more sellers, each of which has its own set of configurable products and customer base. Volcano's core elements include sellers, customers, products, product options, product fees, orders and transactions. Current goals for the project include additional features for these core elements and new light-weight CRM tools such as customer support ticket management.
Volcano is built on top of the FuelPHP framework. The app is designed with multitenancy in mind and heavily leverages the adapter pattern for multi-gateway support and the service pattern for the core structure that powers both the API and front-end control panel. Additionally, both the API and control panel use the same core validation classes.
Volcano supports event-based callbacks. For example, Volcano can POST data to an external callback URL when a new customer is created. This allows 3rd party apps to handle their own email product messaging and feature ACL. Event callbacks can be setup via the API or the control panel Settings page.
First, ensure that your system meets FuelPHP's minimum requirements.
Next, clone the repo:
$ git clone -b master https://github.com/volcano/volcano.git volcano
Initialize all submodules:
$ cd volcano && git submodule update --init --recursive
Install Composer dependencies:
$ php composer.phar install
Create a new database.
Add these new database credentials to the appropriate database environment config(s) (
Run the setup task (sets file permissions and runs migrations):
$ php oil r setup
Setup the statistics and recurring tasks as crons that run every night. Something like this:
$ 00 00 * * * FUEL_ENV=production /usr/bin/php oil r recurring $ 00 01 * * * FUEL_ENV=production /usr/bin/php oil r statistics
Optional: Run the simulate task to auto-generate faux seller, product, customer and order data. This will allow you to more easily test out various control panel features. Run the statistics task to compute stats for the simulated data.
$ php oil r simulate $ php oil r statistics
For API development and testing, you'll want to first create a seller (see "Usage" below) and then create an API key via the control panel Settings page.
Next, copy the new seller API key and add it to
fuel/app/config/development/api.php so that you don't have to specify the api_key param when testing locally.
You'll be redirected to
[YOUR DOMAIN]/setup the first time you access the Volcano control panel. This will allow you to create your first Seller. You may access
[YOUR DOMAIN]/setup at any time to easily create additional sellers.
The API documentation contains a full list of available APIs. Here are a few examples:
Create a Product:
$ http -f POST /api/products/71687/options name="Product ABC"
Create a Customer:
$ http -f POST /api/customers contact[first_name]=Scatman contact[last_name]=John contact[email]=firstname.lastname@example.org
Create a Multi-Product Order for a Customer:
$ http -f POST /api/customers/120488428/orders products="myappdomain.com" products="My App Instance"