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Creating your first Stripe Charge with Gin + Golang in 5 minutes

    In this short series, we are going to look at how to create a charge to Stripe in a number of their officially supported languages!

    In this article, we are going to look at how to do so with Golang and Gin. It assumes that you have Go setup on your local machine.

    The expectations are that you have both Dotnet installed and have your Stripe API keys setup and ready to go.

    The following comes in part from my documentation website.

    Setting up

    We need a few libs to get this all going. Run the following to fetch prerequisite packages:

    # Gin server lib go get -u github.com/gin-gonic/gin # Stripe Go API go get github.com/stripe/stripe-go # Dotenv package for Golang go get github.com/joho/godotenv

    Setting up main.go

    The Golang API (in my opinion) has some more complexity as opposed to others for setting up a basic charge.

    Reading over Stripe's example tests on Github is the perfect way to see how to conform and adhere to the types -- particularly for our basic example.

    package main import ( "log" "net/http" "os" "github.com/gin-gonic/gin" "github.com/joho/godotenv" "github.com/stripe/stripe-go" "github.com/stripe/stripe-go/charge" ) // ChargeJSON incoming data for Stripe API type ChargeJSON struct { Amount int64 `json:"amount"` ReceiptEmail string `json:"receiptEmail"` } func main() { // load .env file err := godotenv.Load() if err != nil { log.Fatal("Error loading .env file") } // set up server r := gin.Default() // basic hello world GET route r.GET("/", func(c *gin.Context) { c.JSON(200, gin.H{ "message": "Hello, World!", }) }) // our basic charge API route r.POST("/api/charges", func(c *gin.Context) { // we will bind our JSON body to the `json` var var json ChargeJSON c.BindJSON(&json) // Set Stripe API key apiKey := os.Getenv("SK_TEST_KEY") stripe.Key = apiKey // Attempt to make the charge. // We are setting the charge response to _ // as we are not using it. _, err := charge.New(&stripe.ChargeParams{ Amount: stripe.Int64(json.Amount), Currency: stripe.String(string(stripe.CurrencyUSD)), Source: &stripe.SourceParams{Token: stripe.String("tok_visa")}, // this should come from clientside ReceiptEmail: stripe.String(json.ReceiptEmail)}) if err != nil { // Handle any errors from attempt to charge c.String(http.StatusBadRequest, "Request failed") return } c.String(http.StatusCreated, "Successfully charged") }) r.Run(":8080") }

    Making A Test Charge

    We can run our server with the following:

    go run main.go

    In another terminal, run http POST http://localhost:8080/api/charges amount:=1700 receiptEmail=hello_gin@example.com (using HTTPie) and we will get back Successfully charged! Hooray! We made it.

    I chose to use HTTPie because I feel it is a fun tool that more should know about! Alternative, you could do the above using curl as well (or anything that can make a POST request for a matter of fact).

    curl --header "Content-Type: application/json" \ --request POST \ --data '{"amount":1700,"receiptEmail":"hello_gin@example.com"}' \ http://localhost:8080/api/charges

    If you now go and check your Stripe dashboard, you will be able to see a charge.

    Stripe Dashboard

    Stripe Dashboard

    Resources and Further Reading

    1. Go Docs Stripe
    2. Stripe API
    3. Stripe Testing Cards
    4. Github Stripe Go Charge Testing
    5. Gin Github
    6. Golang Dotenv Github
    7. HTTPie

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    Dennis O'Keeffe

    • Melbourne, Australia

    Hi, I am a professional Software Engineer. Formerly of Culture Amp, UsabilityHub, Present Company and NightGuru.
    I am currently working on Visibuild.


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