Customers

The customer object is an important component of the Braintree gateway. Use customers to store and organize payment methods. A single customer can have multiple payment methods.

This guide will walk you through the basics. See Customer Request and Customer Response references for complete details.

Create

Use Customer.create() to add new customers.

You can create just a customer without an associated payment method, and the operation will be successful if all customer validations pass:

result = braintree.Customer.create({
    "first_name": "Jen",
    "last_name": "Smith",
    "company": "Braintree",
    "email": "jen@example.com",
    "phone": "312.555.1234",
    "fax": "614.555.5678",
    "website": "www.example.com"
})

result.is_success:
# True

result.customer.id
# e.g. 594019
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Create with payment method

You can also create a customer with an associated payment method:

result = braintree.Customer.create({
    "first_name": "Charity",
    "last_name": "Smith",
    "payment_method_nonce": nonce_from_the_client
})

result.is_success
# True

result.customer.id
# e.g 160923

result.customer.payment_methods[0].token
# e.g f28w
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Success depends on both customer validations and payment method validations, and whether the payment method is verified (if credit card verification is enabled).

See the reference and more examples of creating a customer.

Update

Use Customer.update() to update an existing customer:

result = braintree.Customer.update("the_customer_id", {
    "first_name": "New First Name",
    "last_name": "New Last Name"
})
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See the reference and more examples of updating a customer.

Find

Use Customer.find() to find a customer by ID:

customer = braintree.Customer.find("the_customer_id")
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If the customer cannot be found, it will throw a braintree.exceptions.not_found_error.NotFoundError exception.

The return value of this call will be a Customer response object.

Delete

Use Customer.delete() to delete a customer and its payment methods using the customer's ID:

result = braintree.Customer.delete("the_customer_id")

result.is_success
# True
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