API Reference

The Recharge API is primarily a REST API with some RPC endpoints to support common operations. It has predictable, resource-oriented URLs, accepts JSON-encoded request bodies, returns JSON-encoded responses, and uses standard HTTP response codes, authentication, and methods.

Related guides: Generate API tokens, Using the API

API and Platforms compatibility

Recharge offers hosted solutions and integrates with various ecommerce platforms to process recurring transactions with the setup of your choice. In order to be compatible with those platforms some of our API resources and endpoints may be limited in use to a subset of platforms. When that is the case we will flag with the help of tags the checkout/platform association for which that feature is compatible.
When there is no restriction of compatibility no tags will appear.
Below is a legend of the tags you may come across:

Tag Checkout solution Ecommerce platform
BigCommerce Recharge hosted BigCommerce
Custom Recharge hosted or API-first Custom
RCS Recharge hosted Shopify
SCI Shopify hosted Shopify

You may also come across other tags specifying regional restrictions (e.g. USA Only) or new releases (e.g. Alpha, Beta).

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Recharge uses API keys to authenticate requests.

Each request to the API should contain an API token in the following header:


Replace store_api_token with your API key.

All requests must be made over HTTPS.

API Token Scopes

Scopes can be set up from the API token edit page in Recharge to control the level of access of an API token.

The API currently supports the scopes below:

Write Read
write_batches read_batches
write_charges read_charges
write_customers read_customers
write_discounts read_discounts
write_orders read_orders
write_payment_methods read_payment_methods
write_products read_products
write_subscriptions read_subscriptions
write_webhooks read_webhooks
curl -i -H 'X-Recharge-Access-Token: your_api_token'


All requests will use your account API settings, unless you send a X-Recharge-Version header to specify the version.
You can use the same token to make calls to all versions. When no version is specified it will default to the default version on your store.

Existing API Versions Release notes
2021-11 2021-11 release notes


Recharge uses conventional HTTP response codes to indicate the success or failure of an API request. In general, codes in the 2xx range indicate success, codes in the 4xx range indicate an error that failed given the information provided ( e.g. a required parameter was omitted, a charge failed, etc ), and codes in the 5xx range indicate an error with Recharge’s servers.

200 - OK: Everything worked as expected.
201 - OK: The request was successful, created a new resource, and resource created is in the body.
202 - OK: The request has been accepted and is in processing.
204 - OK: The server has successfully fulfilled the request and there is no content to send in the response body.
400 - Bad Request: The request was unacceptable, often due to a missing required parameter.
401 - Unauthorized: No valid API key was provided.
402 - Request Failed: The parameters were valid but the request failed.
403 - The request was authenticated but not authorized for the requested resource (permission scope error).
404 - Not Found: The requested resource doesn’t exist.
405 - Method Not Allowed: The method is not allowed for this URI.
406 - The request was unacceptable, or requesting a data source which is not allowed although permissions permit the request.
409 - Conflict: You will get this error when you try to send two requests to edit an address or any of its child objects at the same time, in order to avoid out of date information being returned.
415 - The request body was not a JSON object.
422 - The request was understood but cannot be processed due to invalid or missing supplemental information.
426 - The request was made using an invalid API version.
429 - The request has been rate limited.
500 - Internal server error.
501 - The resource requested has not been implemented in the current version but may be implemented in the future.
503 - A 3rd party service on which the request depends has timed out.

Extending responses

The API supports including additional objects when using a GET request to retrieve a list or a GET request to retrieve by a specific id.Including is achieved by using an include query parameter in the request URL. The include value contains the object you want to include in the result of your request. On routes where multiple includes are available, you are able to pass multiple values serparated by a comma ( include=customer,metafields ). The below table defines available include options for commonly used resources of the API.

Resource Endpoints Supported include values
Addresses GET /addresses
GET /addresses/{id}
customer payment_methods (beta)
Charges GET /charges
GET /charges/{id}
customer metafields payment_methods (beta)
Customers GET /customers
GET /customers/{id}
addresses metafields payment_methods (beta)
Orders GET /orders
GET /orders/{id}
customer metafields
Payment Methods GET /payment_methods
GET /payment_methods/{id}
Subscriptions GET /subscriptions
GET /subscriptions/{id}

Cursor Pagination

By default, calls for a list of objects will return 50 results. Using the limit parameter, that can be increased to 250 results per response.

When there are more results than the current limit a cursor may be used to request additional results.

The next_cursor and previous_cursor attributes are are included in all list responses.

To request the next set of results, find the next_cursor in the list response and include it in the url with the cursor parameter e.g. GET https://api.rechargeapps.com/subscriptions?limit=250&cursor=<next_cursor>

To request the previous set of results, find the previous_cursor in the list response and include it in the url with the cursor parameter e.g. GET https://api.rechargeapps.com/subscriptions?limit=250&cursor=<previous_cursor>

Retrieving total number of records

Starting with the 2021-11 version of the API, you will not be able to retrieve a count of total records for a given GET request. If you are building a UI page that allows end users to paginate through result sets (such as paginating through a list of orders or subscriptions), we recommend that your pagination implementation allow users to go to the next and previous page of results (as opposed to allowing users to jump to specific page in the results). This aligns well with the previous_cursor and the next_cursor fields included in all list responses.

Example Request

response=$(curl -s -w "%{http_code}"\ 
    -H 'X-Recharge-Access-Token: your_api_token' \ 
    -H 'X-Recharge-Version: 2021-11' \    -X GET $URL)

content=$(sed '$ d' <<< "$response") # get all but the last line which contains the status code

# Display results
echo $content | jq "."

# parse next url
echo "Next URL"
next_cursor=$(jq ".next_cursor" <<< "${content}")

# Notice next_cursor value is passed as page_info query param
echo "$URL&page_info=$next_cursor"


The API supports sorting of results when using a GET request to retrieve a list. Sorting is achieved using a sort_by query parameter in the request URL. The sort_by value contains the parameter and sort direction for your results (ascending or descending), and available sort_by values vary between resources. The below table defines available sort_by options for commonly used resources.

Resource Supported sort_by_values
Address Default: id-desc
Options: id-asc id-desc updated_at-asc updated_at-desc
Async Batch Default: id-desc
Options: id-asc id-desc created_at-asc created_at-desc
Charge Default: id-asc
Options: id-asc id-desc created_at-asc created_at-desc updated_at-asc updated_at-desc charge_date-asc charge-date-desc
Customer Default: id-desc
Options: id-asc id-desc created_at-asc created_at-desc updated_at-asc updated_at-desc
Discount Default: id-desc
Options: id-asc id-desc created_at-asc created_at-desc updated_at-asc updated_at-desc
Metafield Default: id-desc
Options:id-asc id-desc updated_at-asc updated_at-desc
Onetime Default: id-desc
Options: id-asc id-desc created_at-asc created_at-desc updated_at-asc updated_at-desc updated_at-desc
Order Default: id-desc
Options: id-asc id-desc created_at-asc created_at-desc shipped_date-asc shipped_date-desc shipping_date-asc shipping_date-desc updated_at-asc updated_at-desc
Product Default: id-desc
Options: id-asc id-desc created_at-asc created_at-desc updated_at-asc updated_at-desc title-asc title-desc
Subscription Default: id-desc
Options: id-asc id-desc created_at-asc created_at-desc updated_at-asc updated_at-desc
Webhook Default: id-desc
Options: id-asc id-desc


An Addresses record represents a shipping address. Each customer can have multiple addresses. Subscriptions are a child object of an address.



A charge is the representation of a financial transaction linked to the purchase of an item (past or future). It can be a transaction that was processed already or the representation of an upcoming transaction. A Charge is linked to its corresponding Orders (one Order for pay as you go subscriptions and several for pre-paid). Orders are created once the corresponding Charge is successful. After successful payment, the first Order will be immediately submitted to the external platform if applicable (e.g. Shopify, BigCommerce).



Checkouts allow you to create, update, and process a Checkout programmatically. Shipping cost and sales tax determination are automatic functions of the Recharge Checkout resource.

Related guides: Recharge checkout integrations, How to use the Checkout resource

Important - The Checkout endpoints are only available for BigCommerce and Custom. Checkouts on Shopify must go through Shopify.