Various payment gateways like PayPal, Braintree, Stripe, Expo, RazorPay, etc. are used for payment processing in mobile apps. Out of these, Stripe is one of the fastest-growing gateways. It is also being extensively used in a diverse range of React Native apps and is a preferred choice of several React Native app development services worldwide.
How to implement Stripe in React Native Apps?
Here we have considered the Tipsi-stripe library for Stripe integration in React Native apps. Also, version 0.60 of React Native was used and we considered a Firebase server for the backend part.
Step 1: Creation of Stripe Developer account and getting the API keys
For creating the account, visit Stripe.com. After account creation, you will land in the Stripe Dashboard. Then go to Developer Tab > API keys for accessing the keys. Ensure that for viewing the ‘Test Data,’ you ON the toggle. All the development tasks must be carried out with ‘Test Data’.
Step 2: Development of a React Native app for integrating Stripe
For a basic app, ensure that you are equipped with all the pre-requisites pertaining to the React Native’s official documentation. Now create a blank app and run it in a simulator or device. The default start screen will appear on the simulator or device. You may use the user interface of the Tipsi-stripe library because it supports all kinds of payment options.
Step 3: Integration of the Tipsi-stripe library for the generation of token
Install Tipsi-stripe package for integrating Stripe functionality into your React Native app. Now, set up your Podfile for the integration of appropriate pods in iOS apps and then run pod install. Then set up the Xcode project, link the Tipsi-stripe package against your Xcode project, this will install all dependencies related to CocoaPods. Import the library in your app for the generation of the token. Now initialize it with the Stripe credentials which you will get from Stripe Dashboard. Now replace the Publishable key with your own key. To generate the token, the ‘paymentRequestWithCardForm’ method can be used.
Step 4: Creation of Firebase function or any other backend server
For payment completion, we can create a Firebase cloud function and execute it using REST calls from your app. This function will interact with the Stripe server and complete the payment.
Step 5: Connection of the app with the deployed live Firebase server and completion of the payment
This step involves making an HTTP call to the Firebase function and completing the payment request using the generated token. Thus, payment processing takes place in the React Native apps with Stripe.
Also read our article “How to Migrate Chat Applications from Layer to Firebase?“.
We learned that there are two sections in the Stripe payments- frontend for the tokenization process and backend for the payment completion. We saw the significant steps involved in this process which will be very helpful to React Native developers.
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