Refunds

Refund objects allow you to refund a previously created charge that isn’t refunded yet. Funds are refunded to the credit or debit card that’s initially charged.

Related guide: Refunds

The Refund object

Attributes

  • idstring

    Unique identifier for the object.

  • amountinteger

    Amount, in cents.

  • chargenullable stringExpandable

    ID of the charge that’s refunded.

  • currencyenum

    Three-letter ISO currency code, in lowercase. Must be a supported currency.

  • descriptionnullable string

    An arbitrary string attached to the object. You can use this for displaying to users (available on non-card refunds only).

  • metadatanullable object

    Set of key-value pairs that you can attach to an object. This can be useful for storing additional information about the object in a structured format.

  • payment_intentnullable stringExpandable

    ID of the PaymentIntent that’s refunded.

  • reasonnullable enum

    Reason for the refund, which is either user-provided (duplicate, fraudulent, or requested_by_customer) or generated by Stripe internally (expired_uncaptured_charge).

  • statusnullable string

    Status of the refund. This can be pending, requires_action, succeeded, failed, or canceled. Learn more about failed refunds.

More attributes

  • objectstring

  • balance_transactionnullable stringExpandable

  • createdtimestamp

  • destination_detailsnullable object

  • failure_balance_transactionnullable stringExpandable

  • failure_reasonnullable string

  • instructions_emailnullable string

  • next_actionnullable object

  • receipt_numbernullable string

  • source_transfer_reversalnullable stringExpandableConnect only

  • transfer_reversalnullable stringExpandableConnect only

The Refund object
{
"id": "re_1Nispe2eZvKYlo2Cd31jOCgZ",
"object": "refund",
"amount": 1000,
"balance_transaction": "txn_1Nispe2eZvKYlo2CYezqFhEx",
"charge": "ch_1NirD82eZvKYlo2CIvbtLWuY",
"created": 1692942318,
"currency": "usd",
"destination_details": {
"card": {
"reference": "123456789012",
"reference_status": "available",
"reference_type": "acquirer_reference_number",
"type": "refund"
},
"type": "card"
},
"metadata": {},
"payment_intent": "pi_1GszsK2eZvKYlo2CfhZyoZLp",
"reason": null,
"receipt_number": null,
"source_transfer_reversal": null,
"status": "succeeded",
"transfer_reversal": null
}

Create a refund

When you create a new refund, you must specify a Charge or a PaymentIntent object on which to create it.

Creating a new refund will refund a charge that has previously been created but not yet refunded. Funds will be refunded to the credit or debit card that was originally charged.

You can optionally refund only part of a charge. You can do so multiple times, until the entire charge has been refunded.

Once entirely refunded, a charge can’t be refunded again. This method will raise an error when called on an already-refunded charge, or when trying to refund more money than is left on a charge.

Parameters

  • amountinteger

    A positive integer in the smallest currency unit representing how much of this charge to refund. Can refund only up to the remaining, unrefunded amount of the charge.

  • chargestring

    The identifier of the charge to refund.

  • metadataobject

    Set of key-value pairs that you can attach to an object. This can be useful for storing additional information about the object in a structured format. Individual keys can be unset by posting an empty value to them. All keys can be unset by posting an empty value to metadata.

  • payment_intentstring

    The identifier of the PaymentIntent to refund.

  • reasonstring

    String indicating the reason for the refund. If set, possible values are duplicate, fraudulent, and requested_by_customer. If you believe the charge to be fraudulent, specifying fraudulent as the reason will add the associated card and email to your block lists, and will also help us improve our fraud detection algorithms.

More parameters

  • instructions_emailstring

  • originenum

  • refund_application_feebooleanConnect only

  • reverse_transferbooleanConnect only

Returns

Returns the Refund object if the refund succeeded. Raises an error if the Charge/PaymentIntent has already been refunded, or if an invalid identifier was provided.

POST /v1/refunds
curl https://api.stripe.com/v1/refunds \
-u "sk_test_4eC39Hq...arjtT1zdp7dcsk_test_4eC39HqLyjWDarjtT1zdp7dc:" \
-d charge=ch_1NirD82eZvKYlo2CIvbtLWuY
Response
{
"id": "re_1Nispe2eZvKYlo2Cd31jOCgZ",
"object": "refund",
"amount": 1000,
"balance_transaction": "txn_1Nispe2eZvKYlo2CYezqFhEx",
"charge": "ch_1NirD82eZvKYlo2CIvbtLWuY",
"created": 1692942318,
"currency": "usd",
"destination_details": {
"card": {
"reference": "123456789012",
"reference_status": "available",
"reference_type": "acquirer_reference_number",
"type": "refund"
},
"type": "card"
},
"metadata": {},
"payment_intent": "pi_1GszsK2eZvKYlo2CfhZyoZLp",
"reason": null,
"receipt_number": null,
"source_transfer_reversal": null,
"status": "succeeded",
"transfer_reversal": null
}

Update a refund

Updates the refund that you specify by setting the values of the passed parameters. Any parameters that you don’t provide remain unchanged.

This request only accepts metadata as an argument.

Parameters

  • metadataobject

    Set of key-value pairs that you can attach to an object. This can be useful for storing additional information about the object in a structured format. Individual keys can be unset by posting an empty value to them. All keys can be unset by posting an empty value to metadata.

Returns

Returns the refund object if the update succeeds. This call raises an error if update parameters are invalid.

POST /v1/refunds/:id
curl https://api.stripe.com/v1/refunds/re_1Nispe2eZvKYlo2Cd31jOCgZ \
-u "sk_test_4eC39Hq...arjtT1zdp7dcsk_test_4eC39HqLyjWDarjtT1zdp7dc:" \
-d "metadata[order_id]"=6735
Response
{
"id": "re_1Nispe2eZvKYlo2Cd31jOCgZ",
"object": "refund",
"amount": 1000,
"balance_transaction": "txn_1Nispe2eZvKYlo2CYezqFhEx",
"charge": "ch_1NirD82eZvKYlo2CIvbtLWuY",
"created": 1692942318,
"currency": "usd",
"destination_details": {
"card": {
"reference": "123456789012",
"reference_status": "available",
"reference_type": "acquirer_reference_number",
"type": "refund"
},
"type": "card"
},
"metadata": {
"order_id": "6735"
},
"payment_intent": "pi_1GszsK2eZvKYlo2CfhZyoZLp",
"reason": null,
"receipt_number": null,
"source_transfer_reversal": null,
"status": "succeeded",
"transfer_reversal": null
}

Retrieve a refund

Retrieves the details of an existing refund.

Parameters

No parameters.

Returns

Returns a refund if you provide a valid ID. Raises an error otherwise.

GET /v1/refunds/:id
curl https://api.stripe.com/v1/refunds/re_1Nispe2eZvKYlo2Cd31jOCgZ \
-u "sk_test_4eC39Hq...arjtT1zdp7dcsk_test_4eC39HqLyjWDarjtT1zdp7dc:"
Response
{
"id": "re_1Nispe2eZvKYlo2Cd31jOCgZ",
"object": "refund",
"amount": 1000,
"balance_transaction": "txn_1Nispe2eZvKYlo2CYezqFhEx",
"charge": "ch_1NirD82eZvKYlo2CIvbtLWuY",
"created": 1692942318,
"currency": "usd",
"destination_details": {
"card": {
"reference": "123456789012",
"reference_status": "available",
"reference_type": "acquirer_reference_number",
"type": "refund"
},
"type": "card"
},
"metadata": {},
"payment_intent": "pi_1GszsK2eZvKYlo2CfhZyoZLp",
"reason": null,
"receipt_number": null,
"source_transfer_reversal": null,
"status": "succeeded",
"transfer_reversal": null
}
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