Mollie API: simple & powerful
Use the Mollie API to integrate online payments by Mollie directly into your website or app. Mollie and your website will communicate by sending HTTP requests back and forth.
This page provides an overview of the Mollie API. The topics in the chapter deal with a number of specific aspects of the API. We recommend to read these topics entirely.
If possible it would be wise to leave communication at this level to our ready-made Clients. This allows you to still be in control without reinventing the wheel.
Well begun is half done. Save time and build on solid foundations. Mollie API clients are available for PHP, Ruby, Node.js and Python. Of course we also provide modules and plugins for about every webshop software out there.
Mollie is always adding new payment methods. The Mollie API currently supports these payments methods:
- Bank transfer
- Belfius Pay Button
- Credit card
- SEPA Direct Debit
- Gift cards
- ING Home'Pay
- KBC/CBC Payment Button
- SOFORT Banking
All of the payment methods you have enabled are – where relevant – shown to the consumer. You can enable payment methods using the Dashboard.
- A customer on your website decides to checkout.
Your website creates a payment on the Mollie platform by calling the Mollie API with the amount, a payment description and a URL we should
redirect the customer to after the payment is made.
The API responds with the unique
links.paymentUrlfor the newly created payment. Your website stores the id, links it to the customer's order and redirects the customer to the
paymentUrlfrom the Mollie API response. This is the URL to the payment screen for this specific payment.
- The customer reaches the Mollie Checkout, chooses a payment method and makes the payment. This process is entirely taken care of by Mollie. You don't need to do anything here.
When the payment is made Mollie will call your webhook informing your website about the payment's status change. You should define one when creating the payment.
In response to your webhook being called your website just needs to issue a
200 OKstatus. From that response Mollie can tell that your processing of the new status was successful – for any other response we keep trying.
- Processing the webhook request your website fetches the payment status using the Mollie API. This fetched status serves to mark the order as paid, trigger fulfilment and send out an email confirmation to the customer.
- At this point Mollie returns the visitor to your website. Your website knows the payment was successful and thanks the customer.
In the example above we suppose you'll store the
id that's unique to the payment in your order table. This way your website is able to look-up the order for this payment when the
Webhook is triggered. Your website is keeping track of the payment, effectively bringing about the connection between order and payment. This approach is easiest
to grasp, which is why we use it in our example.
Alternatively you could ask Mollie to remember the unique identifier of your order by instructing the Mollie API to store it in the payment's
metadata. You would provide it while
creating the payment. In our example order_id would be a good candidate. Mollie stores the
metadata for you. When you fetch
the payment during processing the webhook the
metadata is included in the response. This is another way to connect orders and payments. We advise to use the
metadata approach. This
is the most popular approach and it's easiest to implement.
- The payment screens are suitable for web, smartphones and tablets.
- All payment methods you have enabled are – when relevant – shown to your customers. A newly activated payment method is available immediately for all of your visitors.
- If the customer's first choice of payment method is not successful, it's very easy for the customer to select and try another one. If a customer appears to not have sufficient credit on a checking account a retry by credit card could easily be attempted. We handle this for you without asking you to implement any extra API's.
- Full support for QR codes and other conversion rate improving features.
- Mollie optimizes the order of payment methods. For Dutch customers we know to list iDEAL at the top while for Belgians we start off with the payment method Bancontact. A lot of effort goes into this and we optimize this using A/B-testing. This way we improve your conversion without your effort.