Place a test order

How you can place a test order and put yourself in your subscriber's shoes

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Written by Yasaman
Updated over a week ago

We recommend you place at least one test order during your store setup, or whenever you make changes to your payment settings.

By placing a test order, you can make sure that your checkout process and settings for order processing, inventory, shipping, email notifications, and taxes are all correct.

You aren't charged for a test order.

You can place a test order by simulating a transaction through either of these methods:

  1. Place a test order with a real transaction

In This Article:

Place a test order by Shopify Payments

If you're using Shopify Payments, then you can test your configuration by using Shopify Payments test mode.

Place a test order by Bogus Gateway

To simulate a transaction on your online checkout, you can set up Shopify's Bogus Gateway. Bogus Gateway is a payment provider that any store can use to create test orders. While Bogus Gateway is set up, every order that you create is a test order.

To create an order, you need to enter test payment information at checkout. You can simulate different types of transactions, depending on what information you enter.


  1. From your Shopify admin, go to Settings > Payments.

  2. If you have a credit card payment provider enabled, then deactivate it before continuing. Click Manage > Deactivate (this button also shows the name of your payment provider, for example Deactivate Shopify Payments), then confirm your deactivation.

  3. Do one of the following:

    If you have Shopify Payments enabled:

    • In the Shopify payments section, click Manage.

    • At the bottom of the page, click Switch to a third-party provider, and then click Switch to a third-party provider again to confirm.

    If you don't have Shopify Payments enabled, then in the Shopify payments section, click See all other providers.

    If Shopify Payments isn't available in your country, then in the Payment providers section, click Choose a provider.

  4. Select (for testing) Bogus Gateway from the list.

  5. Click Activate (for testing) Bogus Gateway.

  6. Click Save.

  7. Go to your online store and place an order as a customer would. At checkout, enter the following credit card details instead of genuine numbers:

Field name

Details to enter

Name on card

Enter Bogus Gateway

Credit card number

Enter each of these in turn to simulate different types of transaction:

  • Enter 1 to simulate a successful transaction

  • Enter 2 to simulate a failed transaction

  • Enter 3 to simulate an exception (this generates a message indicating that an error has occurred with the provider)


Enter any 3-digit number (for example, 111.)

Expiry Date

Enter any date in the future.

8. After you're done testing, click Manage next to (for testing) Bogus Gateway in โ€Œ โ€Œ โ€Œ โ€Œ your Shopify admin.

9. Click Deactivate (for testing) Bogus Gateway to remove this gateway from your checkout.


The test purchase amount needs to be greater than the equivalent of $1 USD in any currency.

Place a test order with a real transaction

You can place a test order using a real payment provider, and then immediately cancel and refund the order. You might be subject to fees from the payment processor you use. Credit card third-party transaction fees aren't returned to you when you issue a refund.

If you're using a development store, then you can't test using real transactions. For more information, refer to Testing orders in development stores.


Before you test a payment gateway with a real transaction, refer to the terms of service for your payment provider.


  1. Make sure that you've set up the payment provider that you want to test.

  2. Make a purchase from your store as a customer would, and complete checkout using genuine credit card details.

  3. If you're using a third-party payment provider, then log in to your payment provider and make sure that the funds were processed.

  4. Cancel and refund the order as soon as possible to refund yourself. Any third-party transaction fees that have been charged are not refunded.

Testing your shipping settings

You can make sure that your shipping settings are correct by placing a test order. For example, if you offer free shipping for a certain order value, then you can test an order that would qualify for free shipping to make sure that the shipping discount is applied.

Learn more about shipping settings.

Testing email notifications

You can review your email notifications by placing a test order. To receive email notifications, enter your email address at checkout.

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