WordPress E-Commerce Plugins Update to Support Stripe’s Global Expansion of Currencies

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Stripe announced that it now supports 139 currencies in an effort to increase patrons’ ability to sell to worldwide audiences. The update allows those using Stripe to charge customers using any of the new currencies. Stripe handles the conversion and transfers funds to its patrons in their home currencies with a 2% fee added on top.

This massive expansion of available currencies is prompting WordPress e-commerce developers to update their Stripe payment processing extensions. The process is not complicated, according to Lew Ayotte, developer of iThemes Exchange. He pushed the updates this morning to their free Stripe gateway. “It was actually pretty easy,” he said. “We modified the add-on to pull the supported currencies from Stripe’s API, which we then use to list as the usable currencies in Exchange. Beforehand it was a manual process.”

Pippin Williamson confirmed that the Easy Digital Downloads Stripe gateway extension is being modified and will also support all 139 currencies.

WordPress e-commerce solutions that support Stripe are not required to add all of the additional currencies, although it is highly encouraged. The conversion rates are calculated in real-time. Stripe representatives claim that “localized pricing increases checkout completion rates by eliminating uncertainty for your customers and letting them avoid conversion fees.”

To start accepting new currencies, there’s nothing that needs to be enabled within the account dashboard – it’s all done via the API. WordPress developers updating Stripe extensions can find examples in the documentation. Stripe’s Account API includes the currencies_supported method for identifying which currencies an account can submit when creating charges.

Although Stripe is becoming an increasingly popular way to manage payment processing, it is still only available for use in a handful of countries. The team is working diligently to expand its services beyond the US and Europe. Hopefully, when that day arrives, the changes required to the software ecosystem surrounding Stripe will be just as easy to implement as the new currencies announced today.

5 Comments


  1. Many currencies is great, but being able to accept Stripe payments in evenso many countries would be far better. From the same blog post as linked to: “businesses using Stripe in the US and Europe”.
    How about Asia where > 40% of the global population lives?
    Now that would be news!

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  2. Stripe is great.

    The fact that you don’t have to leave the site in order to pay improves the flow of the process and increase your conversion rate. Sells boosted on any single site where I implemented Stripe. 100% recommended.

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  3. Good story to note but strip hasn’t ping the most populous black country in the World so do many WordPress merchants out there and they are leaving the big stake on the table because many developers, firms and professionals in Nigeria are getting baptized with WordPress and its amazing community. What they need in Nigeria is option for easy payment via their debit master/visa cards and I assure you 100% turn-over because we love latest trend and solution.

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    1. barni, would you happen to know some nigerian gateways? is the prevalent payment method legacy card-based or are there alternative payment systems used?

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