Paystack API bindings in Python.

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Installation / Usage

To install use pip:

$ pip install --upgrade paystack


$ easy_install --upgrade paystack

See pip-installer for instructions on installing pip. If you are on a system with easy_install but not pip, you can use easy_install instead. If you're not using virtualenv, you may have to prefix those commands with sudo. You can learn more about virtualenv at http://www.virtualenv.org/

To install from source, clone this repo and run:

$ git clone https://github.com/ojengwa/paystack.git

$ python setup.py install


Please see https://developers.paystack.co/docs for the most up-to-date documentation for the Paystack API.

API Anatomy

The API resource are exposed via a single interface paystack.resource.

Classes exposed via the interface includes: 'BaseAPIResource', 'CustomerResource', 'PlanResource', 'RequestsClient', 'TransactionResource', 'version'

Documentation and signature for each of the methods defined in the API follows:


Base transaction resource Class.

Encapsulate everything about a transaction instant.

    access_code (string): Paystack access_code for initiating payment
    amount (int): Amount to pay in Kobo
    authorization_code (string): Paystack verification authorization_code
    authorization_url (string): Paystack verification authorization_url
    email (string): Client's email address
    reference (string): Unique transaction reference

def __init__(self, api_secret, reference=None, resource_path='transaction'):
    Create a TransactionResource instance.

        api_secret (string): Developer's API SECRET_KEY.
        reference (string, optional): Unique transaction reference.
        resource_path (str, optional): API resource_path. Do not change.
        *args: Extra positional arguments.
        **kwargs: Extra keyworded arguments.

def initialize(self, amount, email, plan=None, ref=None):
    Transaction resource initialisation method.

        amount (int): Amount to pay in Kobo.
        email (string): Client's email address.
        plan (string, optional): You customer billing plan.
        ref (string, optional): Unique transaction reference.

        error.APIError: Something generally bad happened... :()
        error.ValidationError: Bad input.

        response (dict): Response data from Paystack

def verify(self, ref=None):
    Verify transaction instance.

        ref (string, optional): Unique transaction reference

        error.APIError: Something generally bad happened... :()
        error.ValidationError: Bad input.

        response (dict): Dictionary containing payment verification details

def charge(self, auth_code=None, amount=None, email=None, reference=None):
    Bill a transaction to a customer's account.

        auth_code (string, optional): Paystack verification authorization_code
        amount (int, optional): Amount to pay in Kobo.
        email (string, optional): Client's email address.
        reference (string, optional): Unique transaction reference.

        error.APIError: Something generally bad happened... :()
        error.ValidationError: Bad input.

        response (dict): Response data from Paystack

def authorize(self, auth_url=None):
    Open a browser window for client to enter card details.

        auth_url (string, optional): Paystack verification authorization_url

        e: Browser Error :(
        error.ValidationError: Bad input.



This library was designed with with pluggablility and ease of use in mind. Two of the most common workflows are well supported:

  1. New Transaction Workflow:

    Most times, we might need to initiate a completely new transaction. The API provides us with simple methods that map to the various endpoints exposed by the Paystack platform. Also, most of this methods comes with sane defaults so you don't have to repeat the obvious.

  2. Partial Transaction Workflow:

    Example of when you might have some partial transactions to complete includes (incuring bills, intances where you initiate the transaction using the frontend SDKs, etc...). With this in mind, we wrote the method to be as independent and self-containing as possible.

NB: The TransactionResource#authorize method can only be called on the dev environment(your computer) or any environment where there is access to a web browser.


The package is compatible with Python 2.6+, Python 3.1+ and PyPy. We need to test against all of these environments to ensure compatibility. Travis CI will automatically run our tests on push. For local testing, we use nose to handle testing across environments.

To run the included test using fabric:

  1. Clone the repo:

    $ git clone https://github.com/ojengwa/paystack.git

  2. CD into project directory:

    $ cd paystack

  3. Install dependencies:

    $ fab install

  4. Run the includded test:

    $ fab test


  1. Add Event hooks
  2. Create Consumer Resource
  3. Create Plan Resource


import string
import random

from paystack.resource import TransactionResource

def main():
    rand = ''.join(
            string.ascii_letters + string.digits) for n in range(16)])
    secret_key = 'YOUR_SECRET_KEY'
    random_ref = rand
    test_email = 'TEST_EMAIL'
    test_amount = 'TEST_AMOUNT'
    plan = 'Basic'
    client = TransactionResource(secret_key, random_ref)
    response = client.initialize(test_amount,
    client.authorize() # Will open a browser window for client to enter card details
    verify = client.verify() # Verify client credentials
    print(client.charge()) # Charge an already exsiting client

Please see the project license for further details.