Charges Layer in Open Event Server

The Open Event Server enables organizers to manage events from concerts to conferences and meetups. It offers features for events with several tracks and venues. This blog post explains how the charge layer has been implemented in the Open Event Server in order to charge the user for tickets of an event.


We currently support payments via Stripe and Paypal. As a result the schema for Charges layer consists of fields for providing the token for stripe or paypal. It also contains a read only id field.

class ChargeSchema(Schema):

    class Meta:
        Meta class for ChargeSchema
        type_ = 'charge'
        inflect = dasherize
        self_view = 'v1.charge_list'
        self_view_kwargs = {'id': '<id>'}

    id = fields.Str(dump_only=True)
    stripe = fields.Str(allow_none=True)
    paypal = fields.Str(allow_none=True)


The ChargeList resource only supports POST requests since there is no need for other type of requests. We simply declare the schema, supported methods and the data layer. We also check for required permissions by declaring the decorators.

class ChargeList(ResourceList):
    ChargeList ResourceList for ChargesLayer class
    methods = ['POST', ]
    schema = ChargeSchema

    data_layer = {
        'class': ChargesLayer,
        'session': db.session

    decorators = (jwt_required,)


The data layer contains a single method create_object which does all the heavy lifting of charging the user according to the payment medium and the related order. It first loads the related order from the database using the identifier.

We first check if the order contains one or more paid tickets or not. If not, then ConflictException is raised since it doesn’t make sense to charge a user without any paid ticket in the order. Next, it checks the payment mode of the order. If the payment mode is Stripe then it checks if the stripe_token is provided with the request or not. If not, an UnprocessableEntity exception is raised otherwise relevant methods are called in order to charge the user accordingly. A similar procedure is followed for payments via Paypal. Below is the full code for reference.

class ChargesLayer(BaseDataLayer):

    def create_object(self, data, view_kwargs):
        create_object method for the Charges layer
        charge the user using paypal or stripe
        :param data:
        :param view_kwargs:
        order = Order.query.filter_by(id=view_kwargs['id']).first()
        if not order:
            raise ObjectNotFound({'parameter': 'id'},
                                 "Order with id: {} not found".format(view_kwargs['id']))
        elif order.status == 'cancelled' or order.status == 'expired':
            raise ConflictException({'parameter': 'id'},
                                    "You cannot charge payments on a cancelled or expired order")
        elif (not order.amount) or order.amount == 0:
            raise ConflictException({'parameter': 'id'},
                                    "You cannot charge payments on a free order")

        # charge through stripe
        if order.payment_mode == 'stripe':
            if not data.get('stripe'):
                raise UnprocessableEntity({'source': ''}, "stripe token is missing")
            success, response = TicketingManager.charge_stripe_order_payment(order, data['stripe'])
            if not success:
                raise UnprocessableEntity({'source': 'stripe_token_id'}, response)

        # charge through paypal
        elif order.payment_mode == 'paypal':
            if not data.get('paypal'):
                raise UnprocessableEntity({'source': ''}, "paypal token is missing")
            success, response = TicketingManager.charge_paypal_order_payment(order, data['paypal'])
            if not success:
                raise UnprocessableEntity({'source': 'paypal'}, response)
        return order

The charge_stripe_order_payment and charge_paypal_order_payment are helper methods defined to abstract away the complications of the procedure from the layer.


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Stripe Authorization In Open Event API Server

The Open Event System supports payments through stripe. Stripe is a suite of APIs that powers commerce for businesses of all sizes. This blogpost covers testing of Stripe Authorization Schema and endpoints in the API Server.

The Stripe Authorization class provides the following endpoints:


In the pull request made for adding documentation and tests, these two endpoints were removed:


This is because each event can have only one stripe authorization, so there can not exist a list of stripe authorization objects related to an event.

The ‘stripe_authorization_list’ endpoint is made POST only. This is because Open Event does not allow individual resources’ list to be accessible. Since, there is no endpoint which returns a list of Stripe Authorizations the StripeAuthorizationList(ResourceListis removed.

The ResourceDetail class was modified to add a query to support  results from ‘/events/<int:event_id>/stripe-authorization’ endpoint suThe view_kwargs for the detail endpoint has to contain the resource id, so event_id from view_kwags is used to get the id for stripe authorization.

stripe_authorization = self.session.query(StripeAuthorization).filter_by(event_id=view_kwargs['event_id']).one()
view_kwargs['id'] =

Writing Test for Documentation

(Tests for the /events/1/stripe-authorization  is described here, for others please refer to links in additional references.)

To test the  /events/1/stripe-authorization endpoint for GET, we first insert a Stripe Authorization object into the database which will then be retrieved by the GET request and then compared with the expected response body from the documentation file.

Since stripe-auth has a required relationship with event class, an event must also exist for strie auth object to be created. The event is also required because the endpoint ‘events/’ expects an event object to exist. The StripeAuthorizationFactory takes care of this with event as a RelatedFactory. So when a StripeAuthorization object is inserted, an event is created first and passed as the required relationship to stripe_list_post endpoint.

The event is related to the stripe object by setting event_id = 1 in the factory.

Adding the pre-test hook for GET:

@hooks.before("StripeAuthorization > Stripe Authorization for an Event > Get Stripe Authorization Details of an Event")
def event_stripe_authorization_get_detail(transaction):
   GET /events/1/stripe-authorization
   :param transaction:
   with stash['app'].app_context():
       stripe = StripeAuthorizationFactory()

The expected response for this request can be found

Additional References:

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