Nova Framework, Tutorials, Stripe API

Stripe API get customer information

Getting a Stripe customers information is a common task to that then making a reusable method.

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First, check the user is logged in if not return. Next get the customer id from the database, if it's empty then return.

Attempt to get the customer from Customer::retrieve()

Lastly, check if the user has been deleted from Strip if so save its state in the database and return the customer array

protected function getCustomer()
    //if not logged in return
    if (!Auth::check()) {
        return null;

    //assign stripe customer from db
    $stripe_customer_id = Auth::user()->stripe_customer_id;

    //no customer id
    if ($stripe_customer_id == null) {
        return null;

    //get customer record from stripe
    try {
        $customer = Customer::retrieve(
            array("id" => $stripe_customer_id, "expand" => array("default_source"))
    } catch (Exception $e) {
        dd('Stripe Customer not found! Error: '.$e->getMessage());

    //if stripe customer has been deleted
    if ($customer->deleted == true) {

        //remove stripe link
        $user = User::find(Auth::id());
        $user->stripe_customer_id = null;

        return null;

    return $customer;


David Carr

David Carr

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