Frequently asked questions
See the Vipps Recurring API for all the details.
See also: Vipps API FAQ.
See also: Getting Started guide.
How do I migrate to the v3 API?
Please check the migration guide to see the differences between Recurring API v2 and v3. Please also check the V3 API definitions.
Can I manage agreements and charges created with v2 API using v3 API?
All agreements and charges created with v2 API can be retrieved and managed using the v3 API and vice-versa. Also, if an agreement was created with v2 API, it is possible to create a charge for this agreement with v3 API and vice-versa.
Do I need to store card data?
No. Vipps handles all payment details.
Does Vipps automatically create charges for an agreement?
No. Vipps does not create charges based on the agreement, this is left up to the merchant to create.
When a merchant creates a charge, Vipps will actually attempt to charge the customer, starting on the
due date and for as long as specified in
For more details, see our call-by-call guide
At what time during the day are charges processed?
Charges are processed up to two times every day: 07:00 and 15:00 UTC.
Retries are attempted according to the
This applies for both our production and test environment (MT).
When are charges processed?
Charges are processed at least twice a day from the
I don't want a charge to fail the first time the transaction fails (insufficient funds / networking issues etc.)
retryDays in an Agreement allows for this functionality, Vipps will
retry once each day until the value is reached. The valid values are none
(defaulting to 0) or 0-14. We strongly recommend having more than 1 retry day
to account for possible networking issues etc.
How can I require an initial payment from the user for setting up the agreement?
You need to use Initial charge.
Can the charge amount be different from the agreement price?
Yes. See Are there any limits on charging a user?.
Are there any limits on charging a user?
Yes. Within the
interval period of the agreement, the merchant can charge at
most 5 times the agreement price cumulatively. There is no limit on the
number of charges which can be sent in the
It is, however, recommended that you update the agreements pricing if there is a price change. In case of a more significant change, we recommend creating a new Agreement.
It is the merchant's responsibility to make sure the user is informed and understands the price of the Agreement.
When can I send charges to a user?
You can create charges once the user's agreement is ACTIVE
See How do I check my customer's status?.
A charge failed, but the customer did not receive any warning
The customer may not have notifications turned on. We always send notifications to the user when a charge processing attempt is not successful, and the user gets a more detailed message when looking at the charge/agreement in the app.
What happens to charges if the corresponding agreement is cancelled?
All charges in a
RESERVED state will be cancelled if the Agreement is stopped.
Note: This also includes the
initial charge if it's currently
So if the merchant needs to charge the user for the initial charge; then this needs to be done before the agreement is stopped.
If a user's card expires: What happens on the next charge?
The user is responsible for keeping their payment sources updated.
If a payment fails the user will receive a push notification, informing them to update their payment source.
Vipps does not automatically select a new card if a card expires, as users may have multiple cards registered in Vipps.
Vipps also has standard functionality that automatically sends the user a push notification when a card that is not used for recurring payments expires.
What happens to pending charges if the user deletes the payment card?
See If a user's card expires: What happens on the next charge?
How does a user see the charges I create?
The charge will then appear in the app after it goes into the
A charge will remain in
PENDING state until the dueDate is less than 30 days away.
You can retrieve all relevant charges through the
If a user adds or updates a card in vipps, will new recurring charges be made to that card?
No, currently the payment card tied to an agreement will not be updated automatically.
Users may want to charge different Agreements to different cards, and we do not want to automatically make changes to payment sources. Instead, we notify users as described in What happens to pending charges if the user deletes the payment card?
For how long is a payment reserved?
See For how long is a payment reserved? in Vipps FAQs.
Can I decide the users suggested max amount list
No. The suggested amount list that the user can choose a max amount from, is automatically generated by Vipps based on the suggestedMaxAmount sent in.
If the suggestedMaxAmount is changed, the suggested amount list will also be different if the user goes to change max amount.
Agreements and users
Why do you allow drafting multiple agreements for the same user?
Vipps tries to not interfere with how you choose to run your business. There are cases where one merchant might want to draft multiple subscriptions at the same time for the same user (ie. the user subscribes to multiple services from the merchant), and there are also cases where one person might pay for multiple subscriptions for other reasons (family/relationships/guardianship). It is the merchant's responsibility to know which of their users each drafted agreement belongs to, and to prevent drafting multiple agreements if that is not desireable.
How do I prevent drafting multiple agreements for the same user?
In order to prevent drafting multiple agreements for the same user, you need to keep track of which of your users any drafted agreement belongs to. Then, when a user does something that triggers a draft, you should first check if they already have an agreement that is
PENDING, and inform the user that they should finish the agreement activation in the app or the landing page. There might be some cases where the process fails in such a way that the user cannot complete activation, and the agreement is stuck as
PENDING for an extended period of time. Because of this, it might be a good idea to allow the user to choose to draft a new agreement regardless, but then you need to keep track of that "abandoned" agreement in case you might need to manage it later (stop and issue refund if it gets undesirably activated or similar).
How do I check my customer's status?
Get details about a specific Agreement:
fetch agreement endpoint.
Can I look up a user's information?
Vipps can only provide user information with the user's consent.
The merchant must ask the user for consent when creating the agreement using
with the correct
scope. The requested information is only available for a limited amount of time after the consent is given.
Can I look up which user owns an agreement?
No. See: Can I look up a user's information? and Is there an API for retrieving information about a Vipps user?.
How can I convert existing agreements to Vipps agreements?
If you have existing agreements or subscriptions that use eFaktura, AvtaleGiro, PDF invoices by email or other payment methods, you can let your customers change to Vipps in different ways:
- Email: Email your customers and inform them that they can change to Vipps. The email should contain a unique URL that leads directly to a webpage with a Vipps payment for that customer. The customer may have to log in (Vipps Logg Inn may be useful for this).
- PDF invoice: Include a unique URL for the customer, same as above. You can use both a URL and a QR code containing the same URL. Keep in mind that some users will see the PDF invoice on their phone, and can not easily scan the QR.
- Paper invoice: Include a QR code with unique URL for the customer, same as above.
How can I delete an agreement?
Agreements can be stopped by calling the
See Stop an agreement.
Can a user cancel the agreement through the Vipps app?
No, the user needs to contact the merchant which can then cancel or modify the agreement as they see fit.
The merchant must provide a link to the "my page" on the merchant's website when creating the agreement. See Create an agreement.
Users may want to make other changes to the Agreement than to simply cancel it. A subscription may be paused for a period, it may be changed to a lower or higher frequency, additional products or services may be added, etc. This can add more complexity than Vipps can present in a good way, and our approach is therefore to send the user to the merchant for managing the Agreement.
How can I move agreements between merchants and sales units?
Please note: We are working out the details for this process, please contact us if you need help with this.
Merchants sometimes need to move customer agreements from one merchant to another, or from one sales unit to another.
Clarification of terms:
- Merchant: A juridical unit, typically called a business or company, identified with organization number ("orgno").
- Sales unit: A merchant can have one or more sales units. It may be different brands, different physical locations, different services, etc.
- MSN: The unique id of a sales unit. MSN is short for "Merchant Serial Number", but (sadly) identifies a sales unit, not a merchant.
First of all: A merchant very rarely "changes organization number". That only occurs in special cases. An organization number uniquely identifies a juridical unit and cannot usually be changed.
- If the merchant wants to move agreements from one MSN to another, and both MSNs are under the same orgno, Vipps may be able to help.
- If the merchant wants to move agreements from one orgno to another, and both orgnos are owned by the same parent orgno, Vipps may be able to help.
- If the merchant wants to move agreements from one orgno to another, and the orgnos are not owned by a parent company, Vipps may be able to help. The users have entered agreements with an orgno, and Vipps can not automatically move the agreements without the user's consent to enter agreements with the new orgno. The users may need to enter new agreements with the new orgno.
- If the merchant wants to move agreements between two independent orgnos (not owned by a parent orgno), splits or fissions out a new orgno, is merged with another orgno, is acquired by another orgno, etc: Vipps may not be able to help. The users have entered agreements with an orgno, and Vipps may not be able to automatically move the agreements without the user's consent to enter agreements with the new orgno. The users may need to enter new agreements with the new orgno.
The general process is:
- Contact Vipps (your KAM or partner manager) to plan the switch, and the date and time for moving the agreements.
- Log in on portal.vipps.no and enter a new agreement with Vipps for the new orgno.
- Order "Vipps Faste betalinger" for the new orgno. on portal.vipps.no.
- Inform all existing customers of the new orgno, and the planned date of the change. If it's a new company number, we need a confirmation from you that you have informed your end users that the agreement is being transferred. If it's just a transfer from old to new sales unit on the same company number, we don't need this.
- Send a confirmation to firstname.lastname@example.org that all customers have been informed, including a copy of the information sent.
- Contact your Vipps (your KAM or partner manager) to exchange the necessary information to perform the migration:
- Vippsnummer of the sales unit the agreements should be migrated from and to
- A decision on how to handle existing agreements in the new sales unit (in case you have started using it)
- Final confirmation of date and time for migration.
- After the migration is performed, you will get a file that maps from old to new agreement id
- this is a csv where each line is an agreement, and the columns are old id and new id
- You then need to update your systems so you start using the new agreement ids
Brukerne vil kunne finne den gamle avtalen under "Avsluttede faste betalinger". Der vil de finne historikk for den frem til migreringstidspunktet. Som en følge av dette vil det ikke være mulig for dere å se eller gjøre noe med tidligere trekk fra den nye salgsenheten, siden de nye avtalene ikke har noen trekk. Avtalene i den gamle salgsenheten vil bli stoppet, og det vil ikke være mulig å lage nye trekk på dem. OBS; vi anbefaler å ta vare på alle avtaleIder en kunde noen gang har vært tilknyttet, slik at dere har mulighet til å finne tilbake til tidligere avtaler osv. Vi vet at mange kun tar vare på "nyeste", og dermed ikke har mulighet til å finne ut om en kunde kan ha flere aktive avtaler osv. 😅
NOTE: Agreements are not actually moved. Your new sales unit will get new agreements identical to the old ones, but with new agreementIds. The old agreements will be stopped. This means the user will still be able to see the old agreement in the app, under "Stopped agreements".
This is done because the underlying payments are tied to the sales unit, so the new sales unit would not have authority to capture/refund etc old charges in any case. This means that in order to perform refunds etc, you need to request to get the old saleunit re-opened or perform them by other means than vipps.
Charges done by the old MSN are in the old agreement, while the new MSN uses only the new agreement. The name of the new org will have the new juridical name. Sales unit name can be the same.
For all requests to move agreements: Please contact your KAM, your partner or Vipps customer service.
Please note: If the merchant deactivates a MSN that has active agreements, it will no longer be possible to:
- Manage the agreements
- Perform new charges
- Make refunds
Can I look up an agreementId if I have the chargeId?
No. There is no way to find an agreement based on a charge. This is information you must keep track on at your end.
Why do I get the error
merchant.not.allowed.for.recurring.operation error indicates
that the Vipps Recurring API is not yet activated for this sales unit.
The Vipps Recurring API is available for existing customers that have "Vipps på Nett", a direct integration with the Vipps eCom API, and have completed some additional Know Your Customer (KYC) checks required by Finanstilsynet.
Vipps is required to perform some extra compliance checks before activating the Vipps Recurring API.
Please order "Vipps Faste betalinger" on portal.vipps.no to get access to the Recurring API in production.
Is there an API for retrieving information about a Vipps user?
Vipps offers the possibility for merchants, as part of the payment flow, to request the user's information. For example if you wish to retrieve the user's email as part of a User profile setup. This is supported in both Vipps eCom API and Vipps Recurring API.
This is done by adding a
scope parameter to the initiate calls:
initiate payment (eCom)
- nin (fødselsnummer)
The userinfo endpoint is shared with Vipps Login and the merchant needs to have activated Vipps Login on their account to use this feature. Information on how to do this can be found here. Using the Vipps Login service itself is optional.
Please note: Vipps users have not consented to Vipps providing any information to third parties, and Vipps does not allow it. There is no other API to look up a user's address, retrieve a user's purchases, etc.
Notifications and error messages
When do users get push messages?
|Event||Push message text (Norwegian)||Push message text (English)|
|Agreement request||Bekreft fast betaling||Confirm recurring payment|
|Charge processed successfully||Fast betaling til ||Payment to |
|Insufficient funds||Pass på at du har nok penger. Vi prøver igjen litt senere.||Make sure you have enough money. We'll try again later.|
|Invalid payment source (retryable)||Kortet er ugyldig, prøv et annet.||The card is invalid, try another|
|Invalid payment source (not retryable)||Kortet er ugyldig, prøv å endre det og kontakt %s å fortsette avtalen.||The card is invalid, try changing it and contacting %s to continue the agreement.|
|Charge amount too high (variable amount)||Beløpet er høyere enn det avtalte maksimumsbeløpet.||The amount is higher than the agreed maximum amount|
|Future charge amount too high (variable amount)||Du må øke maksbeløpet i avtalen med ||You have to change the maximum amount in the agreement. If not, the payment will fail.|
What is shown to users when charge processing fails?
We set the failure reason on the charge based on why the processing failed.
|Reason||Charge failure text (Norwegian)||Charge failure text (English)|
|Insufficient funds||Betalingen feilet. Pass på at du har nok penger på konto eller bytt kort. Vi prøver igjen senere.||Payment failed. Make sure you have enough money or change card. We'll try again later.|
|Invalid payment source||Kortet som er knyttet til avtalen din er ugyldig. Bytt til et annet.||The card associated with your agreement is invalid. Switch to another.|
|Charge amount too high (variable amount)||Betalingen feilet. Endre maksbeløpet i avtalen under. Vi prøver igjen senere.||Payment failed. Change the maximum amount in the agreement below. We'll try again later.|
|Future charge amount too high (variable amount)||Betalingen kommer til å feile. Endre maksbeløpet i avtalen under.||Payment will fail. Change the maximum amount in the agreement below.|
How can I change partners for a merchant?
Please note: We are working out the details for this process, please contact us if you need help with this.
Here is the procedure for what you must do when changing partners: We need consent from the user site that they will change partners. They can submit this directly to Vipps (via email@example.com) or they can submit it through you as a new partner.
The partner orders at Vipps (firstname.lastname@example.org) must receive an e-mail from the user site or partner stating that they wish to change partner with the following information:
- Name of user location
- Organization number
- Name of new partner
- Name of old partner
- Which MSN it should be "switched to"
- Test page if the website changes
- Date and time of desired transfer from old partner to new partner
- Signature from customer
- Possible new price
One thing you should be aware of is that in each agreement there is a
which is the link each user clicks on to be able to change their subscription.
In other words, a "My page" for the user. If the link structure is not the same
in both solutions, you must update all existing agreements with a new URL as
soon as possible after the move so that the customers can manage the agreements
further without coming to a blank page.
How can I change partner for my integration with Vipps?
See How to change partners for a merchant.
Please note: The MSN (the number) does not change when changing partners.
The settlements are done trough Vipps. The merchant does not need any other partner or agreement.
Merchants with a "net settlement" contract receive the users' payments excluding the Vipps fees. Merchants with a "gross settlement" contract receive the users' payments including the Vipps fees, and are then invoiced for the Vipps fees.